Total Recall THX reviews?

Bill Thomann

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I'm wondering if it really came out. Every B&M store I tried didn't get it in. I called DDD & tried to order it this afternoon & was told it was discontinued (not backordered) & that it could not be ordered. If somebody did get it please let us know how it is & more importantly: Where the hell you got it?
 

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On Amazon.com, it says this version is unrated. Is this some kind of different cut? I remember Verhoeven saying how much violence he had to cut out to get an R rating. It'd be cool if so, but I figure they'd advertise this more if it was indeed the case.
 

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I'm interested in more info too. I see it had a Blu-Ray release in August, and that's listed as "R". Seems strange they wouldn't use the same transfer for both releases, but you never know.

I already bought this movie twice on DVD, but I'd be interested in an unrated cut.

Oh, DDD still has it on its site to order (for $12.38), but when you add it to your cart it says it's not in stock and will ship when it's available.
 

David (C)

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Doubt this release is anything other than the US theatrical version.

I hope this release has been re-color timed from the ground up. There're a lot of "lazy" mistakes made in the Special Edition transfer.
 

Travis Brashear

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Mine is currently en route to me from DVDEmpire.com. I, too, had originally ordered it from DeepDiscountDVD, only to be given the same bullshit story that the title was cancelled and would not be released. Now, I'm just waiting for my trusty mail carrier to drop off the goods from DVDEmpire. I'll be sure to give my impressions when he does (I also own the Mars tin version to use in comparison/contrast).
 

Bill Thomann

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Great to hear Travis. Can't wait for your impressions on its audio/video quality & extras. As soon as you post them if they're positive I'll order it from DVDEmpire too.
 

Travis Brashear

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Well, the disc has arrived and I am tremendously disappointed. The print used is the same dirty, uneven print used for all prior DVD releases, and the THX Optimum bullshit Resolution enhancement has provided only the most minimal improvement to the clarity of the image; it's still light years away from that crisp, 3-D quality we know the film could/should/deserves to look like. The sound option has been upgraded from DD 5.1 to 6.1 EX, so maybe that would be worth it for some, but as a video upgrade, this represents only the most fractional step up from what's come before. A major disappointment, but for whatever it's worth, there is an insert inside that promises further THX O.R. releases, like STARGATE: Extended Cut and JACOB'S LADDER, which look like ass currently, so I'll probably give those another try (like the idiot I am)...
 

Bill Thomann

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Travis, thanks for the review. Sure does sound disappointing. Since I sold back the Mars tin to Wal Mart I might still pick up this unimpressive new release. What's the skinny on the special features on the THX release? Same as before? Better? Worse? None?
 

Travis Brashear

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Zip, zilch, nada, just like the first wave of Superbits; considering how many bonus features were on the one-disc S.E., there really should have been a measurable improvement for this THX O.R. release, since they were all dropped but, alas, no. As soon as I went to the opening dream scene on Mars and saw all the compression artifacting, noise, dirt and red color bleed that was on the other earlier releases, my heart sank. And it never got notably better from there...
 

Jeff D Han

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Thanks for the heads up on this release, Travis! This will not be a
part of my constant tinkering with my library to get the best
possible releases of my favorite films.
 

Dave H

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Thanks for the input. It seems as if studios are doing fewer meaningful "clean-ups" or remastering on re-releases these days, but that just saves me money.
 

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I was looking forward to this but I'm glad it wasn't available so I wouldn't waste my money. What a dissapointment, there were so many things they could've fixed for this.
 

Mark_TS

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after several editions of STARGATE already out, there had better well be visible improvements.
As for JACOBS LADDER-an underated classic--I hope they do it justice also.
 

Asaki

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The real burning question is if it's actually unrated like Amazon says it is. That would be the selling point, right there.
 

Travis Brashear

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As I indicated above, it's the exact same source print used for the prior Region 1 TOTAL RECALL release, which means it's the standard rated-R release. Amazon has its facts wrong.
 

Asaki

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Bummer, but thanks for the info. Tried emailing Lionsgate about it, but all their addresses bounced right back to me.
 

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