Director: Terry Gilliam Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Michael Palin, Kim Greist

DVD (Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo)

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The Criterion Collection has long been considered the Rolls Royce of the DVD world, and releases such as this three-disc edition of Brazil demonstrate why. Supplemental packages such as the one found here are the reason the DVD medium was created. Two versions of the film are included, both the original, two-and-a-half hour international version and the heavily abridged, 94-minute American cut. Disc one contains the longer version with an optional commentary by director Terry Gilliam, who is as interesting and insightful as ever, while the third disc contains the shorter version. Disc two contains the bulk of the extras. There are two lengthy documentaries, each complete with chapter stops and indexes: "The Battle of Brazil, clocking in at 56 minutes, chronicles Gilliam's infamous struggle with Universal Studios to get his film released in its entirety and is a fascinating glimpse into the inner machinations of the Hollywood system. "What is Brazil?" is a half-hour featurette containing interviews with cast and crew, behind-the-scenes footage, and deleted scenes. Additionally, disc two contains a "Production Notebook," which is indexed into script development, set design, costume design, storyboard, film score, special effect, and theatrical trailer chapters, all spotlighting their respective creators. Visually, the film has been given top-notch treatment, with complete digital restoration of the optical effects; as a result, the picture is quite pristine with dark, rich blacks and very little picture noise. The audio is not presented in a 5.1 format as might be expected, perhaps due to limitations of source material, but the dialogue is very clear, making good use of the center channel. The Dolby Stereo Surround is well balanced. There exists no better testament to the potential that the DVD medium holds for the enrichment of the film-viewing experience. This set provides an irresistible look into every aspect of a revolutionary film and will be a staple of any collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/1999
UPC: 0037429138526
Original Release: 1985
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time: 2:22:00

Special Features

Widescreen transfer of Terry Gilliam's 142-minute final cut; Remastered Dolby stereo Surround soundtrack; Audio commentary by Terry Gilliam; English subtitles; "What is Brazil?" Rob Hedden's 30 minute on-set documentary; "The Battle of Brazil: A Video History," original 60-minute Criterion documentary by Jack Mathews; Screenwriters Tom Stoppard and Charles McKeown on the script; Production designer Norman Garwood on the look of "Brazil"; Costume designer James Acheson on the couture of fantasy and fascism; Storyboards for Gilliam's original dream sequences; Composer Michael Kamen unveils the sources of his score; Special effects, raw footage, unfinished effects; Theatrical trailer, plus publicity and production stills; 94-minute cut of "Brazil" includes alternate opening to controversial happy ending; Audio commentary by Gilliam expert David Morgan

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jonathan Pryce Sam Lowry
Michael Palin Jack Lint
Kim Greist Jill Layton
Robert De Niro Harry Tuttle
Katherine Helmond Ida Lowrey
Ian Holm Kurtzman
Ian Richardson Warren
Peter Vaughan Helpmann
Bob Hoskins Spoor
Derrick O'Connor Dowser
Charles McKeown Lime
Barbara Hicks Mrs. Terrian
Kathryn Pogson Shirley
Jim Broadbent Dr. Jaffe
Jack Purvis Dr. Chapman
Bryan Pringle Spiro
Sheila Reid Mrs. Buttle
Ray Cooper Technician
John Flanagan TV Interviewer/Salesman
Brian Miller Mr. Buttle
Simon Nash Boy Buttle
Prudence Oliver Girl Buttle
Simon Jones Arrest Official
Derek Deadman Bill, Department of Works
Nigel Planer Charlie, Department of Works
Tony Portacio Neighbor in Clerk's Pool
Winston Dennis Samurai Warrior
Diana Martin Telegram Girl
Elizabeth Spender Alison/Barbara Lint
Antony Brown Porter, Information Retrieval
Myrtle Devenish Typist in Jack's Office
Holly Gilliam Holly
John Pierce Jones Basement Guard
Ann Way Old Lady with Dog
Terry Forrestal Burning Trooper
Don Henderson 1st Black Maria Guard
Howard Lew Lewis 2nd Black Maria Guard
Oscar Quitak Interview Official
Patrick Connor Cell Guard
Roger Ashton-Griffiths Priest
Gorden Kaye M.O.I. Lobby Porter
Sadie Corré Midget Woman

Technical Credits
Terry Gilliam Director,Screenwriter
James Acheson Costumes/Costume Designer
John Beard Art Director
Patrick Cassavetti Co-producer
Richard Conway Special Effects
Julian Doyle Editor
Graham Ford Production Manager
Norman Garwood Production Designer
George Gibbs Special Effects
Frank Gill Screenwriter
Joseph P. Grace Associate Producer
Maggie Gray Set Decoration/Design
Michael Kamen Score Composer
Laura Kerr Screenwriter
Irene Lamb Casting
Charles McKeown Screenwriter
Arnon Milchan Producer
Robert North Producer
Keith Pain Art Director
Roger Pratt Cinematographer
Walter Scharf Score Composer
Aaron Sherman Makeup
Tom Stoppard Screenwriter
Tip Tipping Stunts
Bill Weston Stunts
Maggie Weston Makeup

Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Final Cut
1. Logos [:28]
2. 8:49 p.m., Somewhere in the 20th Century [3:19]
3. "That is your Receipt for your Husband" [3:43]
4. Department of Records [2:32]
5. Dreams and Reality [2:29]
6. The Truth Shall Make You Free; "I Want to Report a Wrongful Arrest" [3:16]
7. Suspicion Breeds Confidence; Mother Pulling Strings [2:44]
8. Bon Appetit! [5:21]
9. "Thank you for Calling Central Services..." [2:24]
10. "Harry Tuttle, Heating Engineer, at your Service" [4:29]
11. 27b-6 [3:43]
12. Buttle's Refund Check [5:24]
13. Happiness, We're All in it Together [7:32]
14. "I Don't Know What I Want" [4:21]
15. "You've 'ad That Scab Tuttle in 'ere, ain'tcha?" [2:04]
16. Samurai Battle [3:31]
17. An Invitation From Mother [1:33]
18. "Snip, Snip, Slice, Slice" [4:30]
19. "'Ere I am J.H." [2:22]
20. Information Retrieval [3:52]
21. DZ-015, The New Boy Next Door [5:45]
22. Who Can You Trust? Freelance Subversion [6:22]
23. Lift Out of Order [4:44]
24. "I've Been Dreaming About You" [5:08]
25. No Sense Of Reality [5:48]
26. Romantic Lingerie [3:59]
27. "An Empty Desk is an Efficient Desk" [5:27]
28. Unnecessary Repairs [3:56]
29. Rescuing Jill [6:37]
30. "Care for a Little Necropilia?" [3:45]
31. Wasting Ministry Time and Paper [3:47]
32. "Don't Fight it Son" [6:29]
33. Keep Your City Tidy [2:08]
34. "Mr. Lowry, So Pleased You Could Make It" [5:27]
35. End Credits [4:03]
Side #3 -- "Love Conquers All" Version
1. Opening Titles [1:42]
2. Subject: Tuttle, Archibald [1:25]
3. Happy Holidays [2:59]
4. Department of Records [3:44]
5. "I Want to Report a Wrongful Arrest" [2:36]
6. Mother's Influence [2:27]
7. "I Need a Heating Engineer!" [5:21]
8. Central Services [3:33]
9. Buttle's Refund Check [3:33]
10. Sam Visits Mrs. Buttle [6:18]
11. Accepting Mother's Promotion [5:33]
12. Information Retrieval [6:28]
13. Officer 412-L [6:08]
14. Sam Arrests Jill [8:18]
15. Mind That Parcel [5:20]
16. "They're Always Hangin' Around in Lingerie" [4:45]
17. Cause and Effect [6:31]
18. Fighting Back [2:25]
19. Rescuing Jill/Necrophilia [5:26]
20. Arrest and Detain [6:07]
21. Love Conquers All [2:51]

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Brazil 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie, with its brilliant perplexity, is bound to be kept out of the mainstream and deemed ''boring'' by some who see it. Indeed movies are boring when they are far too complex to comprehend. Most people prefer the standard formula for action movies that has been done a million times before. Most people desire to step into a movie theater and see some car chases, sex scenes, and crude aphorisms that they would consider to be humor. Then there are people like me, who love seeing things that stimulate the mind. What I value in a movie is the thought put into its script and its direction. Certainly one of the most thoughtful directors in this respect is Terry Gilliam. His name under this movie's title is what drew me in, since I loved 12 Monkeys and I'm a huge Monty Python fan. The plot of Brazil is enough to make your mind explode, and then understanding all the tiny subplots surrounding the main idea behind storyline is enough to change you forever. As the creepily lighthearted musical score pierced my ears as the movie faded into credits, I knew I would never be able to think the same way again. Terry Gilliam has really done it this time. See this movie. I don't care how you do it. You can't let another second of your life slip by without having this movie's message in your head.
andrewd18 More than 1 year ago
The bureaucracy has won. People's everyday lives are overrun with paperwork, interrogations, and miles of red tape, all in an effort to keep people safe from "the terrorists". It's a delightful film with excellent A-list actors, and I highly recommend it for fans of dystopian films.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really, really a great movie. Highly recommended, but if you don't like this type of satirical humor, you may become bored. I won't ruin anything for you, buy this movie tonight and watch it twice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
gilliam combines the totalitarianism of orwell's 1984 and the distorted reality from kafka novels and creates this cinematic masterpiece. fans of surrealism and dark comedy will enjoy this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This wild and dark look at the inhumanity of the modern condition makes laughter and tears flow together in a psychotic yet prescient look at the world of 1984 and the future present. This movie represents the best type of entertainment, because it amuses while causing one to look inward. It is among the greatest motion pictures made.
The_Dad More than 1 year ago
The bigger, badder brothers of the Rube Goldberg machines from 12 Monkeys dominate the "real life" visuals of Brazil. But, the fantasy sequences are stunning with heroic images in the style of the early Soviet and Nazi propaganda movies with fantastic Art Deco sets. The characters and the story line give an unsettling mix of slapstick comedy, dark cynicism, and (maybe) flamboyant individualism defying the impersonal grinding of the state. How dark? In one scene waiters set up screens to separate a table of diners (who continue to eat and talk) from the bloody victims of a terrorist bomb that goes off in the other half of the restaurant. This movie is a beautiful, offbeat retelling of 1984. But make no mistake, the story at the heart of this movie is the same story at the heart of Orwell's 1984. It does NOT have a happy ending. It does raise questions that are worth your time and thought. Finally, if you are a fan of Terry Gilliam, then this movie must be in your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although this title is totally uncharacteristic of anything Terry Gilliam has ever done, it is a truly enjoyable title. The world Gilliam creates is a nightmarish place, akin to ''Airstrip One'' from Orwell's 1984, where life is cheap and freedom is a vague hope. My only complaint is that Gilliam goes too far over the top, and too often.
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JohnQ More than 1 year ago
The three-disk set of Brazil provides an invaluable education on what can (and often does) happen to a director's move once the "suits" get a hold of it. The Directors cut is wonderful. Brazil is far from being a great movie but it is such an interesting one that I have watched it many times over and it becomes more of a delight with every viewing. The studio cut of the film (the so-called 'love concurs all' cut) is interesting to watch. The studios attempt to give the film a happy ending only results in some rather inexplicable behavior from the characters when seen outside of the director's intention. However, it also shows that Brazil might have been a better movie if Gilliam had planned a happy ending to begin with, instead of one he gave us. Yet, having made the movie he intended to make, it proves once again that the "suits" have to keep their hands off the finished product. As the old silent movie director, Eric Von Stroheim, once said, "The man who cut my film had nothing on his mind but a hat". However, for those who want to understand the inner workings of a Director/Studio fight over a film, the third disk is a wonder to behold. It has everybody's side of the fight over this film and is well worth the purchase of the three-disk set instead of merely the single disk of the directors cut.
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Totally wasteful. And I know totalitarianism, I was born in the country that defined it. His satire has no teeth, all he shows is a panopticum of ridiculous personalities with trivial and predictable actions. This is no “1984”, folks. The director is desperately trying to either be cute or supersmart. Well, he is neither. Gilliam is full of himself; just watch his interview, in which he is bragging about deceiving studios that provided financing for his project.