Blu-Ray™ Review: Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Douglas Quaid) stars in Lionsgate Home Entertainment's Total Recall - Mind Bending Edition

The thinking man’s action movie!

Paul Verhoeven, Total Recall: Mind-Bending EditionTotal Recall is one of the few science fiction films that withstood the test of time. Arnold Schwartzenegger–pre-governor star of the 90’s scifi film–is back in phenomenal Blu-Ray™ transfer. The short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, by writer Philip K. Dick, was inspiration for the film. This is perhaps one of Schwartzenegger‘s best films.

The original film stars Schwarzenegger as Douglas Quaid/Hauser married to the beautiful Lori (Sharon Stone) who longed for his life to be more than just some muscled up construction worker. He wanted to live out his recurrent dreams of being on the planet Mars in the year 2084. Against the wishes of his wife and best friend, he decided to take a “virtual vacation” to Mars, and goes to the Rekall Coporation, a company that implants artificial vacations or memories to “remember” visiting the red planet. However, Quaid soon learns that he is actually an amnesiac secret agent from Mars–or is he?

When Quaid is set up to begin his trip, something unexpected happens and now he has people coming to kill him. He eventually ends up on Mars and saving the human and mutant population from a greedy ruler named Vilos Cohaagen (Ronny Cox)–or did he?

Get your ass to Mars!

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Douglas Quaid, left) and Sharon Stone (Lori, right) star in Lionsgate Home Entertainment's Total Recall - Mind Bending Edition.

Total Recall is an ultra-violent film that wraps awesome around any other action film to date. This is one of those rare Schwarzenegger films where we see him actually playing to his strengths as a action-hero–and as a pivotal leading character.  He does a fantastic job in this film, and with the guidance of director Verhoeven (Robocop, Basic Instinct), you get nothing but fantastic shots and spectacular special effects. In addition to an equally brilliant cast of characters: Rachel Ticotin as Melina, Quaid’s rebel partner and love interest, along with Ronny Cox and Michael Ironside as the suitable evil villains that makes for an ultra-fantastic action film.

Now for the Blu-Ray™ bits: Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition presents on a spectacular Blu-Ray™ transfer courtesy of Lionsgate and StudioCanal with an AVC Encoded 1080p (1.85:1) and is phenomenal. The transfer was supervised and approved by the director Paul Verhoeven (it even says so on the platinum sticker placed on the casing) and is extremely choice. The color and saturation is in HD quality, and the entire film detail is impressive. You won’t see any snowing effects or dissaturated  coloring. Also, you hardly see any excess digital modifications–the film quality is tight, although the film does show its age–it is a 90s feature after-all.

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 in English, French and German. The sound is completely immersive media and the soundtrack renders in excellent quality and condition.


Arnold Schwarzenegger (Douglas Quaid) stars in Lionsgate Home Entertainment's Total Recall - Mind Bending Edition - 2

The Blu-Ray™ special features include an all-new interview with Director Paul Verhoeven that is exclusive to release and it is mind-blowing to hear him discuss how he actually became director of Total Recall. There is additional commentary from writersspecial effects team, and much more. The best feature on the disc is the restoration comparison where the old version of the film is set up to reveal the high-quality, high-definition transfer from the original film negative; and this bit is also exclusive to the release.

Models and Skeletons: The Special Effects of Total Recall is an in-depth look at the special effects used at the time with members of the effects team also featured. Imagining Total Recall is a documentary that runs approximately 30-mins that feature interviews with those involved in the films production including an interview with the late Jerry Goldsmith.

Just in time for the release of the 2012 remake starring Colin Ferrell and Jessica Biel, and Kate Beckinsale, the Mind-Bending Edition features a wealth of extras any hard-core fan of the original film would not miss an opportunity to add this classic to their collection.

Additional features include:

  • Audio Commentary with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Director Paul Verhoeven
  • Interview with Director Paul Verhoeven
  • A “Making-of Featurette”
  • “Models and Skeletons: The Special Effects of Total Recall
  • Imagining Total Recall Documentary
  • Restoration comparison
  • Trailer
  • Photo Gallery
Blu-Ray™ Specifications:
  • 1080p High Definition
  • Widescreen presentation
  • English, French and German 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™
  • French and German Subtitles
  • English SDH
  • 1990; Color, Run-time 113 minutes

Source: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Total Recall, Mind-Bending Edition
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 5 stars
  • Spectacular

Review Summary:

Experience Total Recall the way it was meant to be seen with a pristine Director approved 1080P HD transfer! Action star extraordinaire Arnold Schwarzenegger is perfectly cast as Quaid, a 2084 construction worker haunted by dreams of Mars in this crowd-pleasing science fiction spectacle. Against the wishes of his sexy blonde wife (Sharon Stone), Quaid goes to Rekall, a company that implants artificial memories, so he can "remember" visiting the red planet that is now being settled by human inhabitants. However, Quaid is actually a secret agent from Mars - or is he?

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