Total Recall

7.51 h 53 min1990X-RayHDRUHDR
A construction worker plagued by dreams of Mars visits an agency that implants virtual vacation memories. When the procedure backfires, however, he realizes he was once a secret agent whose memory was wiped – and now must travel to Mars for real.
Paul Verhoeven
Arnold SchwarzeneggerRachel TicotinSharon Stone
Science FictionSuspenseHorrorEPGAdventureAction
English [CC]
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Ronny Cox
Andrew G. VajnaRonald ShusettBuzz FeitshansMario Kassar
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Lucifers ScribeReviewed in the United States on February 26, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
I wish I could rate it the maximum value of (.)(.)(.)'s. But five stars will do...
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This movie is one of the best "Arnie" movies hands down.

While all of Arnie's movies "hold up" to the changing times, this movie, in particular, is still utterly watchable today. For both new audiences, and those of us Gen Xers who grew up with these gems.

You have to understand that for its time, this movie was exquisitely controversial for its racy edgy mix of sex and what was then GRAPHIC violence, that by today's standards is very tame and cartoonish. It's Nihilistic and Dystopian view of the human social paradigm of the near future, was a direct reflection of how we as a culture really felt it was going to be. In many ways, they got it right. In many ways, they got it wrong.

One of the fun parts is how light, cavalier and almost fun and aloof the movie is about its dystopian representation of the future. Sharing a somewhat lighter and more fun exploration of many themes of transhuman or dystopian corporatism that can be found in most of Philip K Dicks works, as well as many other sci-fi movies of the time. Unlike the BEAUTIFUL but heavy and almost nightmarish artistic Noir of Blade Runner... Total Recall manages to make dystopian futures look less like a melancholy hell, and more like a fun beer commercial.

Now is this a perfect movie?

I would say that as a combination of time capsule, and a really fun movie with an interesting plot that asks some very fun questions about perception and reality, it is absolutely one of those movies that I think everyone should see once.

It is a classic, and the remake that was made was utterly forgettable in every way.

Failing to even come close to capturing the FLAVOR this movie had.

This movie isn't filet minion, It's a greasy gooey cheeseburger fried up on a local working class burger shops stove filled with all the sinful and bad for you mixtures of grease, and whatever wasn't scraped off the grill. That burger that you may not be proud of loving, but can't live without.

This is a masterpiece, not because of it's quality and high brow scripting.

This is a comfort food movie, a Quintessential Arnie movie, and a right of passage for young men everywhere Ahem... (.)(.)(.)
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Serkan OkarReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Unfortunately, the movie is still grainy. I've other 4K movies that are also grainy. I think when the original film elements (i.e. film stock) is grainy, 4K simply doesn't remove the grains; the grainy look just carries over. Another difficulty with Total Recall, from video quality perspective, is that it's a dark film with not many colors. Almost all the colors are passive, pastel colors. Everybody's wearing gray and beige colors (when I mean everybody, I mean everybody). Doug is wearing gray shirt with beige pants, Lori is wearing gray suit, every other character is wearing, again, beige or gray or black colors. The interior design is also very colorless, beige/brown colors (that's on purpose, to give it a dream-like atmosphere). So these elements are not helping the 4K transfer and not in favor. If you already own the blu-ray, I don't think it's worth upgrading it to 4K - although the price is very reasonable (I bought it for $14) so you might as well buy 4K edition. I think, in my opinion, the Dolby Atmos is probably a better reason to upgrade from blu-ray to 4K, more so than the video quality.
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MasterpiecfReviewed in the United States on December 15, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
this was weactly what I wanted t o see thank ...
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this was weactly what I wanted t o see thank you very much

I will be in the dorctors office
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Def BillyReviewed in the United States on December 29, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good - but I would not mind more!
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I am still upgrading SOME blu-rays to 4K when it warrants one. Total Recall has always been rough on BD while the film itself is still a original classic.

I'll get right to the main point. I popped this in on my correctly calibrated 65" LG 4K HDR/DV TV - and my initial impression was that it looked like Total Recall as I had known it - only on a 4K disc! It still had a grainy, dry and a kind of dark look to it and I felt 'this is why it came out at $15!' I was not too happy and not too disappointed. Then I remembered that this might be in Dolby Vision, so I switched it to DV - and THEN it opened the picture quality up!

I guess this was mastered in DV because this title was one of VERY few DV titles that when switched to the DV version - there was a CLEAR difference in presentation! Other titles did not show such dramatic differences like this one did. The picture had gone from darker - to brighter. Colors had gone from muted and almost monotone - to popping with more distinction and impact. Detail had gone from BD quality - to a 4K arena picture! It still had that late 80's/early 90's 'dry' and more muted look, but the DV brought out more of the picture in every respect.

The Mars scenes and the reds looked far richer than in HDR. I really did not pay attention to blacks, but since I had noticed a problem, it must have been pretty good for the picture. Detail was strong but grain was onto everything. Make no mistake, the film does look like a 30 year old film, although films far older look newer...

The story and film are still great, but the tech no longer holds up for a film that takes place in 2084 and we are now going into 2021. Of course, the first old tech that stands out are the tube TV's! I know it is hard to guess (even though they should have guessed flat screen, as 16:9 screen were around then) things in the future, but if they would have guessed flat screen and 4K like Star Trek did - this film would not look as dated now. The picture quality on the screens with the scan lines also make it look dated, as do the cars. They tried.

The sound is better than I recalled and it is in actually surround sound. Maybe I still don't have my Atmos speakers hooked up right (although the DV test played correctly...), but any Atmos effects that I heard sounded kind of matrixed and not distinct. I do not recall hearing Atmos from the rear, but I had a little 'bubble' in my ear at the time, but popped it out half way in, but I still heard nothing. Overall, the sound did very well in separating it from that 'dry, overblown bass' of the late 80's and early 90's films. Most from that era (unless of the largest budgets) just sound like that, which takes away from the experience.

If this is as good as it gets - then you must get it. If they can do better, then I would wait. I WOULD wait if you do not have a Dolby Vision setup because that is the only way that this film looks good enough to satisfy me. Also, watching this was like watching the Twilight Zone of my real life! I recall (!) when this was the biggest thing out and Arnold was on a roll. The effects at the time were mind blowing and this was on cable so many times. It is weird how one minute Arnold is on top and this film and Ticotin were hot, then next - THIRTY-ONE years pass by and you realize that you are far removed from a teen, and that the next 30 years - won't be good! lol.
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Twin SimmonsReviewed in the United States on December 30, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Incredible Fun
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I just watched this for the first time. I saw the remake in theaters a few years back, and it was atrocious. Now that I've seen the original, I consider the remake an affront. This film is intentionally over the top and corny; I mean it's our boy Arnie, but it's 10/10 for excitement and style. The sheer madness of all the crazy face-bending, mind-twisting, gross-out aliens (mutants, technically) and body horror combined with gratuitous headshots, alien (and some human) tits, the human body shields, Michael Ironside, Sharon Stone, and the whole supporting cast really getting into it, and the one-liners OH the one-liners in this movie will do you in. Not to mention the plot is easy to follow and has a decent hook. Too much to ask for anymore. Top-shelf Schwarzenegger here, folks. They don't make 'em like this anymore.

p.s. The guy with the messed up face is Hank Schrader from Breaking Bad
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
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The disc looks great as you'd expect BUT the digital code no longer worked. I emailed the retailer about it but have yet to hear back. That was half the reason I got this so the star rating is affected.
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A. RoseReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fun and enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours
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This movie has been remade with Colin Farrell in the starring role, but that one took itself far too seriously for my taste. This version, with its rollicking, comicbook-style action has always been my favorite, and not just because I enjoy looking at Schwarzenegger's pecks (though you have to admit that he made very nice eye candy). This has a storyline that is exciting and yet has its comic moments as well. Set in the distant future, a construction worker decides to follow his dreams and have the memory of a vacation on Mars implanted in his brain. Unfortunately, the implant procedure triggers memories that he is actually a spy for the Martian government, and he ends up running for his life while still trying to unscramble what's in his head. What follows is the most fabulous series of gloriously choreographed fight scenes, with hardly a breath between them, that has ever graced film. This was released well into Schwarzenegger's acting career, and shows in the polish and ease with which he brings off the character. It also costars Michael Ironside and Sharon Stone, both as agents for the Martian government that are after the erstwhile spy. This has a lot of violence as well as some light nudity, so it may not be suitable for younger viewers. But it is definitely a fun and enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on April 4, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A man finds out his whole life is a lie when he goes to Mars
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Mars is the site of strategic mining for Earth. There is a revolt going on there however which threatens the enterprise. Thrown into the middle of things is Doug (Arnold Schwarzenegger) a working class construction worker. Doug has constant dreams about going to Mars so he tries a new system called Total Recall that implants thoughts into people’s minds including a trip to the red planet. He chooses a package that would make him a secret agent. The problems start when he claims he’s a secret agent even before the process begins. He finds out his whole life was a lie.

Total Recall was a blast when it came out and is still great fun today. It had some of the best special effects before CGI took over. There’s a great scene where Doug is using a mechanical woman’s body and it comes apart in segments. The story was just as good. Even after the first reveal that Doug’s life wasn’t what he thought it was their continued to be twists and turns. By this time writers also realized that Schwarzenegger was great with one liners so there are a bunch of those throughout the film. It even plays upon a common theme of the rich and powerful exploiting the people for their own gain. Overall this still stands as a great piece of sci-fi.
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