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Brazil - Special Edition (1985)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Jonathan Pryce Sam Lowry
Robert De Niro Archibald 'Harry' Tuttle
Kim Greist Jill Layton
Robert DeNiro
Katherine Helmond Mrs. Ida Lowry
Ian Holm Mr. M. Kurtzmann
Bob Hoskins Spoor
Michael Palin Jack Lint
Ian Richardson Mr. Warrenn
Peter Vaughan Mr. Helpmann
Jim Broadbent Dr. Jaffe
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Fantasy; Sci-Fi
Director Terry Gilliam
Producer Arnon Milchan
Writer Terry Gilliam; Tom Stoppard
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 326 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 8.0
If Franz Kafka had been an animator and film director--oh, and a member of Monty Python's Flying Circus--this is the sort of outrageously dystopian satire one could easily imagine him making. However, Brazil was made by Terry Gilliam, who is all of the above except, of course, Franz Kafka. Be that as it may, Gilliam sure captures the paranoid-subversive spirit of Kafka's The Trial (along with his own Python animation) in this bureaucratic nightmare-comedy about a meek governmental clerk named Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) whose life is destroyed by a simple bug. Not a software bug, a real bug (no doubt related to Kafka's famous Metamorphosis insect) that gets smooshed in a printer and causes a typographical error unjustly branding poor Sam as a miscreant.

The movie presents such an unrelentingly imaginative and savage vision of 20th-century bureaucracy that it almost became a victim of small-minded studio management itself--until Gilliam surreptitiously screened his cut for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, who named it the best movie of 1985 and virtually embarrassed Universal into releasing it. This DVD version of Brazil is the special director's cut that first appeared in Criterion's comprehensive (and expensive) six-disc laser package in 1996. Although the DVD (at a fraction of the price) doesn't include that set's many extras, it's still a bargain. --Jim Emerson

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 40
Collection Status In Collection
Location Main
Links Amazon US
DVD Empire
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
UPC (Barcode) 025192016820
Chapters 72
Release Date 4/1/2003
Packaging Custom Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen