Blu-ray Release: Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition

Blu-ray Release Date: July 31, 2012
Blu-ray $14.99
Studio: Lionsgate


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Arnold Schwarzenegger fights for the future of Mars in Total Recall.

The original 1990 sci-fi action movie Total Recall, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger got a Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition Blu-ray release thanks to the remake starring Colin Farrell (Horrible Bosses),  Kate Beckinsale (Contraband) and  Jessica Biel (The A Team).

Inspired by the Philip K. Dick short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale,” Total Recall is set in the year 2084 with Ah-nold portraying Quaid, a construction worker haunted by dreams of Mars. Against the wishes of his sexy wife (Sharon Stone, $5 a Day), 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. That aim is quickly turned on its head, however, when Quaid learns that he’s actually an amnesiac secret agent from Mars. Or is he?

Total Recall was directed for maximum impact by Paul Verhoeven (Showgirls), who oversaw the video transfer process for this Blu-ray. He wasn’t involved in the 2006 Blu-ray, which was generally regarded as a disappointing high-definition release, so we have better hopes for this one.

Joining the previously released bonus materials on the Mind-Bending Blu-ray, which was released timed to the new film’s theater release, are two newly produced pieces: an interview with Verhoeven and a restoration comparison between the high-definition transfer and the old one.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.