Written by Gilliam, Charles McKeown (both of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) and Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love), Brazil remains Gilliam’s greatest directing/writing accomplishment, a perfect amalgam of his Monty Python roots, his political and social agenda and his unique and spectacular visual sense.
The fantasy film stars Jonathan Pryce (Bedtime Stories) as a government clerk who dreams of flying away from it all. Also featured in the landmark movie are Gilliam’s Monty Python pal Michael Palin (Time Bandits), Bob Hoskins (Mona Lisa), Katherine Helmond (TV’s Soap) and Robert De Niro (Stone) as a rogue ventilation repair man named Harry Tuttle.
Fans of the film — and they are legion — will no doubt be disappointed that there are no bonus features slated for the disc save for some Blu-ray applications, including a BD-Live link, Universal’s Pocket Blu app, which allows smartphones to interact with the Blu-ray player, and a My Scenes bookmark feature. And fans no doubt are wondering why Criterion isn’t issuing a Blu-ray edition of Brazil with all the amazing supplements that accompanied its 1999 multi-disc DVD edition of the film.
I personally think that a Criterion Blu-ray edition of Brazil will indeed materialize within a year of so. If memory serves, that’s the way it happened with the original DVD edition: Universal issued a no-frills Brazil DVD in 1998, then Criterion released its three-DVD masterpiece (the godfather of all Criterion and studio special editions to come) a year later.
So, I guess we’ve gotta let Universal make some bucks first with this high-def version, which I’m sure will look and sound fine, before Criterion gets serious with all the goodies.
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