Blu-ray, DVD Release: Total Recall (2012)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 18, 2012
Price: DVD $30.99, Two-Disc Blu-ray $35.99, Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo $40.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Total RecallColin Farrell (Horrible Bosses) replaces Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator) as the man with mysterious memories in the 2012 remake Total Recall.

The science-fiction movie follows Farrell’s Douglas Quaid, a factory worker who starts to suspect he is really a spy called Hauser after he visits Rekall, a company that gives clients fake memories of the life they would like to have. Soon, Quaid finds he’s on the run.

The film also stars Kate Beckinsale (Contraband) as Quaid’s wife, Jessica Biel (The A-Team), Bryan Cranston (John Carter), Bill Nighy (Wrath of the Titans) and John Cho (A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas).

Director Len Wiseman (Underworld) had big boots to fill in remaking the original Total Recall, which was released in 1990. The classic sci-fi movie, both based on a Philip K. Dick short story, has Schwarzenegger taking on his wife Sharon Stone ($5 a Day), dealing with mutants and even getting pushed onto the Martian landscape with no air.

Total Recall Blu-ray boxThe 2012 film didn’t get favorable reviews from critics, with Newsday‘s Rafer Guzman calling it “a toned-down, smoothed-out version of an amped-up, bug-eyed classic.”

Moviegoers didn’t have much love for the newer Total Recall either, with the film grossing $58 million, much less than the original’s $119 million.

For the home, the movie has an Extended Director’s Cut on high-definition Blu-ray, with the DVD housing just the version shown in theaters. The Blu-ray comes in a two-disc or three-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo.

All three home versions of Total Recall include instant streaming of the film or download through UltraViolet as well as special features. Extras on all three are:

  • Total Recall With Insight”
  • gag reel
  • “Science Fiction vs. Science Fact”
  • “Designing the Fall”

Both the Blu-ray versions add these:

  • “Total Action Colin Farrell”
  • “Total Action The Tripping Den”
  • “Total Action Quaid’s Bedroom”
  • “Total Action Kate Beckinsale”
  • “Total Action Lobby Escape”
  • “Total Action Jessica Biel”
  • “Total Action Quaid vs. Cohaagen”
  • Pre-Visualization Sequences Apartment Waterfront Chase
  • Pre-Visualization Sequences The Fall Fight
  • Pre-Visualization Sequences Flight and Tripping Den
  • Pre-Visualization Sequences Elevator Chase
  • Pre-Visualization Sequences Car Chase

The three-disc Blu-ray also has a commentary track with director Wiseman.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.