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Total Recall (Special Limited Edition) (1990) Amazon
Director: Paul Verhoeven

1990. You know this was a big effects film. Big budget, big film, big Arnold. A film with lots of problems and lots of twists and turns before it even got off the ground. But, it was well thought through in both storyline and production.

  • Imaging Total Recall Documentary
  • Rekall’s Virtual Vacations
  • Visions of Mars
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • Conceptual Art Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer and TV Spots
  • Photo Gallery
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Crew Information
  • Commentary by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Paul Verhoeven

Absolutely fascinating running commentary featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Paul Verhoeven. Paul talks fast and the stories behind the story are sometimes funny, always revealing. You really get the backstory from Paul’s comments. Much of the commentary reveals details on the production and special effects and is interwoven with insight into character motivations and direction. You might have to take breaks because Paul is rather intense.

The special features are plentiful. The Imaging Total Recall documentary is 30 minutes long and you get to hear from Ronald Shusett (co-screenwriter), Arnold, Paul, William Sandell (production designer). There are lots of production stills and on set videos. The Rekall Virtual Vacations are just short loops of nothing. Visions of Mars is a very nice 5 minute commentary where they just happen to mention the discovery of water canals Percival Lowell in the 1800s – I bet he is really happy now!

The 3 sets of storyboard comparisons are pretty good (usually they are terrible) as they show a thumbnail of the final footage overlaid onto the storyboards. The remaining extras are standard slide show fare.

I think the student of directing will really like the extra features and especially the running commentary. For the budding S/FX artist this is a history lesson.

So, I’d say you still have to check out the extras on this DVD.

I give it ★★★★☆

Victor

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