This weekend the reboot of the Schwarzenegger classic, Total Recall, rolled into theaters. I was going to wait too see it on home video, but the weather was pretty crummy here, so I decided a better way to pass the day would be at the movies. I have to say, the remake is not without its charms and it does have some cool scenes, but in the end it mostly just made me want to watch the original Arnold film. So on the way home I decided to pick up
the Total Recall (Mind-Bending Edition) Blu-ray.
I already owned the film on DVD, but was curious as to how it would look in HD and since it was on sale for only 10 bucks, I figured why not. I am pretty pleased that I did.
The transfer of the film is good. Not super digital clean like I have seen on other Blu-Rays, but they certainly started with a good print and it looked crisper on my machine than my DVD. I wonder if this was on purpose since the visial effects are a little old school? Would cleaning them up too much without digital enhancement of the effects take away from the final movie? I don’t know, but I was very satisfied.
Audio seems good. I turned on my TV, sound came out of the speakers and that sound was in synch with the film (I am not an audiophile).
A nice slection of additional features on this Blu-Ray. The best one of course is the commentary track with Arnold. ANYTIME you have a movie that has an Arnold commentary track, you need to fire that up ASAP. Here are some ofthe extras that are worth your time:
- Audio Commentary with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Director Paul Verhoeven
- Interview with Director Paul Verhoeven
- “Imagining Total Recall” Documentary
- Restoration Comparisons
- Concept Art
- Photo Gallery
- Theatrical Trailers
Total Recall (Mind-Bending Edition) Blu-ray is worth it for fans of Recall who want and HD experience. Save yourself a trip to the multiplex and instead head over to your local retail or online retailer and order yourself up a copy. Great action/comedy/80s SF that you will want to rewatch again and again (especially with that commentary track).