Blu-ray Review: Terry Gilliam’s 1985 Classic Brazil

The 80’s was chockfull of trippy movies. From Pink Floyd’s opus The Wall to John Waters Polyester, theater goers were treated to the deepest and darkest visions of the decade’s directors and writers. Nothing when deeper and darker than Terry Gilliam’s 1985 classic Brazil.

Synopsis: Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean), Robert De Niro (The Godfather) and Michael Palin (Monty Python and the Holy Grail) star in this landmark cult classic that dazzles and thrills with its Academy Award® nominated, groundbreaking art direction and sharply satirical original screenplay.

In a future world, a government clerk finds his life destroyed when he tries to correct an administrative error that caused a massive chain reaction of mistaken identity. Despite his efforts, he finds himself an enemy of the state. Hailed as a modern masterpiece, visionary director Terry Gilliam’s (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) pitch-black comedy takes a highly imaginative and chilling look at a “perfect” future where technology reigns supreme and bureaucracy overrules love for the sake of efficiency.

The ensemble cast of this fim burst with talent. There are phenomenal performances from Jonathan Pryce as Sam Lowry, Michael Palin and Robert De Niro. Bob Hoskins also does a great job in the role of Spoor.

The blu-ray treatment of this disk beautifully showcases Gilliam’s obsession with wide-angle shots. The camera work in this film is stunning. The score is just as good. Michael Kamen’s score is it’s own right is a work of art. The music can stand on it’s own merits. In tandem with this film, Kamen’s aural interpretation of this futuristic world is beautiful.

Brazil is now available from Universal Studios Home Entertainment on Blu-ray and DVD