Criterion Collection Spine #51 (Brazil)

One of my all time favorite movies. I can watch this over and over and still get something out of it. Such a great film. I Highly recommend!


In the dystopian masterpiece Brazil, Jonathan Pryce plays a daydreaming everyman who finds himself caught in the soul-crushing gears of a nightmarish bureaucracy. This cautionary tale by Terry Gilliam, one of the great films of the 1980s, has come to be esteemed alongside antitotalitarian works by the likes of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. And in terms of set design, cinematography, music, and effects, Brazil is a nonstop dazzle.


Disc 1

Audio Commentary – this is the same audio commentary with Terry Gilliam which was recorded by Criterion in 1996 and appeared on the DVD release of the film. The director offers an enormous amount of information about the history of Brazil, from conception to execution, the unique style of the film, some of the specific influences (for example Star Wars’s influence), the important message(s), the costumes, the key characters, etc.


Disc 2

What is “Brazil”? – on this on-set documentary directed by Rob Hedden, Terry Gilliam, editor Julian Doyle, co-writer Top Stoppard, co-writer Charles McKeown, co-producer Patrick Cassavetti, and actors Jonathan Pryce, Katherine Helmond, Kim Greist and Michael Palin, among others, discuss what Brazil is and what its messages is. In English, not subtitled. (30 min, 1080i).

The Production Notebook – a collection of original documents, storyboards, photographs, and interviews compiled by Criterion and Brazil expert David Morgan.

We’re All in it Together: The Brazil Screenwriters – Terry Gilliam, Charles McKeown, and Tom Stoppard discuss the screenplay of Brazil. (11 min, 1080i).

Dreams Unfulfilled: Unfilmed Brazil Storyboards – a collection of nine storyboards by Terry Gilliam with an introduction. These storyboards have been animated and include narration by David Morgan. (22 min, 1080p).

— Introduction
— The Eyeballs
— The Storeroom of Knowledge
— The Cages
— The Stone Ship
— The Fall
— The Samurai
— The Sky Cube
— The Forces of Darkness

Designing Brazil – a visual essay by David Morgain focusing on the style and look of Brazil. Also included are audio excerpts from interviews with director Terry Gilliam, production designer Norman Garwood, costume designer James Acheson, etc. (21 min, 1080p).

Flights of Fantasy: Brazil’s Special Effects – in this visual essay, David Morgan discusses the special effects in Brazil. Also included is an excerpt from an audio interview with second unit director and visual effects specialist Julian Doyle. (10 min, 1080p).

Fashion and Fascism: James Acheson on Brazil’s Costume Design – designer James Acheson discusses Brazil’s costumes. Also included are original design sketches and research materials. (7 min, 1080p).

Brazil’s Score – director Terry Gilliam and composer Michael Kamen discuss the genesis of Brazil’s score. The interviews were conducted by Criterion in 1996. (10 min, 1080i).

The Battle of Brazil: A Video History – an in-depth look at the controversy surrounding Brazil’s U.S. release, with Terry Gilliam, producer Arnon Milchan, and studio executives Frank Price, Marvin Antonowsky, Bob Rehme, and Sidney Sheinberg. The documentary was produced by Criterion in 1996 and based on Jack Mathews’ book The Battle of “Brazil”. (56 min, 1080i).

— Introduction
— The Filmmakers
— Cannes, 1983
— The Executives
— Mr. Gilliam and Mr. Sheinberg
— Guerrilla Tactics
— Clandestine Screenings.
— Release

The “Love Conquers All” Version – the ninety-four-minute “commercial” version of Brazil, which was shown only on syndicated television. This version of the film includes various alternate takes, new footage, and dialog. With optional commentary by Brazil expert David Morgan. (94 min, 1080i).

Trailer – original trailer for Brazil. In English, not subtitled. (3 min, 1080i).

Booklet – illustrated booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Sterritt



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