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Old 23-01-2009, 12:04   #1
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Brazil - which DVD?

I cannot find the excellent re-issued Criterion 3-Disc set (with the anamorphic transfer) of Gilliam's Brazil for less than £40 anywhere. So how is the R2 DVD? I want the Director's Cut version of the film and am not sure that the R2 version is the same. Which DVD should I buy?
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I cannot find the excellent re-issued Criterion 3-Disc set (with the anamorphic transfer) of Gilliam's Brazil for less than £40 anywhere. So how is the R2 DVD? I want the Director's Cut version of the film and am not sure that the R2 version is the same. Which DVD should I buy?
http://www.dvdcompare.net/comparisons/film.php?fid=1851
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Old 23-01-2009, 12:44   #3
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Thanks for that. A lot of 'cheaper' Criterions are either very used or the first non-anamorphic issue. I'll get the R2 version and be done with it. I guess a few seconds missing dialogue and scenes won't matter.
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you can buy the single disc Criterion replacement for the film disc in the 3 disc set
Thats what i got as i didn't want to re-buy the whole thing
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Brazil: 1 disc Criterion

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I'd agree that the 1-disc Criterion is probably the best choice now - best cut, best transfer and Gilliam commentary included.

The other discs in the boxset are nice to have, but aimed at proper enthusiasts rather than casual viewers. You have to be pretty keen to sit through the mutilated studio cut (though the commentary on this is well worth a listen), and the documentary material is solid but unremarkable - I know it was very highly regarded in its laserdisc release (and in the early days of DVD) but it's all pretty dry by today's standards.

Here's hoping Gilliam's regular documentary team (Fulton and Pepe) will turn their hands to a retrospective someday.

p.s. Brazil is a 'modern' film, i.e. post-1981.

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p.s. Brazil is a 'modern' film, i.e. post-1981.
Thanks for the opinions and I am sorry and embarassed about the forum error. Oversight, I guess.
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I am sorry and embarassed about the forum error. Oversight, I guess.
Let's not go overboard
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The 3 disc set is excellent but if you just want the best version of the movie then Criterion 1 disc is the way to go. By the way I have the original non-anamorphic set which I got in 1999 (I think!) from Amazon, think it was about £50 at the time
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By the way I have the original non-anamorphic set which I got in 1999 (I think!) from Amazon, think it was about £50 at the time
In those days, DVDs used to cost more than what low-end DVD Players are sold for today. Back in 2001, I paid £24.99 at Virgin Megastore for the DVD of The Fifth Element, to date my most expensive single-disc non-Criterion DVD. Around the same time, I sold my non-anamorphic (duplicated) Criterion DVD of Charade on Ebay; it went for £21.99.
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I wanted to get the 1-disc Criterion as advised but unbeknown to me the wife, a Monty Python fan, had already ordered the R2 DVD. We saw it last night and while I was happy with the picture quality, the audio was very average. Is the sound - particularly the dialog - significantly better on the Criterion?
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Watching Brazil now, such a wonderful movie!

I have the UK R2 version. What is the difference between this Euro cut and the Criterion version?
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About 3 discs worth of extras, shorter intro sequence and bob hoskins on the phone sequence is slightly shorter according to this
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Cool thanks. I looked on DVDcompare but didn't realise it mentioned the missing scenes at the bottom of the page.

Although looks like I asked this same question 6 years ago http://www.thedvdforums.com/forums/s...d.php?t=192727
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