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Brazil (1985 ) The Criterion Collection DVD SET - 3 discs / Directed by Terry Gilliam / Starring: Jonathan Pryce, Robert de Niro, Katherine Helmond / Disc 1 - The Movie, Disc 2 The Production Notebook, Disc 3 Brazil: Love Conquers All

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Brazil (1985 ) The Criterion Collection DVD SET - 3 discs / Directed by Terry Gilliam / Starring: Jonathan Pryce, Robert de Niro, Katherine Helmond / Disc 1 - The Movie, Disc 2 The Production Notebook, Disc 3 Brazil: Love Conquers All

UPC 715515018029

ISBN-10: 1559409789



AUDIO: English 2.0

Total Runtime: 142 minutes


English Summary:

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 dazzler.

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer of Terry Gilliam’s 142-minute director’s cut, approved by Gilliam, with DTS-HD Master Audio surround soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by Gilliam
  • What Is “Brazil”?, Rob Hedden’s on-set documentary (DVD box set and Blu-ray only)
  • The Production Notebook, a collection of interviews and video essays, featuring a trove of Brazil-iana from Gilliam’s personal collection (DVD box set and Blu-ray only)
  • The Battle of “Brazil,” a documentary about the film’s contentious release, hosted by Jack Mathews and based on his book of the same name (DVD box set and Blu-ray only)
  • “Love Conquers All” version, the studio’s 94-minute, happy-ending cut of Brazil, with commentary by Brazil expert David Morgan (DVD box set and Blu-ray only)
  • Trailer (DVD box set and Blu-ray only)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: A new essay by Jack Matthews on the DVD editions and a booklet featuring a new essay by film critic David Sterritt on the Blu-ray


Brazil constitutes Terry Gilliam's enormously ambitious follow-up to his 1981 Time Bandits. It also represents the second installment in a trilogy of Gilliam films on imagination versus reality, that began with Bandits and ended in 1989 with The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. To create this wild, visually audacious satire, Gilliam combines dystopian elements from Orwell, Huxley and Kafka (plus a central character who mirrors Walter Mitty) with his own trademark, Monty Python-esque, jet black British humor and his gift for extraordinary visual invention. The results are thoroughly unprecedented in the cinema. Jonathan Pryce stars as Sam Lowry, a civil servant who chooses to blind himself to the decaying, drone-like world around him. It's a world marred by oppressive automatization and towering bureaucracy, and populated by tyrannical guards who strongarm lawbreakers. And Lowry is stuck in the middle of this nightmare. Whenever real life becomes too oppressive, Sam fantasizes (to the tune of Ary Baroso's 1930s hit "Brazil") about sailing through the clouds as a winged superhero, and rescuing beautiful Jill Layton (Kim Greist) from a giant, Samurai warrior. The omnipresent computer that controls everything in the "real" world malfunctions, causing an innocent citizen to be arrested and tortured to death. When Sam routinely investigates the error, he meets - and pursues Jill , literally the girl of his dreams. But in real life, she's a tough-as-nails truck driver who initially wants nothing to do with him. It turns out that she is suspected of underground activities, in connection with a terrorist network wanted for bombing public places. The price Sam pays for his association with her is a close encounter with the man in charge of torturing troublesome citizens (Michael Palin). He is rescued - at the last minute - by maintenance man Harry Tuttle (Robert de Niro) who moonlights as a terrorist, but that only represents the beginning of his plight, for now the "system" is onto him. Gilliam ran into enormous problems with Brazil. Universal - which produced the picture - originally slated it for release in 1984, but the studio - intimidated by the film's whopping length of 142 minutes - demanded that Gilliam trim the film to bring it in under two hours and alter the pessimistic ending. Gilliam refused; Universal shelved the picture for a year. In response, the director took out a full page ad in Variety asking studio president Sid Sheinberg when the film would be released. Sensing tremendous pressure, Universal bowed to Gilliam's insistence on fewer cuts but still demanded a happy ending. Gilliam trimmed only eleven minutes and altered the conclusion just slightly (instead of cutting to black, it fades into puffy white clouds on a blue sky, with a reprise of the title tune). It was thus released in early 1985 at 131 minutes, and of course became a seminal work; many critics regarded it at the time as the best film of the eighties.



Jonathan Pryce

Sam Lowry

Robert De Niro

Harry Tuttle

Katherine Helmond

Mrs. Ida Lowry

Ian Holm

Mr. Kurtzmann

Bob Hoskins


Michael Palin

Jack Lint

Ian Richardson

Mr. Warrenn

Peter Vaughan

Mr. Helpmann

Kim Greist

Jill Layton

Jim Broadbent

Dr. Jaffe

Barbara Hicks

Mrs. Terrain

Charles McKeown





Terry Gilliam


Arnon Milchan


Patrick Cassavetti


Terry Gilliam


Tom Stoppard


Charles McKeown

Director of photography

Roger Pratt


Julian Doyle

Original music by

Michael Kamen

Production design

Norman Garwood

Special effects supervisor

George Gibbs

Model effects supervisor

Richard Conway

Costume design

James Acheson

Hair and makeup design

Maggie Weston

Art directors

John Beard

Art directors

Keith Pain


Directed by Terry Gilliam
Produced by Arnon Milchan
Screenplay by
  • Terry Gilliam
  • Tom Stoppard
  • Charles McKeown
  • Jonathan Pryce
  • Robert De Niro
  • Katherine Helmond
  • Ian Holm
  • Bob Hoskins
  • Michael Palin
  • Ian Richardson
  • Peter Vaughan
  • Kim Greist
Music by Michael Kamen
Cinematography Roger Pratt
Edited by Julian Doyle
  • Embassy International Pictures[1]:1
  • Brazil Productions[2][3][4]
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Universal Pictures
(USA & Canada)
Release date
  • 20 February 1985 (France)
  • 22 February 1985 (United Kingdom)
  • 26 April 1985 (Germany)
  • 18 December 1985 (United States)
Running time
142 minutes
  • France
  • Germany
  • United Kingdom
  • United States


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