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Old 06-23-01, 09:53 AM
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I remember seeing this back in the early 80's and liked it then as a kid.

I see that there is a Warner version as well as an MGM version. Any difference?

Anyone care to post a review?

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I also remember seeing it as a kid back in the 80's and it scared the **** out of me. Never been able to watch it since. Sorry can't tell you if there is any difference. I do know that Warner bought the rights to some older movies and repackaged them such as 2010. Contrary to what the packaging says these Warner versions were exaclty the same as the MGM versions.
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Are we talking about the Chris Walken/Natalie Wood film? Why on earth would that scare you? Good little sci-fi film from Douglas Trumball (2001,Bladerunner,Close Encounters). I don't think it's anamorphic..is it? So it's probably to the same standard as other MGM non-anamorphic back catalog stuff...not very good. Needs the special edition/remaster treatment IMO.
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Possible spoilers

The scene where the little boy (Walken's son puts on the headset and the recording comes on that- you are about to witness extreme trauma...) Yeeks gives me the creeps thinking about it and I havn't seen it in over ten years.
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A little gem worth owning...

As you have seen the film, I will only review
BRAINSTORM'S transfer to DVD and not its storyline.

Presented in a NON-ANAMORPHIC transfer with a 2.0
stereo surround soundtrack, BRAINSTORM is an overall
"good" transfer. The sound, remember that this is a
1983 film, would have been improved with a 5.1 mix,
but the 2.0 track gets the job done. As for the
picture quality, that's where I'm a bit confused.
As you will recall when the actors are not utilizing
the BRAINSTORM headgear, the film's aspect ratio is
1.85:1. During those sequences their is apparent film
grain that I don't recall from its theatrical engagement. Once the headgear is engaged, director Douglas Trumball employs an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 Super Panavision.
The quality of the image is excellent! The overall look
of this DVD would have been greatly improved with 16:9 enhancement.

A SE would also be a nice touch to a film that really
engages viewers as well as entertains. As for the two editions, MGM & WARNER, the MGM is OOP and the WARNER
version has an awful SNAPPER CASE. Both sport the very same transfer, but if you can find the MGM edition grab
it for the box! No word on a SE or even a movie-only
re-issue anytime soon.

I hope that my review helps?

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