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Old 01-27-03, 01:55 AM
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Seven Samurai & Brazil.

I'm thinking of buying both of these movies "blind" and I would like to know what movies would closely resemble the Seven Samurai & Brazil.

My "tastes" range is very wide, from Fight Club/Se7en to Titanic/Pearl Harbor to Citizen Kane to Shrek to Airplane! to give you an idea.

Also, what do you think of these two movies?
Old 01-27-03, 02:09 AM
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Magnificient Seven and A Bug's Life were both inspired by Seven Samurai.

BTW, both movies are absolute "must haves".
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Part of Brazil's attraction is that nothing resembles it. It's in its own niche. To put it simply, very simply, it's satire. Think something as odd as the last 45 minutes of Fight Club stretched out over hours, with biting social commentary instead of violence and mutiple personalities.

You see? YOU SEE? Told you that you can't find something that resembles it.

As for The Seven Samurai - think of any of the great westerns.

Love 'em both.
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Brazil is one of my personal favorites and up there in my top 5 films... If you enjoyed Time Bandits, 12 Monkey's or any other of Terry Gilliams films then you'll most likely love this film. It's a very ORWELLIAN sci-fi/fantasy film and Gilliam was even considering calling it 1984 1/2. The Criterion DVD is also one of the finest DVD's produced, PERIOD!

Seven Samurai is another favorite of mine and Kurosawa classic. If your a fan of westerns and "Smart" action films than you'll probably enjoy this. Keep in mind it is almost a 4 hour subtitled film, but don't let that shy you away. Of course the MAGNIFICENT SEVEN is a remake of the Seven Samurai and so is the Disney/Pixar film, A BUGS LIFE (more loosely adapted).
Old 01-27-03, 09:10 AM
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I bought Brazil: CC as a blind buy a couple of months ago. I enjoyed the movie, but not enough to warrant keeping a $40 box set for it. I sold it on Ebay recently and will probably get the much cheaper Universal version (also the director's cut) sometime.
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Don't know about Brazil, but Seven Samurai is a classic that has great replay value, a must own!
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Twelve Monkeys is Brazil lite. So if you like Twelve Monkeys, don't hesitate in getting Brazil.
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Oh my god, buy both immediately and never look back.

Seven Samurai is the crown jewel of Japanese cinema, and perhaps the greatest film ever made in any country...

Brazil is brilliant, challenging, maddening, and all that and besides. The greatest DVD set ever produced. Buy buy buy!
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Time to switch to decaf, methinks? Lighten up, Francis...
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Welcome to the forum! Since you're asking about these movies, rather than anything related to DVD specs or release dates, I'm moving this to Movie Talk from Main.
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this list, is always a good place to start

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IMHO Ran is the winner of the crown jewel of Japanese cinema (not to take anything away from Seven Samurai).

Originally posted by hokeyboy
Oh my god, buy both immediately and never look back.

Seven Samurai is the crown jewel of Japanese cinema, and perhaps the greatest film ever made in any country...

Brazil is brilliant, challenging, maddening, and all that and besides. The greatest DVD set ever produced. Buy buy buy!
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I prefer Miyazaki movies myself.

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Old 01-29-03, 12:02 AM
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Thanks for the info. I just pre-ordered Seven Samurai tonight for $62.99 Canadian (approx $40 US).

I'm going to hold off on Brazil, and probably rent it this weekend. Five dollars for a piece of mind on a blind $80 buy.
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Good idea.

I bought 7 Samurai blind and loved it.

Fortunately, I rented Brazil. It was good, but I don't have much desire to watch it again.
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These were the first two Criterion film I bought. That was three years ago. I still watch and love them both!
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I loved them both.

Though not much of an endorsement, Seven Samurai always reminded me most of The A Team.
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Originally posted by mcarver
IMHO Ran is the winner of the crown jewel of Japanese cinema (not to take anything away from Seven Samurai).
IMHO, Ran sucks the big one.

But I think Seven Samurai is a very good film, and its had great wide-reaching effects on cinema, somewhat creating the mold for action epic.
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Quick Update:

I rented Brazil tonight. First impressions lead to the conclusion that I'm glad I didn't buy it. This is definately aimed at a small niche target market. It sure has an "out-of-left-field" story and somewhat raw brand of humor. I'm not sure what I watched, rather, the more I watched, the more confused I got by what the film was trying to portray.

Not sure if a 2nd viewing would skew my review of the movie, but I'm definately going to seek some reasoning as to what this movie is really about. I did laugh at some of the "office" humor, but found myself perplexed at the broader scope of things.

Oh well.... to each his/her own I suppose.
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I would grab both of them if I could find them here.

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