As common for big remakes, they’ll normally re-release the original movie on Blu-Ray; and the remake of Total Recall is no different. However, instead of just re-releasing the ancient Blu-Ray of Total Recall, which recycled the special edition extras from DVD and featured a transfer one could mistake for upconverted video, they actually went back and fully restored the 1990 movie with the full supervision of Paul Verhoeven. The results are stunning, and I doubt the movie has looked this good since it was in theaters twenty-two years ago.
While this restored version was released in limited UK cinemas last month, those wanting to see the definitive version of Total Recall in the US had to wait until this week to see it. The new “Mind Bending Edition” reproduces all of the previous extras as well as a new 1080i HD feature on the Academy Award winning special effects, but includes the newly restored print of the movie. It even has a short feature comparing the original version with this new print. You can find it for about $10 most places.