- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 22, 2000
- Originally Released: 1983
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Surround Sound - English
- Dolby Surround Sound - French
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 09/30/1983
"...Always interesting....[Wood's last] performance feels complete..."
Variety - 09/28/1983
"...BRAINSTORM is a high-tech movie essentially dependent on the visualization of a fascinating idea..."
Two scientists, Michael and Karen Brace are developing a virtual reality system that sends sensory inputs into the brain and can record sights, sounds, feelings, and even dreams. The military attempts to take over the project when a senior worker begins to die of a heart attack and uses the system to tape the experience. They will do anything to get it. Natalie Wood's last film.
- Natalie Wood died on November 29, 1981, only five days before she would have completed filming her role. She drowned in a mysterious boating accident that also involved co-star Christopher Walken and her husband Robert Wagner. Only one scene was altered, with actor Joe Dorsey replacing Wood in a scene with Walken.
- "Brainstorm" was special effects wizard Douglas Trumbull's second directorial effort, after 1972's "Silent Running."
- Additional crew: Robert Jeffords & Eugene Mazzola (assistant directors); Stanislav and Christina Grof (experiental sequence consultants); Durk Pearson (scientific consultant); Sandy Shaw (scientific consultant); Omnivision (special purpose lenses); Don Baker (Compsy [computer-synthesized] effects supervisor); Mark Stetson (action props & miniatures supervisor); Matthew Yuricich (matte artist); Robert Hippard (post-production coordinator); Jack Hinkle (assistant editor visual effects); Michael Backauskas (optical lineup); Richard Hollander (Compsy technical supervisor); Chuck Cowles (optical camera operator); and Evans Wetmore (consulting engineer).
- Estimated budget: $18 million. Trumbull was forced to go to insurance company Lloyd's of London to secure $6 million of that budget to complete the special effects.
- Filmed at Entertainment Effects Group's studios and on location in North Carolina in 1981. Color by Metrocolor. Sound is six-track magnetic Dolby Stereo.
- Most of the film was shot in non-anamorphic 35mm Spherical Panavision, which produced a projected aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Super Panavision 70 was reportedly used in the "experiential" sequences, producing a projected aspect ratio of 2.05:1.
- Released theatrically in the USA September 30, 1983, to 175 theaters. This initial release was only to theaters equipped with 70mm projectors. The film received a wider release to non-70mm theaters in November.
- Not to be confused with the 1965 film, "Brainstorm," which starred Jeffrey Hunter, Anne Francis, Dana Andrews, and Viveca Lindfors.
- Available to buy in the UK.
- DVD Special Features: Trivia and Production Notes and Theatrical Trailer.
- All locations for Brainstorm were in North Carolina, USA.