Starring: Christopher Walken & Natalie Wood Director: Douglas Trumbull  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • 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
  • Audio:
    • 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:

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Entertainment Reviews:

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..."

Product Description:

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.


Production Notes:

  • 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.

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Product Info

  • UPC: 012569505728
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