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Book Vs Movie “Total Recall”

 

Book Vs Movie

Total Recall

The Philip K. Dick Short Story  Vs the Arnold Schwarzenegger 1990 Film

 

If memory serves, this is the first movie the Margos are covering that stars action star, Arnold Schwarzenegger. This time we are visiting Mars and it is nothing like David Bowie would have enjoyed. 1990’s Total Recall (directed by Paul Verhoeven) is based on the short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by prolific writer Philip K. Dick

The short story (first published in 1966 in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) follows the story of Douglas Quail and an ordinary, earth-bound man who dreams of going to Mars. He works as a clerk at a boring office job and his wife, Kristen, seems to enjoy making fun of his dreams. 

Quail discovers Rekal Incorporated, a company that provides memory implants that takes the place of actual experience. Instead of a fake memory–he actually remembers that he is a secret agent who killed a political operative on Mars and his “real life” is fake. 

The movie is much more complicated and the budget of $55 million for 1990 was considered astronomical for the time (it eventually made over $261 million) and was the 5th highest-grossing film in 1990 (Ghost was #1!) 

The plot? We try to make sense of it in this episode while enjoying the insane special effects and inane dialog. 

Between the short story and film–which did the Margos like better? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • Total Recall trailer
  • “Two Weeks”
  • “You Blew My Cover!”
  • Arnold yelling
  • “Take the pill”
  • Music: Soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith The Dream

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Book Vs Movie “Blade Runner” Replay (RIP Rutger Hauer)

Book Vs. Movie (Replay)

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” vs “Blade Runner

RIP Rutger Hauer (January 23, 1944-July 19, 2019)

The Margos take on the Sci-Fi classic “Blade Runner” directed by Ridley Scott based on the Phillip K. Dick novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” because the nerds demanded it of us!

This episode was originally recorded in 2016 so please forgive any sound issues. We wanted to honor the excellent performance by the late actor Rutger Hauer who basically steals the film from star Harrison Ford.

In this episode they discuss:

    • The backstory to Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel and how it defers greatly from the 1982 film.
    • What role “empathy” plays in Dick’s work
    • The notoriously difficult film shoot and the use of badly wigged stunt doubles
    • The incredible special effects and art direction that changed the look of movies for a generation
    • The sheer awfulness of the 1983 version with narration
    • The three different versions available to view

Clips Featured:

    • Blade Runner original 1983 trailer
    • Rutger Hauer’s last scene as Roy Batty.
    • Outro music by Vangelis

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