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CGI was actually fairly common practice by the 1990s, a watershed period for digital visual effects. Most prominently rendered in wireframe in the 1970s (Star Wars IV, 1977; Superman, 1978), by the mid-80s various scifi and fantasy films employed photoreal mapping effects (Flight of the Navigator, 1986) and were making strides in live action/digital ...


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In the 1990 version: Dr. Edgemar claims it doesn't matter to him if he gets shot, because he isn't actually real. But when Quaid notices a drop of sweat running down Dr. Edgemar's face he takes it as a tell-tale sign that Dr. Edgemar is lying (why would he be afraid to die if he is not real?)         In the 2012 version: Harry ...


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The director, Len Wiseman, explains in an interview with ScreenRant: SCREENRANT: You said that you wanted to stay a bit closer to the Philip K. Dick story. How do you think you’ve done that with this film? LEN WISEMAN: It’s a combination of more of a tone that I’d say is familiar with with the short story. Our biggest difference with ...


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According to Den Of Geek - Top SFX shots: The nails are rotoscoped to provide an area for an animated colour transition to take place, and that's all there is to it. Rotoscoping refers to the technique of manually creating a matte for an element on a live-action plate so it may be composited over another background Some other examples of ...


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I couldn't tell you the exact technique they would have used, but I assume they just had an effect artist colour it in post-production. For the record, CGI was being used in film to varying degrees all throughout the 1980s, though they have said that one of the only CG shots in Total Recall was for the x-ray scanner scene.


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I can only speak for the 2012 remake. They find him in his old apartment building and try to persuade him he is still at Rekall. If he is trying to figure out who he is, it is a logical assumption for those hunting him that he might end up at his old apartment to look for clues. His apartment is sealed by police tape, so the apartment or building could very ...


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If I recall correctly, in the 1990 movie the resistance leader could tell if someone's mind had been tampered with. So Cohagen needed to create someone who was a part of the resistance but also had a legit reason for mind tampering. This is accomplished by capturing BW-Quaid and re-brainwashing him. From there, Quaid needed to find his way back to the ...


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I can't say anything for the 1990 version, but I don't think step 2 was included in the 2012 version. I could be wrong, but my understanding was that Quaid worked for the rebels knowing he was a double agent. The video recording that was activated by playing the piano had Quaid stating that he was Cohagen's agent with the mission of getting close to and ...


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Have you considered the possibility that the film was not real and actually was the dream that Quaid bought? That would explain why everything happened the way it was explained in the sales pitch and why the girl on the monitor when Quaid described his perfect girl looked exactly like the girl he met on Mars later. Otherwise there was a very low chance of ...


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My take on the 1990 version is this: Quaid was working for Cohagen. Quaid agreed to be brainwashed to think he switched to the rebel side. While with the rebels, Quaid fell in love and his sympathy for the rebels became more innate. Quaid, worried that he might be captured, made the video for himself telling him how to remove the tracker, etc. Whether ...


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I'm not sure about the 1990 version, but I just watched the 2012 version. This is what happened: Quaid was working for Cohagen to infiltrate and kill the rebel leader, Mythias(?). Quaid met Melina, then fell in love and was convinced that Cohagen must be stopped. Quaid was captured by Cohagen's men (showed in the beginning), THEN GOT BRAINSHED into ...


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If it was a stand-alone, and wasn't judged by subjective viewers comparing it to the original: it's not bad. First-off, the jpeg you're looking for (and answer to #2: 'yes', but less-featured): Unfortunately, #1- no time spent on Mars/lacking-atmosphere- no. For #3, Quatro- yes:


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I have not seen the remake but I remember in the original the entire thing was in Quaid's mind. The evidence is when they are putting him under and they ask him to describe his perfect girl and he says something like 'brunette, athletic, sleazy' and on the monitor they show Melina, the girl he meets later in the bar. Either they happened by co-incidence to ...



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