Published on September 4th, 2020 | by Adrian Gunning

TOTAL RECALL – 30th Anniversary Release 2020

STUDIOCANAL, Lionsgate, Fathom Events and Rialto Pictures today announce the 4K, Ultra High Definition™ restoration of Paul Verhoeven’s (ROBOCOP, BASIC INSTINCT, STARSHIP TROOPERS) sci-fi classic TOTAL RECALL (1990) which was undertaken by STUDIOCANAL and supervised by the renowned director himself.

The film has been selected to premiere at the upcoming Deauville American Film Festival (4-13 September 2020) as well as Sitges, International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia (8-18 October 2020).


Director Paul Verhoeven says of the restoration: “I just saw the 4K presentation of my movie and it’s absolutely wonderful what STUDIOCANAL and the restoration team have done. There is so much detail you could say it is three-dimensional. Bravo! I hope many people go and see the movie.” 

In celebration of the film’s 30th Anniversary, the film will premiere theatrically in France on September 16 2020 followed by the US, where Fathom Events and Rialto Pictures are partnering with STUDIOCANAL to bring the restored classic back to cinemas this fall. Fathom’s screenings will feature an exclusive introduction from Paul Verhoeven.

STUDIOCANAL will also launch a series of new home entertainment editions in France, the UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand later this year.  Additionally, Lionsgate will release a 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack and Steelbook in the US on December 8 2020.

A brand-new poster and trailer have been created to promote the release. Notably, the poster was designed by British illustrator and movie poster artist, Kyle Lambert. Lambert has previously designed the iconic key art for STRANGER THINGS and is renowned in the industry for his distinctive retro style.

Adapted from Philip K. Dick’s short novel, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, TOTAL RECALL is a truly visionary film ahead of its time. Featuring a career best performance from the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger, the film was restored in 4K from a scan of the original 35mm negative and was made at Technicolor LA in tiff 16 bits format. Colour-grading was supervised by Jérome Bigleur at Hiventy. The restoration crew paid particularly high attention to preserve special effect continuity. One of the earliest films to use computer generated-images, TOTAL RECALL was honoured with the Academy Award® for Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects in 1991, and those effects have impressively stood the test of time. The original soundtrack, composed by Jerry Goldsmith, also greatly benefited from digital restoration. This exceptional restoration in its Dolby HDR version will make it possible for all generations to enjoy TOTAL RECALL both in theatres with the 4K cinema version, and on Home Entertainment with the new UHD™  Blu-ray edition.

TOTAL RECALL will be released on Ultra HD™, Blu-Ray and DVD.  Extra bonus content includes an exclusive documentary feature, TOTAL EXCESS: HOW CAROLCO CHANGED HOLLYWOOD, as well as two additional featurettes on the soundtrack and the development of the film. 

SPECIAL FEATURES available on Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and DVD

  • Total Excess: How Carolco changed Hollywood
  • Open your mind: Scoring Total Recall
  • Dreamers Within the Dream: Developing Total Recall

Theatrical release date:
AUSTRALIA: 29th October 2020 – Monster Fest 2020


Home Entertainment release date:
AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND: 25th November 2020

About the Author'

Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

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