The Boys From Brazil 1978

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Ira Levin's best-selling novel is the basis for this incredible film about the perpetuation of a new race of Hitlers. When one of his proteges locates the elusive Nazi war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele (Peck), famed Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman (a wonderful Olivier) stumbles on Mengele's grand scheme to murder 94 seemingly unconnected men -- a scheme that could somehow launch the Fourth Reich.

Starring:
Gregory Peck,Laurence Olivier
Runtime:
1 hour, 59 minutes

Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Thriller
Director Franklin J. Schaffner
Starring Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier
Supporting actors James Mason, Lilli Palmer, Uta Hagen
Studio ITV
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Frank Messely on 7 Aug. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Ira Levin's novels are written for the screen. A KISS BEFORE DYING, ROSEMARY'S BABY, THE STEPFORD WIVES, SLIVER... There is that bizarre touch, yet the stories are told in such a compelling way that one is ready to suspend disbelief. As with THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL. In it, Levin combines scientific and historical fact to create an atmosphere of deep menace. Perhaps in order to really enjoy the story (and movie) one should regard it as a nightmare set in reality, a nightmare in which fanaticism and madness (aren't both the same?) drive a man to the most absurd acts in an attempt to keep his political ideal alive, thus proving his never faltering loyalty. The performances of Olivier as the Nazi-hunter Liebermann and Peck as Mengele (almost a Hitler clone himself) are great. The many different locations provide an interesting visual diversity. Goldsmith's music is a mixture of bombastic waltz and Wagnerian compositions adding to that constant atmosphere of dread. I bought this movie on DVD a couple of years ago only to discover the image quality was terrible. This new BLU RAY release on the other looks great, clean and bright. The only letdown is the sound -- hence the 4 stars, but this shouldn't prevent one from enjoying this totally implausible but truly spellbinding work of fiction. If you liked TBFB in the theater, this is no doubt the best version so far. Recommended!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 10 April 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Viewers who enjoy sci-fi, thrillers and classic actors (Gregory Peck, James Mason & Sir Laurence Olivier) will welcome this all-region Blu-Ray. The visual presentation is grainy (considering the film stocks of the day), yet it is also very good with high sharpness and natural overall colour (make-up is a bit noticeable in HD).

Were I restoring this film I would have attempted to locate and re-mix the audio stems. Jerry Goldsmith's music score and waltzes suffer from an overly clear mid-range. This might reduce the weight of Mengle's sinister plot.

In any case we may have the definitive presentation of this film. Fans now have good reason to upgrade their mediocre DVD's. It looks great and I'm glad to have it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tony Buckley on 4 Mar. 2013
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The Boys From Brazil was a film I knew about but had never managed to catch on TV. Courtesy of ordering a DVD from here, at a knock-down price for an item in excellent condition, I now have been able to see what I'd been missing.

And it wasn't quite what I'd been expecting. More taut drama than I'd anticipated, with two reputable actors in the lead roles giving fine performances, the film manages to sustain interest as it gradually reveals the plot (which I shan't spoil with details, though if you're reading these reviews you may already be familiar with it). However, it does look somewhat dated these days; very much a late 1970's period piece in look and feel and one which doesn't quite manage to rise above it in the way some other films of the time do. Minus one star for that to make this a four-star review.

The plot itself was a little ahead of the curve, and much of what underlies it anticipated advances in science which came about after it was released. There is scope for a remake here I think, taking what we now know to be possible and either updating the script or projecting it into a more modern scenario. If Jurassic Park can base a blockbuster film on extracting DNA from insects preserved in amber, then there must be scope to remake this film on the premise that DNA can be extracted from much more recent specimens.

So an enjoyable watch, but one that left me thinking about what this might become more that what I'd just seen. But something that makes you think a little is something worth the time spent watching, and I recommend it with that observation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Books & Crafts on 25 Nov. 2013
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The Blu-ray version of this is a really excellent upscale of an oldie, the quality of the picture is superb, I'm very impressed with it and it made viewing the film so much more enjoyable. If you're going to get any version then get the Blu-ray if you can as the picture really is great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Valerie on 5 Mar. 2013
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Not sure whether this would have been rated 18 by today's standards but I certainly found it tense and quite frightening, mind you I usually only watch 12's and 15's! A great cast, really well acted. Personally I would have cast Lol Olivier as Mengele, as I couldn't get him out of my mind as that character in Marathon Man. But I suppose with his build Greg Peck couldn't have passed for Wiesanthal.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Rockall on 18 Jun. 2013
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Having not seen this film for quite a few years I decided to pick up the Blu-ray as it was so cheap. Having been impressed by the quality of ITV's Blu-ray of Olivier's Hamlet, I had high hopes for this disc and I was not disappointed. It is a massive improvement over the DVD version. At times it is sharp enough to cut paper and colours are wonderfully vivid. Check out the pattern on Gregory Peck's coat towards the end. You would never see that much fine detail on a DVD. A side effect of the amazing picture is that Gregory Peck's strange make-up looks even stranger. Lossless audio would have been nice but the Dolby Digital 2.0 mono track at a healthy 640kps is adequate. If you're a fan of the film and were wondering if it is worth upgrading to Blu-ray then the answer is a resounding yes. Despite what I have read in a few other comments, I am sure this is the uncut version. It runs 125 minutes, not 118 minutes as stated on the sleeve.
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