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The Boys From Brazil [DVD]

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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, James Mason, Lilli Palmer, Uta Hagen
  • Directors: Franklin J. Schaffner
  • Writers: Heywood Gould, Ira Levin
  • Producers: Martin Richards, Robert Fryer, Stanley O'Toole
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Mar. 2003
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004I9OF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,715 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Boys From Brazil is a terrifying film about the perpetuation of a new race of Hitlers, based on Ira Levin's thrilling book of the same title. In the setting of 1970s South America, a notorious Nazi War criminal, Dr. Josef Mengele (Gregory Peck), gathers a group of former Nazis to work on a covert project to establish a Fourth Reich. But when famed Nazi-hunter Ezra Lieberman (Laurence Olivier) is enlightened to Mengele's bone-chilling scheme--to clone 94 young Hitlers and cause horror on a global scale--he attempts to unravel the conspiracy.

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Robustly entertaining and bracingly sinister, The Boys from Brazil stars Gregory Peck as the infamous Dr Josef Mengele, the former Nazi chief who intends to resurrect the Führer and create a Fourth Reich through genetic experiments that commence with the assassination of some 94 fathers. Elderly Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman (Laurence Olivier, in an Oscar-nominated performance) is tipped to the plot, but his efforts to expose Peck (fiendishly cast against type) are thwarted by a set of menacing triplets played by Jeremy Black.

Back in 1978, The Boys from Brazil (adapted from Ira Levin's novel) was an incalculably tense, straight-faced entertainment whose lack of irony allowed the viewer to indulge the film's outrageous premise without moral offence. But in view of the scientific advancements made since the release of the film, it's now a cautionary tale, and all the more compelling for being so. Jerry Goldsmith's richly conceived, Oscar-nominated score--replete with echoes of Mahler and Strauss--reinforces this impression.--Kevin Mulhall

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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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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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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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This is a funny film - Laurence Olivier as a central European Jewish Nazi hunter and, heaven help us, Gregory Peck as a BADDIE! And not just any baddie, Dr. Josef Mengele, "The Angel of Death", the infamous practitioner of medical experiments in Auschwitz. In this film, Josef has pulled of the medical experiment sensation of all time, and Olivier is on his trail. It makes for amusing viewing, these two elderly gentlemen with their fake accents, aided and abetted by a sinister James Mason. Ironically, a younger Bruno Ganz also turns up, he of the unparalleled Hitler in "The Downfall". The funniest part of all is when these two elderly gentlemen engage in fisticuffs. Apparently this scene took the longest because of Olivier's frail health, and then stopping the two rolling on the floor laughing about having to stage a fight.

Having said all that, it is an entertaining, if improbable (I hope) film.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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Actually, I don't hate the film, it's a wonderful movie and I would give it five stars. But the quality of the download is terrible. The sound is so bad you can hardly make out the dialogue at times - it sounds as if it was recorded in a Force Ten gale. There are illegal versions on YouTube with better quality than this. Amazon did give me a refund when I complained but I would advise you not to bother purchasing this as a download.
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I don't really understand the negative criticism from viewers about the Blu-ray version, unless it's different from mine, because if you purchased the ITV STUDIOS BLU-RAY of The boys from Brazil, apart from being a superb crystal clear picture, unlike the original American version, this one is UNCUT, so there you go, I couldn't be more pleased as I already owned the USA version DVD and its cut in places and picture quality is extremely poor as well as the sound.
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