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The Boys from Brazil (1978)

Gregory Peck , Laurence Olivier  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, James Mason, Lilli Palmer, Jeremy Black
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PYD0PC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,755 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Alive and hiding in South America, the fiendish Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele (Peck) gathers a group of former colleagues for a horrifying project- he wants to clone Hitler. Barry Kohler (Steve Guttenberg) gets wind of the project and informs famed Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman (Olivier), but before he can relay the evidence, Kohler is killed. Mengele continues his murderous plot, creating 94 young Hitlers and killing their fathers to simulate the madman's own boyhood. As Mengele moves closer to producing global terror, Lieberman alone must discover the terrifying extent of his plan and stop it.

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller with a First-Rate Cast June 7, 2000
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
When the film was made almost a quarter century ago, the concept of "cloning" was the stuff of science fiction, as far as the general public was concerned. However, with the recent developments in the area making headlines worldwide, the idea is not reserved to the imagination. Therefore, the basic premise of Hitler authorizing his own cloning doesn't seem as farfetched as it may have been. Hey, the Germans have given the world the Volkswagen; thus, their scientists could have possibly been working on the cloning process prior and during World War II.
Regardless, the film features excellent work from stars Peck, Olivier, and Mason. Peck went against type by portraying Josef Mengele as a crafty, calculating, and ultimately evil scientist who would go to any length to preserve the Third Reich. Olivier, as the Nazi hunter Lieberman, displays his versatility with accents by doning a very believable Jewish brogue. Mason shows his usual cool as a Nazi hesitant but forced to support the machinations of Mengele.
But, the film has an outstanding group of supporting players whose on-screen time may be brief but is memorable. Uta Hagen as an imprisoned Nazi nurse is captivating; stage veteran Rosemary Harris stands out as the widow of one of Mengele's victims; A young Steve Guttenburg shines as a Nazi hunter; and comedy team member Anne Meara (sans her husband) is great as another "mother" of a Hitler clone.
But, it is Jeremy Black, a young actor who seems to have drifted into obscurity since the release of this motion picture, who is impressive as four of the "boys."
Oh, yeah, the great Michael Gough is "hanging around" in this one, too! Look fast and you will see Prunella Scales from "Fawlty Towers" as Gough's wife.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
By Q LL
Format:DVD
Do not buy this supposedly new, anamorphic version. It is not, and the quality is terrible. I think they slipped the old cruddy DVD version in this "new" case. The region free Bluray looks like it is probably of good quality.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Film , Shocking DVD January 19, 2000
Format:DVD
Terrible picture quality and very poor sound ruin an otherwise excellent film - it looks like Artisan have sourced the DVD from a VHS tape picked up at a garage sale. The film is also in a 'matted' (ie letterbox) format rather than true anamorphic widescreen.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
When this film was released, science could at best clone a frog's egg, and that was about it... but now that cloning mammals seems to be a piece of cake, it can make you queasy when you see this film. The premise is that surviving Nazi's save some of Hitler's DNA for cloning. Knowing that it's a mixture of nature and nurture that makes a person who he his, they make several copies and distribute them around the world, putting them in family situations that best mimic the childhood that Hitler had as a child.
As the aging Jewish Nazi hunter, Sir Lawrence Olivier travels the world and is stunned to see what on the surface seems to be the same identical young boy in different countries, speaking different languages. Jet black, straight hair, blue eye, smart mouth. The child they got to play this part is nothing short of remarkable.
I'm sad to hear that the DVD version of this film was such a disaster. I was hoping to pick up a copy, but I'll hold out for a collector's edition if they ever come out with one.
Gregory Peck is flawless in his performance of the evil Dr. Mengele bent on raising a race of little Hitlers.
An interesting concept that is even more realistic in light of today's scientific advances in cloning. Definitely worth watching.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray is Region-free and costs less in the U.K. April 23, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
I have waited a long time for "The Boys from Brazil" to be released as a Blu-ray Disc. The standard DVD had a dreadful transfer. Why this movie is still not sold in the U.S. is puzzle.

However, luckily this Blu-ray is indeed region-free--and relatively cheap if ordered directly from Amazon.uk. I just ordered a new Blu-ray directly from Amazon.uk for about $17, including shipping (and there is no VAT charged to foreign customers). Shipping takes less than a week. All of my high-def equipment was sold in the U.S.--I do NOT have any region-free type equipment. The movie, menu, everything, played flawlessly. The Blu-ray transfer of this 1978 gem is fairly good--not "reference" quality (but still a solid, sharp video image and good audio)--but a huge improvement over the previous DVD issue.

Ordering from Amazon's United Kingdom site is quite easy--the site's format and layout, etc. is nearly identical to the U.S. site--and all of my information (address, preferred credit card, password, etc.) was, to my surprise, already there!

There are a number of other region-free Blu-ray Discs that could be ordered from the U.K. site, but be sure to check out the details (by reading reviews such as this) to make sure that the particular disc is indeed region-free (some of them are coded as Region B or C--which will not play in the U.S./Canada, which is Region A)--otherwise you will be stuck with a Blu-ray that you cannot watch.

There are a number of other "region-free" Blu-ray discs as well that can be purchased from the UK site for much lower prices than in the U.S.: I have recently purchased "Zulu"--which looks absolutely stunning, "Equilibrium", "Dances with Wolves" (go figure, this is a U.S.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Peck was great as Nazi doctor
sorry I accidentally gave it a one star I meant to give it 4 stars. I enjoyed it very much. Great plot and Gregory Peck was brilliant as the dibilocal nazi doctor with murderous... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Donald B Ratsch
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hunt for the 94 Cloned Adolf Hitler Children.
Viewed: 3/14
Rate: 8

3/14: It took a while for The Boys from Brazil to get to the bottom of the mystery, and when it did, that was an interesting film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Austin Somlo
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit dated, but still a good movie..The DVD, however, sucks!
The film still holds your attention, though it is a bit dated. The performances and story are quite good, but the DVD that Lionsgate put out is utterly horrible. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Reagan
2.0 out of 5 stars great actors, bad movie
Great acting by leads, interesting plot, too much gratuitous graphic violence. My wife quit watching long before the end, I should have too
Published 2 months ago by Chuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Movie!
I think the concept is so interesting; clone Hitler and make the environment ripe for creating another monster! Great performances from an all-star cast.
Published 2 months ago by John T. Zipple
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Movie
Just a great movie!! Lots of suspense. Great cast - couldn't ask for anything more. They don't make movies like this anymore!!!
Published 2 months ago by LesB
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie
Great move with the great actors, but a morbid theme.
Not a good movie for children or people with week minds.
Published 2 months ago by Ed
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Performances
Here are guys near the end of their careers playing a supporting cast. The movie has no stars as such, but speeds along with polished ensemble performances by real professionals -... Read more
Published 2 months ago by AvonCT
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Always liked this movie and wanted my own copy of it, finally got around to buying it. Good quality DVD, plays well.
Published 3 months ago by ManicBobo
4.0 out of 5 stars Why I liked this movie
About a doctor who experimented on humans. He has cloned a bunch of boys. These baby boys were adopted out to people all over the world including the USA. Read more
Published 3 months ago by donna
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