THE PLOT THUS FAR
A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Boys from Brazil” is such an oddity of the 1970s. While it an adaptation of an Ira Levin work in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby or The Stepford Wives, this film pushes the Sci-Fi angle extra hard. Watching a young Steve Guttenburg set up the scene by investigating a sudden Third Reich gathering in South America allows use to frame it against what was still a timely hunt for Nazis that escaped justice. The kicker being that these Nazis were cloning Hitler and celebrating their success placing 94 clones in various conditions around the world to recreate the Fuhrer.
Olivier, Peck and Mason have to be one of my favorite trios ever to grace the screen. That being said, Mason gets the short hand of the stick as he just plays the head of security. Why does one of the greatest voices of the 20th century get stuck in a supporting role. Sure, Olivier plays a great Simon Wiesenthal knock-off, but that’s not enough. I know that I’m overlooking Gregory Peck freaking killing it as Dr. Mengele. The dude is somewhere between Hitler and Count Dracula in the role, but it is the right level of screwed up. “The Boys from Brazil” remains one of those great paranoia thrillers from an age where technology and communication wasn’t strong enough to squash the realities of these unseen terrors. Could secret super science Nazi plans be at foot to ruin the world? Only Ira Levin knew!
The Blu-Ray comes with no special features. However, the A/V Quality is the best we’re going to see outside of teleporting back to the fall of 1978. The 1080p transfer is spotless, but contains an appropriate amount of grain. The DTS-HD 2.0 master audio track is true to its era. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 01/06/2015