There have been scores of movies revolving around World War II. And just as many involving the Nazi’s after the war. From the serious non-fiction tones of Judgment at Nuremberg to the ridiculousness of Iron Sky, the members of one of the most villainous regime’s in history is rich fodder for fiction tales, especially when taking on the classic What If? Such a film is 1978’s The Boys from Brazil, released now on Blu-ray for the first time in North America.
Barry Kohler (Steve Guttenberg), a young Nazi hunter, tracks down a group of former SS officers meeting in secret in Paraguay with notorious Nazi Dr. Mengele (Gregory Peck). Barry contacts veteran Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman (Laurence Olivier) and informs him of the meeting, but it isn’t until Barry turns up dead that Lieberman takes notice and starts a search throughout Europe and the USA to uncover the plot of the evil Dr. Mengele, a plot that even he cannot believe.
The Boys from Brazil is a crackling good thriller filled with intrigue and action and laying out a very interesting What If storyline that is too good to ruin here. And the high calibre actors involved, Peck and Olivier, seem to really be enjoying themselves here and play it up quite a bit. Both actors overdo it and really enjoy making their characters larger than life, especially Peck and the real life Mengele, who he plays here with James Bond villain style glee. The Boys from Brazil even manages to throw in a little sci-fi just for good measure, but you will have to check it out to see what I am talking about. This is an awesome 1970s over the top thriller and a heck of a good time. Highly recommended.
The Blu-ray from Shout Factory is a very nice transfer and a major upgrade over previous DVD editions. Especially for a film almost 40 years old. The Boys from Brazil is a great piece of 70s style action thriller history and a great and very welcome addition to Blu-ray.
Available now on Blu-ray.