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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

directed by Franklin J. Schaffner
U.S.A. 1978

Casting can make or break a movie, but it's the rare piece of casting that can do both to the same film, depending on the viewer. Gregory Peck's borderline bizarre turn as Nazi butcher Josef Mengele is the most compelling reason to watch The Boys from Brazil (1978), because you'll either feel you're staring straight into the face of evil, or you'll be sitting slack-jawed at the wrong-headedness of the entire undertaking. There's really no middle ground when an actor as beloved as Peck decides to clone Adolf Hitler, especially since Peck appears to have de-aged himself by rubbing black Kiwi shoe polish into his hair. One reviewer wrote that he's "made up to look like a cross between a banana republic dictator and a rodent."

Based on Ira Levin's best-selling novel, The Boys from Brazil concerns itself with the fictional post-War activities of Mengele, who in real life was alive and hiding in Sao Paolo, Brazil when the film was produced. Mengele, of course, was the sadistic physician who performed unfathomably hideous experiments on thousands of unwilling subjects who were under his "care" at Auschwitz. (In one of the 20th century's cruelest twists of fate, The Angel of Death was never captured and tried for his horrendous crimes.)

Excerpt from Turner Classic Film located HERE

 

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Theatrical Release: October 5th, 1978 - NYC, NY, USA

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 Comparison:

Artisan - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Carlton - *2 Disc - Region 0 - PAL vs. ITV DVD - Region FREE Blu-ray vs. Shout! Factory - Region 'A'- Blu-ray

* set includes another DVD as well: "The Medusa Touch"

 

1) Artisan - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Carlton - Region 0 - PAL - SECOND

3) ITV DVD - Region FREE Blu-ray THIRD

4) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Artisan Entertainment

Region 0  - NTSC

Carlton Entertainment
Region 0 - PAL
ITV DVD
Region
FREE Blu-ray
Shout! Factory
Region
'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:04:44 1:59:32 (4% PAL speedup) 2:04:58.000 2:04:50.791
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.26 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.14
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,121,531,508 bytes

Feature: 20,364,146,688 bytes

Video Bitrate: 20.02 Mbps

Codec: VC-1 Video

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,394,773,508 bytes

Feature: 20,923,502,592 bytes

Video Bitrate: 18.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Artisan

 

Bitrate:

Carlton

Bitrate:

ITV Blu-ray

Bitrate:

Shout! Factory Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps

DTS-HD Master Audio Undetermined 2056 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2056 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles None English, and none English, and none English, and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Artisan Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterbox - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Production notes
• 2 Widescreen non-anamorphic theatrical trailers (2:44), (2:48)

DVD Release Date: April 23, 2000
Keep Case

Chapters 33

Release Information:
Studio: Carlton Visual Entertainment Ltd

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterbox - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Widescreen non-anamorphic trailers for Carlton DVDs (:38)

DVD Release Date: 17 March, 2003
Keep Case

Chapters 15

Release Information:
Studio: ITV

 

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
 

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,121,531,508 bytes

Feature: 20,364,146,688 bytes

Video Bitrate: 20.02 Mbps

Codec: VC-1 Video

Edition Details:
• Trailer (2:46)

Blu-ray Release Date: June 23rd, 2008
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 15

Release Information:
Studio:
Shout! Factory

 

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
 

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,394,773,508 bytes

Feature: 20,923,502,592 bytes

Video Bitrate: 18.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• 
Trailer (2:45)
 

Blu-ray Release Date: January 6th, 2015
Standard
Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Shout! Factory - Region 'A' Blu-ray - December 2014: Firstly, I have redone captures for both Blu-rays. The Shout! Factory starts with the ITV logo and aside from it being a different encode (AVC as opposed to VC-1) it looks exactly the same in-motion. The US release does however offer a lossless audio track - DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel - notable in the robust score by Jerry Goldsmith. Both offer English subtitles and only a trailer as an extra but while the ITV is region FREE - the Shout! Factory is locked to region 'A'. I still get a kick out of this film.

 

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ADDITION: ITV DVD Blu-ray (June 08'): Firstly, the great news - despite rumors to the contrary this release, like Black Narcissus, is REGION FREE and will play on Blu-ray players world-wide.

 

The improvement in detail is significant. Granted neither SD edition was even anamorphic so the Blu-ray didn't have far to go, but I'm thoroughly impressed with the sharpness and have added further Blu-ray captures at the bottom (clickable to full resolution) to give you an idea how strong this new ITV DVD looks. We should note that contrast is a shade paler and we've been told this is due to our capture method which may need to be expanded from video levels (16-235) to PC levels (0-255). Regardless, the improvement is so immense that anyone can judge simply by looking at the comparison captures.

 

There is only a trailer on the Blu-ray as an extra and the disc is single-layered with it taking up about 19 Gig. Audio is clear but unremarkable (thought I noted one dropout) and there are English subtitles offered in a respectable white font.

 

I think this looks even better than another Lew Grade flick - Capricorn One reviewed on REGION-FREE Blu-ray HERE and I've always had a soft sport for the film even though 'critics' bash it. I love it and so recommend this Blu-ray as the absolute best image quality for viewing this at home. 

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ON THE SD EDITIONS: The Artisan NTSC version is slightly horizontally cropped and the picture quality is inferior to the Carlton PAL DVD. The Carlton shows a bit of film grain. Colors are about equal in both. Actually both non-anamorphic DVDs are very weak. Neither edition has any extras worth mentioning, but buy the Carlton and get "The Medusa Touch" as well. Easy decision.  

- Gary W. Tooze


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(Artisan - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Carlton - Region 0 - PAL - RIGHT)


 

ITV - Region FREE - Blu-ray LEFT vs. Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray  RIGHT

 


 

Screen Captures

 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920 X 1080 RESOLUTION

 

1) ITV DVD - Region FREE Blu-ray TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

 

 

1) Artisan - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Carlton - Region 0 - PAL - SECOND

3) ITV DVD - Region FREE Blu-ray THIRD

4) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Artisan - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Carlton - Region 0 - PAL - SECOND

3) ITV DVD - Region FREE Blu-ray THIRD

4) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Artisan - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Carlton - Region 0 - PAL - SECOND

3) ITV DVD - Region FREE Blu-ray THIRD

4) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Artisan - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Carlton - Region 0 - PAL - SECOND

3) ITV DVD - Region FREE Blu-ray THIRD

4) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Artisan - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Carlton - Region 0 - PAL - SECOND

3) ITV DVD - Region FREE Blu-ray THIRD

4) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


More Blu-ray captures

 

1) ITV DVD - Region FREE Blu-ray TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) ITV DVD - Region FREE Blu-ray TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) ITV DVD - Region FREE Blu-ray TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) ITV DVD - Region FREE Blu-ray TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) ITV DVD - Region FREE Blu-ray TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) ITV DVD - Region FREE Blu-ray TOP

2) Shout! Factory - Region 'A' Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


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Distribution

Artisan Entertainment

Region 0  - NTSC

Carlton Entertainment
Region 0 - PAL
ITV DVD
Region
FREE Blu-ray
Shout! Factory
Region
'A' - Blu-ray



 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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