WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Boys From Brazil, The

Reviewed In Issue 25 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, James Mason, Lilli Palmer & Jeremy Black

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Pioneer Artists
(Catalog Number): PSE96-079
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $49.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 127
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1978
(LD Release Date): 3/9/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): F.J. Schaffner
(Screenplay/Written By): Heywood Gould
(Story): NA
(Music): Jerry Goldsmith
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Gil Parrondo
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Robert E. Swink, A.C.E.
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Robert Fryer
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Martin Richards & Stanley O’Toole

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Boys From Brazil, based on the novel by Ira Levin, is a riveting thriller that follows the fabled Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman (Laurence Olivier in a powerful Academy Award®-nominated performance). When Lieberman learns of a sinister plan to murder a diverse group of elderly civil servants, he begins a search through South America to stop the despised Nazi geneticist, Dr. Josef Mengele’s (Gregory Peck) devious plan to found a Fourth Reich. This Pioneer Special Edition includes a seven minute promotional featurette of the film, the original theatrical trailer, an alternate trailer and Jerry Goldsmith’s Oscar®-nominated score isolated on the right analog track.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, matted at 1.82:1, is undersaturated in color fidelity with weak blacks, unnatural fleshtones and pale colors. Contrast is poor with mediocre shadow detail. Images are wanting in sharpness and detail and there is distracting noise and artifacts apparent throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Contrary to the film credits, the soundtrack is undistinguished monaural with veiled and dated fidelity that is distorted.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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