Nazis attempt to destroy the world with a deadly virus.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: January 27, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1948
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) English

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Dr. Bruckner, a Nazi scientist infamously known as the Butcher of Ravensbruck, kills Dr. Forrester, a British bio-chemist, and assumes the dead man's identity. The murder is part of a post-war plot by fugitive Nazis to perform germ warfare experiments in England. Bruckner is determined to develop a strain of plague virus to use in a future war against the victorious Allied forces. His initial experiments with animals are promising but he needs a human subject to proceed further. He convinces his unsuspecting young lab assistant to be his guinea pig, injecting her with the deadly virus followed by the antidote. If she survives the treatment, his work will be completed, but he'll be forced to kill her to cover his tracks.

Counterblast is a post-war thriller from England that brings a bounty of Hitchcockian suspense elements to the screen. The evil Dr. Bruckner is played by Mervyn Johns, and his fiercely menacing portrayal is in stark contrast to his most famous role, filmed three years later - that of Bob Cratchit in the 1951 film version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, with Alistair Sim.

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A tense, sci-fi thriller in which a British spy tries to locate a deadly serum that could decimate the world.


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Very well done Movie Lover: from MIDDLE VILLAGE, NY US -- December, 1, 2010

With Mervyn Johns playing a Nazi scientist planning to release biological warfare against England after WWII, I was a bit concerned. After all, how could the man who played Bob Cratchit so masterfully in "A Christmas Carol", be an evil Nazi? But he does it, indeed, and does it quite well. This is a very good British thriller from 1948 that has clever twists and turns and even Alfred Hitchcock type surprises. You won't regret the hour and a half you spend watching this film.

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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 46,733
  • UPC: 089218574398
  • Shipping Weight: 0.27/lbs (approx)
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