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Burke & Hare (Remastered Edition) [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Derren Nesbitt, Harry Andrews, Glynn Edwards
  • Directors: Vernon Sewell
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • Release Date: July 17 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B007UQ8IP6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,360 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Burke & Hare (Remastered Edition) [Blu-ray]

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Format: Blu-ray
BURKE & HARE [1972] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] The Pimps and the Prostitutes and the Body-Snatchers! The Brothels and Dens of iniquity!

Vernon Sewell [‘The Blood Beast Terror’] directs this Hammeresque horror on the early days of anatomy, when the need for fresh corpses led to a series of murders in Edinburgh.

When the villainous grave robbers Burke and Hare realise that demand for corpses is outstripping supply, they decide to take matters into their own hands and prey on drunken prostitutes in the brothels and alleyways of Victorian Edinburgh. Derren Nesbit, Glynn Edwards, Yootha Joyce and Francoise Pascal star in this seminal British shocker. Extras include interviews with cast and crew members, Françoise Pascal and Derren Nesbitt.

FILM FACT: The eponymous theme song, which opens and closes the film, was written by Roger Webb with lyrics by Norman Newell and performed by the English comedy/musical trio The Scaffold.

Cast: Derren Nesbitt, Harry Andrews, Glynn Edwards, Yootha Joyce, Françoise Pascal, Yutte Stensgaard, Robin Hawdon, Alan Tucker, Dee Shenderey, Joan Carol, Paul Greaves, David Pugh, James Hayter, Thomas Heathcote and Duncan Lamont

Director: Vernon Sewell

Producer: Guido Coen

Screenplay: Ernle Bradford

Composer: Roger Webb

Cinematography: Desmond Dickinson

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

Audio: English: 2.0 LPMC Audio Stereo

Subtitles: None

Running Time: 94 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Odeon Entertainment

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: A dark comedy thriller about the infamous 19th century body snatchers.
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Flawed and Unclassifiable British Rarity Feb. 8 2013
By William Amazzini - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
Throughout the seventies, many British studios tried to compete with Hammer Films in the Horror genre output and few succeeded. Here we have a rare British title , Director Vernon Sewell's 'BURKE AND HARE'- 1972, which received limited distribution in the states and appeared in mom and pop video stores in the eighties via a muddy VHS transfer. The story of grave robbers doing murderous business with surgeons in 1800's Edinburgh had been filmed many times before and because it was the seventies , this version contains dark and crude sexual humor taking place in brothels and pubs making it hard to classify it as a Horror film or an exploitation comedy. It is peppered with many familiar British actors : Harry Andrews as Dr. Knox who seems to be slumming it, the always excellent Derren Nesbitt in a front and center role for once , an unrecognizable Yootha Joyce as Burke's Sweeney Todd/Mrs. Lovett-like unpleasant wife, and as the gorgeous brothel trollops ,Francoise Pascal and a blink or you'll miss cameo by Yutte Stensgaard who played Mircalla/Millarca Karnstein in Director Jimmy Sangster's 'LUST FOR A VAMPIRE'- 1970 who gave that role an underrated performance. Director Sewell directs the proceedings in a straight forward manner having come off the set of the much better guilty pleasure 'THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR' aka 'THE VAMPIRE BEAST CRAVES BLOOD'-1971 also available from Redemption Films in Blu-Ray or DVD. The Blu-Ray is a nice clear transfer in its correct 1.66 aspect ratio showing off the production design giving a you are there feel to the dirty alleyways and interior hovels enhancing the crisp cinematography by Desmond Dickinson although the negative fluctuates with bluish blemishes and brownish tones. The music score by Roger Webb is average but the main and end titles has an annoying theme song sung by a group called 'THE SCAFFOLD'. Extras include a featurette called 'GRAVE DESIRES:CORPSES ON FILM' ; a wonderful interview with actress Francoise Pascal who seemed to enjoy the shoot and trailers to this film plus other Redemption British titles. For those who want to see more of this type of material, scope out Director John Gilling's stylish 'THE FLESH AND THE FIENDS' aka 'MANIA' -1961 with Peter Cushing in the Dr. Knox role which may be the definitive version of the material and also Director Freddie Francis's intense work 'THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS'- 1985 with Timothy Dalton as Dr. Knox. Of course, Director Robert Wise's 'THE BODY SNATCHER' -1945 should be mentioned with the 'BURKE AND HARE' characters hovering over the proceedings of actor Henry Daniel as the good Dr. MacFarlane and the ultimate Boris Karloff performance :Cab man Grey. For British Horror completists only, it is an offbeat piece of British history come to life and should be much better if not for the seesawing of Benny Hill like humor and serious horror making the viewing of 'BURKE AND HARE' a frustrating experience.
Carry On Graverobbing Oct. 24 2014
By M2 - Published on
I went into this film expecting some real early 70s British trash, along the lines of "Virgin Witch" or "Horror Hospital" (which is delightful trash, but trash). Instead I found a faintly serious, highly droll take on the Burke and Hare story, that may be the best acted rubbish film of its decade. The cast ranges from Royal Shakespeare Company staple Harry Andrews to Benny Hill stooge Bob Todd, but everyone is uniformly good. Derren Nesbitt plays a somewhat naive Burke, while Glynn Edwards channels Robert Newton as Long John Silver as Hare. Their scenes together are terrific. Harry Andrews plays Dr. Knox, and he gives it his all, even though the film was probably nothing more than a bit of lolly to augment his lower-paying stage work. Director Vernon Sewell, nobody's candidate for great British filmmaker, does very well here, emphasizing the humor without totally burlesquing things. And somehow, the inane rock theme song fits perfectly. If you are expecting a thoughtful treatise on the historic Burke and Hare, you'd better look elsewhere. But if you want a freewheeling, historical melodrama that has some genuinely funny moments and a lot of boobies thrown in for good measure, this is the ticket. Think Hammer meets Tom Jones.
I recommend it wholeheartedly April 10 2015
By C. S. Petersen - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Highly entertaining, and bizarrely directed. Basically it is paced and cued as though it was a comedy, but all the events are the actual terrifying dark happenings of Burke & Hare. It's utterly weird to hear a "boinnnng" musical note when someone is being hideously murdered.

Lots of topless action and simulated vigorous (and often very amusing sex) if that floats your boat, but in standard British style almost no gore. Plenty of murders, however.

Despite this, I recommend it wholeheartedly. Actually of all the numerous Burke & Hare versions & knock-offs I've seen, this is my second favorite, even surpassing the Peter Cushing take in Flesh & the Fiends. The best, of course, is still Val Lewton's The Body Snatchers, which is a Boris Karloff showcase and also has Bela Lugosi (though in only a small role).
Interesting Story. June 11 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
This was an interesting story. It was about two people that got involved in the body selling trade that went on in the early 1800's. This was at the time a common way that doctors could gain access to bodies for study in anatomy schools. Things like this actually happened. The two men, Burke and Hare, took things further and committed murder to get bodies and make money. This movie is based on actual events.

(The Burke and Hare murders (also known as the West Port murders) were a series of murders committed in Edinburgh, Scotland over a period of about ten months in 1828. The killings were attributed to Irish immigrants William Burke and William Hare, who sold the corpses of their 16 victims to Doctor Robert Knox as dissection material for his well-attended anatomy lectures. Burke and Hare's accomplices were Burke's mistress, Helen McDougal, and Hare's wife, Margaret Laird.[1] From their method of killing their victims came the word "burking", meaning to smother and compress the chest of a murder victim, and a derived meaning, to suppress something quietly.) Taken from Wikipedia
I couldn't finish it! April 5 2014
By C. Thomason - Published on
I have heard of the story. I think the dorky music in the background put me off more than the cheap scenery and bad actors. I didn't hear one Scottish accent. Pity.

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