Post by maninasuitcase on May 5, 2015 16:48:15 GMT
I could sworn we had a topic on this horror film but it must have been elsewhere.
I picked up the BD today in HMV for £10.99 (Amazon - £15.50!). It is a shame that our reviews of this underrated movie have disappeared into a cyber black hole. Anyway, I have had a quick look at the Extras and there is a Making of featurette with input from the star Derren Nesbitt (Burke), Dee Shipman AKA Dee Shenderey (Mrs Burke) and Ray Corbett (assistant director). Sadly there is no input whatsoever from Glynn. A real shame because with Yootha Joyce and Harry Andrews long since deceased that would have meant the only living stars of the film had contributed.
There is also a featurette featuring an interview with the one time sex symbol Francoise Pascal. Sadly, the years have not been kind to Francoise and she now resembles a female version of Eamonn Holmes crossed with a barrage balloon.
I am very sorry to report that the image quality on this BD is little better than DVD standard. No picture clarity, no rich colours, strobing in some scenes and flecks all over the screen on the vast majority of the movie. I think this could be the worst quality BD I have ever seen.
Oh dear, that is a shame and thanks for the tip off.
I am the world's biggest sceptic sceptic of BluRay and HD and as some people on here might know I believe plot, story and acting to be far more important than picture quality. I have enjoyed many films and TV shows on dodgy VHS in the 80s and have never thought that a crisp picture is going to swing a film into areas of appreciation I have not experienced before. The only slight exception to this rule so far is "The Professionals" but the overall release swung it for me, with the extras and what not included too - another topic though. Therefore I see no need in rereleasing films on a BluRay disc if all I am likely to see is what I could just as easily enjoy on bigbox VHS in the 80s, DVD and/or DVD rips since.
This is a real shame as I have held off on watching this as it stars two of my favourite actors of the period Glynn Edwards (or course) and Derren Nesbitt and was hoping this BluRay might be my first viewing of this much talked about film.
OT, but this is a great interview with Derren all about him in "Where Eagles Dare' - link
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Daley & McCann are, as good as, holding hands, on the exercise yard, in the scrubs.
Well I finally had a chance to watch the movie. The BD does feel like BD, not the kind of quality I would expect from a DVD. I can't really say much considering that they wouldn't have expected Blu-Ray do be around, who knew?
Onto Glynn Edwards role, considering that two years prior, he got stabbed in Get Carter, so I'm sure some naive folks would have been like "Oh, he got stabbed so therefore he's weak" and appeared in this movie to show how much of a bad person he could get but in a mature sense, it is Burke and Hare afterall, two murderers who made history which contributed to form the Anatomy Act in 1832. I am also guessing he added Scotland to the lists of places he's acted for before he went to Africa again for Shaft and where ever else. I thought it was a nice watch, with the early 70s production. I didn't get bored or forced myself to watch it or anything. It was interesting.
I also have to add that I like this movie because how it captures the ideas in the early 70s, when it was "swinging" and "groovy" and they made a movie like this. They even managed to get a few sub-scenes with students in there, to make it have more of a college feel, yeah rather weird. I think to capture that college appeal. Glynn Edwards as Hare was him being nice. I'm sure he had a lot of fun playing the character to make the movie a bit more fun despite the dark drama of the movie. Also considering that Simon Pegg in the reboot played Hare, which was very interesting. Makes me wonder if Simon Pegg is a fan of Glynn Edwards.