Bloodthirsty Butchers NR

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There is an unusual alliance between Sweeny Todd, the local barber, and Maggie Lovett, who runs an innocuous appearing, bake shop. This alliance has begun to wreak havoc in London and has also resulted in some of the most unusual 'meat pies' available anywhere in town.

Starring:
John Miranda, Annabella Wood
Runtime:
1 hour, 19 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Horror
Director Andy Milligan
Starring John Miranda, Annabella Wood
Supporting actors Berwick Kaler, Jane Hilary, Michael Cox, Linda Driver, William Barrel, Jonathan Holt, Susan Cassidy, David Pike, Frank Echols, Ann Arrow, Shirley Ashdown, Dickson Bain, George Barry
Studio MR. FAT-W VIDEO
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mike Justice on November 2, 2004
Format: DVD
I bought this DVD because I was thrilled with Something Weird's double feature disc of "The Ghastly Ones" and "Seeds." Well, Video Kart is no Something Weird! I don't mind that the transfer looks like hell, because the original films looked like hell and that was part of their charm. What bothers me is the weird, incomprehensible post-production tinkering on the part of Video Kart to change the films. During a few sequences in "Bloodthirsty Butchers," there are some conspicuous, newly added slow-mo effects put into the film. It doesn't exactly ruin the movie, but why - when promoting "uncut" and "unadulterated" presentations of Andy Milligan's films - would someone decide, "Oh yeah, this sequence would look so much better if we goosed it up a bit with slo-mo effects." You know what? People get irritated when George Lucas musses up his OWN work. Granted, Andy Milligan isn't George Lucas, but I thought the point of releasing these old films on DVD was to preserve the integrity of the artist. If I had it to do over again, I'd save the money I spent on this disc and have my Something Weird video prints of "Bloodthirsty Butchers" and "Rats are Coming" transferred to DVD myself.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Reverend on November 16, 2003
Format: DVD
Both of these films must be from TV prints as all the gore and nudity has been amatuerishly edited out. Compare the films to the trailers and you'll see for yourself. My old bootleg video copies are superior in content and print quality. I paid $5.99 for this DVD and didn't think twice about throwing it in the trash. Beware.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Andy Milligan fans rejoice! Here are two of the hack's (I mean director's) most notorious efforts in one double-bill package. If you're not already educated about Milligan, he was a filmmaker who in the 60s and 70s made a series of period horror films, none costing more that $10,000 to produce (according to a famous Andy quote), and none looking like they cost more than $5,000 to make. Milligan has often been referred to as the worst director of all the time, but you can decide after enduring the two features here. For the most part, Milligan worked out of Staten Island, New York, but some of his efforts--such as the two features here--were actually shot in merry old England. Andy not only directed the films, but photographed them, made the costumes, assembled the eccentric-seeming cast members, and just about everything else possible (many of the names in his films' credits were fabricated).
BLOODTHIRSTY BUTCHERS (1970) is Andy's retelling of the "Sweeney Todd" story which had already been filmed as SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET with Tod Slaughter in the 30s, and later became a popular Broadway musical. Here, Sweeney Todd (John Miranda) runs a barber shop (with black & white tiled floors) where he cuts men's' throats while shaving and steals there jewelry, sometimes lopping off a hand or a finger in the process. Body parts of the victims end up in meat pies and are sold to the locals at a bakery, while Sweeney cheats on his wife with nearly every slut in town.
Filled with talk, the dialog is exuberant and swift, so trying to assess these actors' performances seems pointless. Victorian England is represented by a few setpieces shot claustrophobically as to mask the modern-day hindrances and demonstrate Andy's "skill" with a hand-held camera.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morten Hillebert Bay on April 25, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Okay, I admit it. I didn't do my homework on this one.
What I did do was make a Google search for ALL Sweeney Todd movies (followed by thorough reading of Wikipedia's page on the subject), and I think I've pretty much purchased all of them.

I thought that the MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION - THE COMPLETE SERIES (1966) [NON-USA Format / Import / Region 2 / PAL] version was bad, but it seems that this two months older production takes the price for worst adaptation.

The story is the classic "string of pearls" version, where Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett are out to get as large a profit as possible, and when a string of pearls comes along...

Anyway, if you think the premise is thin, the acting is even worse.
None of the actors seem much more adept at acting than your average adult movie star, maybe with the exception of the guy playing Sweeney, who is even worse.

From what I can tell from people in the know, this is the standard you can come to expect from this director, and with the other feature available in this set (that I couldn't even force myself to watch until the end), this seems a very likely truth.

The camera work (or lack of same) combined with the cutting in the middle of scenes and the lousy audio track available here doesn't help matters at all.

A note on the picture and audio quality: If this is the digitally remastered version advertised both on the cover and before the movie itself starts, I would rather not have any contact with a pre-digital release.

All in all, unless you are an absolute Sweeney completist I cannot find it within me to recommend this.
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