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When a man in their Edinburgh boarding house dies, poor Irish immigrants Burke (Derren Nesbitt) and Hare (Glynn Edwards) discover they can make good money by supplying corpses for scientific study to a doctor at the university medical school. Inconvenienced by the lack of available cadavers, the cunning pair soon turns to murder to maintain their revenue stream. Vernon Sewell (Ghost Ship, The Blood Beast Terror) directs this classic horror film with a dose of dark comedy. Newly remastered in HD and in it s original aspect ratio for the first time. First time ever on Blu-ray!


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  • Actors: Derren Nesbitt, Glynn Edwards
  • Directors: Vernon Sewell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007UQ8IP6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,155 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Miller on July 4, 2015
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chip Kaufmann on October 1, 2014
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Like so many early 1970s British horror movies, I first saw BURKE & HARE at a drive-in as part of a double or triple bill. I don't remember what else was showing that night but this was the movie that I came to see and it wasn't the first feature on the program. I knew director Vernon Sewell from two earlier films, THE CRIMSON CULT and THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR (both 1968) and from being mentioned in David Pirie's landmark study of British horror cinema, A HERITAGE OF HORROR. Neither of the two movies I mentioned were particularly good but they were entertaining and well made and boasted powerhouse horror casts (Peter Cushing, Robert Flemyng, Christopher Lee, Barbara Steele, Michael Gough, and Boris Karloff). This one didn't have the cast but it was about Burke & Hare.

I am fascinated by the Burke & Hare saga. Though he was hanged in 1829 Burke's skeleton, along with a calling card case made from his skin, is still on display in Edinburgh. I am also a huge admirer of John Gilling's 1959 version of the story THE FLESH & THE FIENDS. I have all 5 of the major cinematic versions of the story and this one is by far and away the weakest of the set which is too bad because there was real potential here. The problem is that the producers wanted to have their cake and eat it too. They combined a horror movie with a period sex romp in the vein of FANNY HILL. The bordello scenes look like a completely different movie. The lighting is different, the music is cheerful, and the editing between the two storylines is very haphazard. This is really too bad because the B & H scenes are well staged and well acted by Derren Nesbit & Glynn Edwards. Yootha Joyce and Dee Shenderey are also very good as the women behind the men. Harry Andrews looks the part of Dr.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Amazzini on February 8, 2013
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.Read more ›
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