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Corruption (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (1968)

Peter Cushing , Sue Lloyd , Robert Hartford-Davis  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Cushing, Sue Lloyd, Kate O'Mara, Billy Murray, Wendy Varnals
  • Directors: Robert Hartford-Davis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Grindhouse Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E3H3CO2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,956 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present the FIRST-EVER U.S. home video release of the wildest, sickest and sleaziest swinging-sixties British horror thriller -CORRUPTION. The legendary Peter Cushing stars as a surgeon driven to murder and madness as he attempts to restore the beauty of his hideously disfigured fashion model wife. Co-starring Sue Lloyd and Hammer Horror beauty Kate O'Mara (THE VAMPIRE LOVERS). This special edition contains shocking scenes of GORE and NUDITY previously deemed too strong for American audiences.
Bonus Features:
  • 2 DISC SET - Deluxe dual layer Blu-ray Edition + DVD combo
  • Spectacular new hi-definition digital restoration of the original uncensored version - PLUS - the "International Version" of the movie with bloody violence and nudity presented for the very first time in America
  • Interviews with stars Wendy Varnals, Billy Murray, Jan Waters and Peter Cushing
  • Audio commentary by acclaimed UK horror journalist Jonathan Rigby and Peter Cushing biographer David Miller
  • Isolated music and effects track
  • Liner notes by Allan Bryce, editor of the celebrated British horror magazine THE DARK SIDE
  • Extensive still galleries, trailers, TV spots and radio spots
  • The original annotated director's shooting script and production notes
  • Shocking reversible cover with original art by notorious illustrator Rick Melton
  • Grindhouse Releasing prevues of coming attractions
  • AND OTHER SURPRISES!

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Cushing...Corrupted! October 19, 2013
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After nearly a full year of suspense, the wait was over. I got my copy of Grindhouse Releasing’s 1968 Grand Moff Tarkin vehicle, CORRUPTION!

Let me preface the review by saying that I felt the advertising of this somewhat lost film went a little overboard, promising all this ‘gore and nudity’ like never before seen. Upon hitting PLAY you are given a choice of ‘ US/UK version ‘ or ‘International version’. After running the ‘International’ version I had wondered if a mistake was made at authoring and the version were inverted. It just didn’t seem to capture the intensity conveyed by its nifty reversible cover (which is awesome). But I feel this is not the fault of anyone but my own insensitivity to gore and flesh. This is no ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ but if you put it into perspective; big English actor (Mr. Cushing), the sixties, a comedian and a future East Ender, it was a pretty challenging work of cinema for its day.

That aside, Corruption is quite engaging and enjoyable. Story is pretty straight forward. This guy feels like crap because he accidentally got his trophy bride to be disfigured. Good thing he just happens to be a medical genius who can fix his woman’s disfigurement….At least temporary. She’s a vain chick who guilt trips him at every corner to keep her pretty. Oh, and to do this involves murdering other pretty chicks and cutting their heads off. Again, not the most amazing story, but quite effective in keeping things interesting and not feeling too hokey.

What really impressed me was Peter Newbrook’s cinematography and Don Deacon’s editing. Both went very well together. The English countryside has never looked so unintentionally grand and breathtaking. That’s right.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great - at last! November 16, 2013
Corruption has been a rare film for decades, and I am really pleased to see it finally releases on DVD and Bluray. This pack contains two separate discs, and the DVD and Bluray discs are identical, so you just choose which one you'd like to play.
Now onto the film itself. Corruption tells a familiar tale, in which a man is driven to madness by his efforts to restore the lost looks of his wife. The cure requires the use of the pituitary gland from other women, and let's just say that the women are not willing donors! Set and filmed in England in the swinging Sixties, the film has dated somewhat, especially evident in the "groovy party" opening scene, but apart from that silliness, the rest of if holds up pretty well. Peter Cushing is of course exemplary in the lead role of the doctor who kills to cure his disfigured wife. Even in the most lurid scenes (more of these later), he acts the part realistically and with dignity. Sue Lloyd plays the vain wife with the ruined face, and she also does well, portraying a nasty, selfish character that you really feel no sympathy for. It would be fair to say that she is the villain and Peter Cushing is the good guy in this set up, even though he does the killing!

A few things let the film down, some of it's very "Britishness" means that the violence can sometimes be ineffective, especially noticeable in a "home invasion" scene when a gang of thugs terrorise a small house - the gang don't seem threatening in the least, and I think it's a combination of the acting, the script and direction that no sense of real menace exists in this scene. It's a shame because elsewhere in the film all the acting is quite effective, but this confrontation is not, and it's pivotal to the climax of the film.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just one more time ... November 2, 2013
By orvuus
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This is a must-have film for fans of Peter Cushing, and for all fans of sixties and seventies drama. That being said I give this release 5 stars and have to take it down a notch for the film itself. The things that didn't work for me were the horrible jazzy score (this was the crossing point time of the popularity of jazz and beatnik music, and the rock and roll that was yet to come), most jarring in the first part of the film, and the somewhat bewildering ending. I think a better editing job in fact would have made this a much tighter, effective film. But what's to love? You name it! We have a wild and swinging (and after many repetitions in film, irritating) hippie party to start things off. Of course it all goes wrong. Then there is Cushing, a distinguished surgeon, going mad bit by bit -- only he could have pulled this off. If it had been anyone else, I would never have believed it. Then we have Sue Lloyd, glamorous as ever (in the beginning), also going mad, which is also entirely effective due to her acting skill! Kate O'Mara rounds out the cast as Lloyd's sister who sees things coming apart.

Kudos also to the director for making these the most resistant victims you've ever seen when they realize what's up! Everyone puts up a ferocious fight, and my eyeballs about fell out seeing Peter Cushing wrestling around the floor with a healthy lass who's determined to get out of it or strike back at him! Without giving too much more away, I can only say the final chapters (with the exception of the very last scene, which is just bad) introduce a new twist to the whole film and ... you'll just have to see it to believe it. I was thoroughly uncomfortable in the first part of the film, and then perversely wildly entertained during the last half of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This film seems to owe a lot to the old ...
This film seems to owe a lot to the old Paramount movie "The Man in Half Moon Street". There are several other movies that seem to have the same story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scott Haltom
5.0 out of 5 stars "NEW CLUES IN HEADLESS GIRL MURDER!"...
After a famous surgeon named Sir John Rowan (Peter Cushing- DR. TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS, THE GHOUL, THE SKULL) inadvertently burns his fiancée, Lynn's (Sue Lloyd) face,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars A great horror movie
This was a very good horror movie. I loved that it had both the American version and the European version which had more bloody violence in it which makes it not for the faint of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Doc
1.0 out of 5 stars Fanatics
I feel guilty criticizing a 40 something year old movie except that you can find better plot, acting, effects in a tele series 10 years older or another movie 30 years older still. Read more
Published 6 months ago by G. Teslovich
5.0 out of 5 stars A Typically Great Peter Cushing Performance
Being a fan of Hammer Horror movies and Peter Cushing, I was excited to check out a rare horror/thriller that I had never seen. Read more
Published 6 months ago by I love Books and DVDs
4.0 out of 5 stars what can i say
no subtitles but it is ok the picture is very good the sound ok
they propose 2 versions the uk and the international
the international is 91 mn and the uk 90 mn so i... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marc Bouhana
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of Grindhouse Blu-ray edition
Peter Cushing's maniacal performance in the 1968 British horror flick "Corruption" was released on home video for the first time in North American this past October. Read more
Published 9 months ago by keviny01
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what expected
This was not what I expected."FIRST-EVER U.S. home video release of the wildest, sickest and sleaziest swinging-sixties British horror thriller/This special edition contains... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tony M. Musick
4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Cushing As You've Never Seen Him Before...
...or may ever want to see him again. 1968's CORRUPTION is surely the most uncharacteristic movie Cushing ever made. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Chip Kaufmann
3.0 out of 5 stars only movie I saw at drive-in I didn't have
remember this movie but didn't know the title to search for it, it was the only movie I saw at the drive in I didn't have, it's not an oscar winner, but I remember it being... Read more
Published 12 months ago by alan
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