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The Doctor And The Devils [Blu-ray]
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Here Burke and Hare are called Fallon (Jonathan Pryce) and Broom (Stephen Rea)and the bodies are supplied to Dr. Thomas Rock (Timothy Dalton). Rock's assistant (Julian Sands) suspects that something isn't right with the bodies they are being brought to them for study. Featuring a terrific supporting cast including Patrick Stewart ("Star Trek: The Next Generation"), Twiggy and Siân Phillips ("I, Claudius"), the direction by the late great two time Oscar winner (Cinematography for "Sons and Lovers" and "Glory")Freddie Francis (best known as a director for his work for Amicus and Hammer Films).
Screenwriter Ronald Harwood ("The Dresser") adapted Thomas' original screenplay. Produced by Mel Brooks with Jonathan Sanger, the film received a very limited release and distribution by 20th Century Fox which was curious given Brooks success with the studio. It led to the estrangement of Brooks from the company where he had directed ("Young Frankenstein")and produced many hits.
The blu-ray looks quite nice. There are a couple of speckles here and there but, on the whole, this is a exceptionally good transfer of the film. The film has always looked grainy and the gritty look of the slums of London are nicely captured by Gerry Turpin and Norman Warwick.Read more ›
Thomas Rock (Timothy Dalton) is a young anatomy professor who feels his hands are tied to make new discoveries for the advancement of science. Rigid moral laws of the day limit him to the amount of cadavers he can research on. He receives the rotting bodies of a few hanged criminals every year to work with. Rock needs fresher specimens to work with, and two grave robbers (Jonathan Pryce and Stephen Rea) will do what it takes to provide fresher corpses for the professor – at a hefty cost.
“The Doctor and the Devils” is presented in 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1) with 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo. The picture perfectly displays all the beauty of a dark and sinister 19th Century England. The Blu-ray transfer did nothing to diminish any of its Gothic flare. It’s a bit disappointing we only get a 2.0 mix given that the bustling streets in the movie are full of tantalizing chatter and distracting noises. However, the balance between dialogue, musical score, and environmental sounds is strong throughout.
While it’s not quite as jam-packed full of bonus material as some Scream Factory releases, “The Doctor and the Devil” still boasts some entertaining surprises. Commentary is provided by author Steve Haberman.Read more ›
It is important to note that the Val Lewton classic "The Body Snatcher" is much similar to the Burke and Hare caricatures who are on display in this Brooksfilms production as well, and this time the results are a bit mixed, but I enjoyed seeing this title on Blu-Ray nonetheless. This is not your typical slasher movie at all; most, today, would label it "slow" and "dull". But if you stick with it and pay attention to individual scenes, there is some payoff to partake of, particularly during the film's ending. Dalton and his co-stars make the most of their entertaining performances, and kudos too must be given to cinematographers Gerry Turpin and Norman Warwick who truly lend this picture the stuff of fine art-style photography, which helped to elevate viewers into a world that had not yet been experienced before on the big screen at that time.
Extras on this Scream Factory release are quite good if slightly inconclusive.Read more ›
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Excellent acting, handsome production design, realistic costume and setting. Anamorphic widescreen picture looks great.Published 15 months ago by Manny Agah
The first thing that horror fans will assume when watching this movie is that it was a Hammer production. It’s not but you would be hard pressed to tell the difference. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mark Turner
This is a good movie similar to the Boris Korloff version called "The Body Snatcher." Nevertheless, the movie is defective--the whole lot has the same problem. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rock Hard