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Burke And Hare [DVD]

Derren Nesbitt , Harry Andrews , Vernon Sewell    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Derren Nesbitt, Harry Andrews, Glynn Edwards, Yootha Joyce, Françoise Pascal
  • Directors: Vernon Sewell
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Simply Home Entertainment
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PQB3F4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,674 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Dark thriller with Derren Nesbitt and Glynn Edwards starring as the 19th century body snatchers. Supplying corpses for cash to the pioneering surgeon Dr Knox (Harry Andrews), Burke (Nesbitt) and Hare (Edwards) hit a problem when the supply of cadavers dries up. Not keen to let a business opportunity pass them by, however, the pair soon resort to murder to keep the cash rolling in.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Set in Edinburgh Burke (Nesbitt) & Hare (Edwards) embark on the profitable enterprise of supplying the dead bodies of lodgers from the poorhouse to the medical pioneer Dr Knox (Andrews). As the supply of corpses dries up and driven by their money grabbing wives the pair move onto murder in order to maintain their income. Dr. Knox suspicions become alerted when he's presented with the corpse of a club footed beggar who he's seen alive earlier in the day. ...Burke & Hare ( Horrors of Burke and Hare )

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film, let down by the music 6 April 2009
Burke & Hare (1971) will really only appeal to those who appreciate low-budget British horror films of the 70's. If you want to learn about the crimes committed by these two men then there are better films available than this one. This film does stick closely to the actual events, though parts of the story have been omitted.

1820's Edinburgh is presented as a city whose inhabitants are either wealthy or impoverished. Rich men wear expensive clothes and visit high-class brothels, while the poor are reduced to begging for pennies and shovelling up horse manure. Burke and Hare aren't portrayed as evil monsters, but as hard-up immoral men driven by their greed for money and want of a better life.

For a low-budget film Burke and Hare actually stands up well compared with other similar films of the time. The costumes and sets are very good (though nowhere close to what Hammer were capable of in the early 70's). The actors all turn in fine performances with no one letting the side down. Highlights include a scene where elderly doctors exchange amusing stories about their patients over dinner. There's some enjoyable scenes set in a brothel featuring a bevy of incredibly attractive young ladies. And there's some particularly impressive black humour such as "Show a little respect for the dead man, and get yer arse off the coffin!".

What really lets this film down is the music. The film opens with a totally inappropriate upbeat, Chas & Dave-style, Cockney knees up theme tune (complete with lyrics such as: Burke and Hare, Beware of them, Burke and Hare, The pair of `em, Out to snatch, Your body from you!). The film is also peppered with Carry On-style incidental music that completely ruins the atmosphere.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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With opening music from Liverpool's finest "The Scaffold" my heart sunk. The music doesn't fit in with the film at all. Sounds like the Liverpudlian characters from Harry Enfield's show singing the opening song Burchhh & Air, Burchhh & Air.

It's all well-acted but very much a B movie. There's a total cacophony of accents, I never realised 19th Century Edinburgh was so English. Or that William Hare had changed his nationality to English & his name to Tom. I was under the impression Burke & Hare were both Irishmen & both called William. First but biggest mistake.

It's definitely not historically accurate, far too sanitised. From a real Scotsman's point of view the accents are atrocious, BUT as a B Movie it's not too bad. There's the usual 70's titillation in the form of Francoise Pascal & Yutte Stensgaard topless in a few scenes. 19th Century Edinburgh is a touch too clean as it was known as Auld Reekie at this time. Don't expect an Oscar winning film think more a poor man's Hammer Horror & you won't go too far wrong. All in all it' not a bad film, just let down by the bad accents. Quite enjoyable for it genre
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Confessions of a Resurrectionist 24 Feb 2013
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
1972's Burke and Hare is a schizophrenic British exploitation film that can't seem to make up its mind whether it's a comedy about the infamous suppliers of fresh - very fresh - cadavers to 19th Century Scottish surgeons or a sex comedy set in a brothel where a young medical student (Robin Tucker) falls in love with the new girl (Francoise Pascal), a kind of Confessions of a Resurrectionist or Carry On Snatching. It takes ages for the two plot strands to collide, giving the feeling of producer Guido Cohen cutting his losses and combining two half-completed scripts and topping it off with a pre-Chas'n'Dave pub singalong title song from The Scaffold ("They'll find you - they're behind you!/Take care, they're out to rape you/They're out to drape you/With white"). Most of Cohen's movies were quota quickies, the kind of uninspired fare aimed at the bottom half of a double-bill to fulfil UK cinemas' legal obligation to show a set percentage of British films each year, and while Burke and Hare was the lead attraction this time round and has somewhat more decent production values than you'd expect despite the obviously low budget, it still has the feel of something you sit through while you're waiting for the picture you really came to see start.

Derren Nesbitt, the only Thunderbird puppet to make a go of a live-action career before unfortunately mistaking his wife for a whipping post made him unemployable outside of soft porn for much of the 70s, and Glynn `Dave the barman off of Minder' Edwards are the two Irish immigrants in Edinburgh who stumble accidentally into the body selling business when a lodger dies without paying his rent and no-one seems interested in claiming his body.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Burke & Hare [Blu-ray] [1972] [US Import] 6 Oct 2012
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Derren Nesbitt and Glynn Edwards are Burke and Hare in this 1972 telling of the famous duo.This versions definitely got one foot in the sexploitation arena though as so much time is spent in the local brothel to up the onscreen nudity quota,but when it's coming from the likes of Yutte Stensgaard and Francoise Pascal you can't complain too much.If your expecting a straight horror though your going to be disappointed at the films distractions from the story.

This Redemption U.S Blu-Ray has a very nice transfer,it knocks the socks off the uk dvd release i own.There were a couple of instances of weird flickering for a minute or so but it didn't interfere to much,just slightly annoying.
Extras start with a very quick interview with Francoise Pascal which really should have been much longer considering she seems quite relaxed and eager to talk about her career.Perhaps there was an intention to put a longer interview on another release(Iron Rose?)A 12 minute look at Burke and Hare and fetishizing Corpses from an Aussie goth doctor round out the extras.This Blu-Ray is not region free.
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