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UK DVD Is Uncut!
on 6 October 2014
Given some of the reviews already posted I wasn't sure whether to purchase this UK release. The picture on the Amazon page shows a 'PG' Rating, the same as the Australian rating in the Boris Karloff box-set I previously bought.
I know the VHS release had a higher rating but I took the chance and am happy to say that this 'Horror Classics' DVD is actually a '15' certificate and as such IS the uncut version. All the more contentious scenes are here in their full glory, unlike the Australian and US release which watered them down and so greatly reduced the impact.
I'm not saying violence is the be-all and end-all, merely that we as buyers have the right to watch films the way the director wanted us to see them. So rest assured if you're coming to the movie for the first time this release showcases 'Corridors of Blood' in its full UK theatrical version.
Unreleased for four years due to problems at MGM,and with a title change in the interim (it was originally 'The Doctor From Seven Dials'), the film benefits from an excellent cast and realistic period detail, particularly in the poor part of town (the Seven Dials area), which looks and feels extremely grim and filthy. In this respect it shares a similarity with the equally excellent 'The Flesh & The Fiends' (1959), which also boasted a genuine grimness that makes both movies feel far more gruesome than they actually are.
Of course, Boris Karloff is the star but Christopher Lee makes an unforgettable impression as Resurrection Joe, with his soft voice and scarred cheeks and top hat, Lee simply oozes screen prescence without actually doing much - always the mark of a quality actor - and his final scene will remain long in the memory, being a brilliant example of how to utilise small editorial touches (a little bit of slow-motion, clever use of sound etc.), to enhance the horror and leave you feeling that you've seen more than you actually have.
If you're a fan of Karloff and/or Lee or indeed British horror in general, I have no hesitation in recommending this movie. The picture quality perhaps isn't the best it could be, with a lot of marks and the old change-the-reel splodges in the top right hand corner still evident rather than digitally removed but the aspect ratio appears to be the correct one compared to other releases. The 50's was a golden era for British horror and this is one of the many high points. Enjoy.