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5.0 out of 5 stars No women will be admitted alone!
Gaudy and lurid Corruption gets the deluxe treatment from Grindhouse. Cushing plays a lauded surgeon with trophy model fiance. While arguing with nasty photographer (Tony Booth) Cushing manages to disfigure his intended with a falling spotlight that burns her face badly. The tale spins along all Eyes Without a Face as Cushing is forced to butcher young girls to harvest...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only one version plays
When i press play on my dvd it does not give me a choice of which version i wont to watch it just plays the softer version and not the continental version, has anyone else experience this and does anyone no how to get the other version to play or maybe i have a faulty dvd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No women will be admitted alone!, 22 Oct 2013
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Gaudy and lurid Corruption gets the deluxe treatment from Grindhouse. Cushing plays a lauded surgeon with trophy model fiance. While arguing with nasty photographer (Tony Booth) Cushing manages to disfigure his intended with a falling spotlight that burns her face badly. The tale spins along all Eyes Without a Face as Cushing is forced to butcher young girls to harvest a gland that restores his increasingly conniving lady's good looks. A final reel showdown with a gang of the bizarrest psychos consisting of Austin Powers, Sergeant Pepper and one genuine ex Eastender descends into a frenzied finale of death and laser beam carnage.

Generally regarded as a bit of a hack, director Robert Hartford-Davis was responsible for several fun Brit horrors like The Black Torment [DVD], Blood Suckers [DVD] and the incredible The Fiend [Uncut] DVD [1972]. OK so he's not Michael Reeves but Corruption is his Witchfinder General. British smut supremo Derek Ford wrote the screenplay with his brother Donald.

Filmed in various export versions Corruption will probably have Hammer purists slack jawed in disbelief at the sight of their beloved Peter Cushing, hair wildly messed, smearing blood over topless corpses and stabbing various dolly birds up. The rest of us can enjoy an unrelentingly entertaining late 60's proto slasher which finaly delivers everything it's lurid posters promised.

The transfer is spectacular with vibrant colours and detail so fine that you can see Cushing's five o'clock shadow. The blu-ray offers a choice between the softer Theatrical version and the Export version. Both are legitimate edits and contain exclusive scenes but you know which one you're going to watch first. This is a combo BD/DVD but a word of warning, the DVD contains the theatrical cut only. There's a great set of extras including recent cast interviews and an audio of Cushing from 1974 where he discusses his dislike of modern horror and comments how Americans are childish! Amazing!

Both discs have no region coding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing release of a superb Brit-shocker, 9 Nov 2013
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Isn't it a shame that in the UK we have to wait for companies in the US to release definitive versions of our own classic Brit cult movies?
This film has long been unavailable in the UK. I believe it had a single showing on ITV in the late seventies, and has never been heard of since. Various bootlegs have shown up of course, and a few foreign releases have appeared, but have been cut.

But now, we have this Blu-Ray, and what a superb package it is.

The film itself is available as the normal release as seen in UK cinemas ( which was trimmed of some of the more violent imagery ), as well as the very nasty Euro cut of the film, which has an incredibly strong murder sequence of a prostitute, and is quite shocking for a film made in 1967.

The picture quality is simply gorgeous on this release. The film is bright and bold, and blemish free. Amazing that something shot cheaply over 40 years ago can look like it was filmed yesterday.

Also in the package are a load of wonderful extras, with commentaries and interviews with some of the surviving cast, and a large collection of promotional trailers and poster art material.

A truly superb release of a forgotten classic of nasty UK independent cinema.

I give this 10 out of 10.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Film Review Only., 15 Oct 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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The things we do for love!

Corruption is directed by Robert Hartford-Davis and written by Derek and Donald Ford. It stars Peter Cushing, Sue Lloyd, Noel Trevarthen, Kate O'Mara and David Lodge. Music is by Bill McGuffie and cinematography by Peter Newbrook.

When an accident badly scars the face of his young fiancée, skilled surgeon Sir John Rowan (Cushing) discovers a way to restore her face to normal by using a serum derived out of the pituitary gland. Unfortunately the treatment is only successful for a short period of time, and so the doctor is sent on a murderous spree of gland harvesting so as to keep his betrothed beautiful.

Heads you win...

I wasn't sure if I had been dreaming the other night? I found myself in the swanky and swinging 1960s, where mini-skirts and energetic dancing was the norm. Into this garishly flecked world was Peter Cushing as a mad surgeon type, cutting off heads, wrestling with naked women, hanging around with prostitutes. He has got a trophy wife, where Sue Lloyd is 26 years Peter's junior, and Sue is playing a conniving - come - psychotic - bitch. There was even some sort of bonkers laser weapon, and a home invasion sequence where carnage ensues, and all around is the faint whiff of Guignol excess, but the delirium is disgustingly enjoyable. A corruption of the soul most pleasing...

But I did have a touch of influenza, dosed up to eyeballs with medicine and grain mash liquor, so I'm sure it was all a dream/nightmare/hallucination. But then again maybe not? 7/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Corruption UNCUT REGION FREE Blu ray review, 23 Nov 2013
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Anyone approaching Corruption and expecting an unhinged, excessive and tasteless sleezefest of a movie may well be suprised at how it all plays out. Despite the lurid subject matter, exploitative poster art and air of mystery surrounding the title with rumours of added nudity and ultra-violence in the rarely seen international cut, Corruption suprisingly turns out to be a rather well crafted and classy potboiler set to the lively and colourful backdrop of swinging 60s London. Mixing elements of Frankenstein, Jack The Ripper and a whole plot device from Georges Franju's 1960 helmed effort Eyes Without A Face, Corruption includes many underlying themes concerning guilt, manipulation and ultimatly murder.
The legendary Peter Cushing stars as Sir John Rowan, a brilliant and well respected surgeon who also happens to have a beautiful and obviously much younger top London model fiancee Lynn(Sue Lloyd)hanging off his arm with whom he is clearly infatuated.Jealousy takes over Sir John at a wild party thrown by Lynn's photographer and possible ex(Anthony Booth)at his swish studio after Lynn is urged into an impromptu photo shoot which in Sir Johns conservative mind goes to far. The result is a fight between Sir John and the photographer that accidently knocks a hot spot light onto Lynn badly burning her right cheek and scarring her for life. Overcome with guilt and remorse for his actions the good doctor researches how to restore living tissue naturally to its former glory. After experiments involving Guinea Pigs Sir John concludes it is possible through the use of laser technology and the transplant of pituitary glands from a human host. After a first failed attempt involving a pillaged gland taken from a week old corpse in the hospital mortuary, Sir John figures that the removed gland must come from a fresh living donor in order for the experiment to work. And so begins the cycle of murder as it seems even with fresh organs the effect is only for short periods with Lynn's visage returning to its scarred state forcing Sir John into a difficult dilemma, carry on the killing or lose the women he so dealy adores. Although the extemely professional doctor could be looked upon as the villan of the piece it is Lynn's mercyless demands constantly urging on her devoted lover to perform the unspeackable acts all in the name of vanity.
Beautifully made and finely acted, Corruption is fueled by a spellbinding central performance from Cushing despite this being the film that divided his many fans and which he described himself as "gratuitously violent and fearfully sick". Whether it be the fish out of water refind gent at a raunchy swinging 60s party, losing his rag with Lynn's sister(Kate O'Mara)when she disturbs his research or as the wild haired guilt stricken killer with piercing blue eyes and hypnotic stare, Cushing plays the part with utter conviction. It is also a rare contempory outing for Cushing making this a unique chance to see the gentleman of horror in a modern day movie environment. For all Cushings greatness though you simply cannot ignore Sue Lloyd's wonderful performance as the vane an manipulative Lynn. The film looks great too justaposing the city streets of London with the georgeous English coastline to terrific effect. There are a couple of points that really stop this from being a complete classic though. Corruption builds up a fantastic atmosphere and sence of suspence up until the ending where the film makers seemed to run out of ideas of how to bring the movie to a conclusion with the final twenty minutes or so changing pace completely with arrival of some new characters which turns the film into a kind of insane home invasion flick. The musical score too could be described as an aquired taste with the wild jazzy score often overpowering certain scenes and appearing a little out of context for the movie where a more classical horror style theme would have been far more appropriate. That said Corruption is an extremely interesting film and not just because of its obscurity. The much talked about scenes of extreme violence are indeed repugnent and brutal especially when you consider the era this film was produced and although they are nowhere near as strong as the movies of today its hard to believe how this would have been recieved over forty years ago. Also forgoing the final twenty minutes the film remains very serious in tone in what could have been a campy sci-fi horror movie(indeed the alternate title of The Laser Killer could have sold it as so)but Corruption retains a hard edged tone during the more extreme moments because of this meaning that it feels less quaint and far more ahead of its time compared to other horror movies of the same era and stands up well enough today. Corruption really is a blast and it thoroughly enjoyable from start to wacky finish.The problems outlined above dont completely de-rail the film but do remove some of the intended impact and tension but it is fair to say that the laser blasting finale has to be one of the most bizzare endings in British horror history.

Pretty much impossible to see on any format with a Spanish DVD of the softer UK version being the only way outside of blurry bootlegs of a third generation French VHS tape. It does seem though that Grindhouse have performed some sort of miracle with their AVC encoded 1080p transfers of both cuts as Corruption looks outstabding here on Blu ray. Framed at the correct aspect ratio 1.85:1 it is simply unbelievable that a late 60s virtually forgotten Brit horror film can look as strong as it does here. As with the equally impressive Hammer titles from Studio Canal, Corruption doesent look like a new movie shot last week and nor should it but what it does possess is that wonderfully authentic 60s grit and grain and feels akin to how this probably would have looked on the big screen some forty years ago. The transfer retains a strong filmic appearance with fantastic clarity pulling out plenty of detail and textures whether it be on clothing, furnishings, faces, make up effects or grue. Depth is apparent in a number of scenes and black levels are mostly good while never being completely inky. Colours really shine through and look impeccable literally bursting off the screen during the party scene whilst also looking natural and realistic for the outdoor segments with the deep blue skys set against the colourful flowers in the garden and the greens of the seaweed encrusted rocks on the beach. Film grain is present and looks natural and inkeeping with source and the print utilised here looks to be in great shape with little to no damage and no digital manipulation. A superb and class leading HD restoration of a hard to see 60s title and a big thumbs up to Grindhouse.

Grindhouse remain authentic to the orginal sound design and have presented Corruption with a single channel lossless DTS HD MA 1.0 mix of the original monaural soundtrack. Despite a low bitrate this is an impressive presentation. Dialogue is mostly clean and clear and effects feature plenty of heft. Music reprodution is incredibly forceful with plenty of frontal push through the centre channel and a pounding low end from the subwoofer. Environmental effects in the films later outdoor sections sound natural and realistic with sound of a distant peacock call sounding almost stereophonic. This is a good example of how strong even a simple mono mix can sound given the lossless treatment.

Grindhouse were always known for producing great extras for obscure and often dubious titles and they dont disappoint here with a truely extensive set of suppliments starting off with an extremely thorogh audio commentary with English Gothic author Jonathan Rigby and Peter Cushing biographer David Miller. Both gentlemen offer a wealth of prodution and cast information and disect the movie with plenty of knowledge and good humour. Next up is a collection of interviews all in HD with stars Billy Murray, Jan Waters(who played the prostitute in the UK version) and Wendy Varnels. Also included is an audio only interview with Peter Cushing recorded in 1974. This is a fairly laid back interview with Cushing talking about his view on horror cinema at the time. Next up is a selection of alternate scenes from the infamous prostitute murder and to round off this great set here is a host of theatrical trailers, a director biography and an extensive still and photo gallery.

It is blatently obvious for the almost Criterianesque treatmet the newly reformed Grindhouse releasing have graced this delux limited edition with that someone obviously holds this often talked about but rarely seen title close to their heart. The inclusion of both cuts of Corruption in fantastic HD restorations plus a plethora of supplemental material really sweetens the deal making this an essential purchase for those out there who really dig this style of movie and as its in limited supply with the risk of prices going sky high I recommend you add this to your Amazon cart before it goes out of print. Highly recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Cushing As You've Never Seen Him Before..., 9 Jan 2014
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Chip Kaufmann (Asheville, NC United States) - See all my reviews
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...or may ever want to see him again. 1968's CORRUPTION is surely the most uncharacteristic movie Cushing ever made. Not that he isn't his usual dignified self, it's just that every thing around him seems so whacked out. Actually it's vice-versa. This is Swinging London ca. 1967 and in this enviornment Cushing seems as out of place as prime rib at a vegan restaurant. That contrast is what gives CORRUPTION its fascination but it remains a difficult film for long time fans of the actor to sit through. That doesn't make it a bad film just an unpleasant one. The plot is basically a rehash of the famous 1959 French shocker LES YEUX SANS VISAGE (Eyes Without A Face) in which a plastic surgeon desperately attempts to repair his daughter's hideously scarred face. In CORRUPTION instead of his daughter it's Cushing's beautiful much younger wife (Sue Lloyd) who needs the repair job. After the initial skin graft doesn't work Cushing is forced to go out and murder women for fresh grafts. Soon the younger wife has younger companions and this eventually leads to a wild finish with an out-of-control laser.

Watching CORRUPTION again after 3 years, in lieu of the new Blu Ray/DVD release and after watching countless British horror movies, I discovered what a really remarkable film it is from a technical standpoint. As another reviewer points out in greater detail, the film is beautifully photographed and the compositions of the shots themselves (ie. what's in the frame) are rather striking. D.O.P. Peter Newbrook would go on to photograph CRUCIBLE OF TERROR (1971) and direct THE ASPHYX (1973). The new release gives you the choice of the 1968 Columbia Pictures version that played in English speaking countries or the "uncut" European/Japanese version which features additional gore and nudity. Since this year marks the 100th anniversary of Cushing's birth, the release of CORRUPTION now means that virtually all of his major movies are now available in a digital format. This Grindhouse release cannot be faulted as it contains loads of extras as well as both versions of the film. It's now up to you as to whether you want to see it. The 4 star rating is for the packaging, not the content. The poster (for the uncut version) says it all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally on DVD, 16 Nov 2013
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A. Griffiths "Adrian" (London) - See all my reviews
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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.

So what does work well? Well the performances, as I mentioned before, and this goes for most opt the rest of the cast too. Again to mention Peter Cushing, his most startling scenes are those in which he attacks and murders the female victims of the movie. Theres aren't many but seeing this mild mannered man observe, stalk, and finally attack his prey is very unsettling. Theres not a lot of overt gore in the film, but the scene on the train is effective even without it, as the sense of peril for the female passenger is quite well realised, and it's a nasty scene. Actually what bloodshed there is in this scene is actually pretty badly done!

Now for the most notorious part of the whole film: the scene in which Peter Cushing murders a prostitute. In the UK cinema release,, and in all the late night TV showings throughout the last 3 decades, we saw Cushing meet up with and kill a very chirpy Cockney "call-girl" who spent the entire scene wearing a pink fluffy bathrobe and died with almost no bloodshed or violence shown on the screen. Well, Grindhouse have done the impossible and unearthed the alternative footage that was only shown in some more tolerant Eurpoean and far Eastern countries at the time. In the alternative version, the whole scene was re-filmed using a different actress as the prostitute, with the bathrobe off so she is topless , and gore and violence in abundance! On the Grindhouse release, you get the choice of which version you'd like to see when you start the film. Let me say now that the difference is quite shocking. The "strong version" of this scene is outrageously sleazy. It leaves you in no doubt about what a horrible thing Peter Cushing's character is actually having to do. Quite an eye-opener.

Oddly, it's almost a shame that this murder was filmed separately, as it makes neither version of the film definitive. The "mild" version actually fits better with the overall tone of the film because the actress playing the prostitute can actually act and she is great. It also is much cleverer at setting up the actual kill scene, and it's pretty realistic, even if completely bloodless. On the other hand, the actress in the "strong" version is terrible, she makes a real mess of reading her lines (there are hardly any, the scene plays differently). You can't argue with the fact that it's very violent, but even this does make it feel quite different from the rest of the movie. The quality is great though, there's no difference between the two scenes in terms of technical terms, which is a great job on behalf of Grindhouse who were able to find this footage intact.

Anyway, that's the biggest news about this release, and it's really the answer to a fan's prayers. Corruption is a nasty, rotten story with nothing nice happening to anyone in it - and that's just the way it's supposed to be! Effective as much for the performances as the sick story, reviled at the time, rediscovered now, you could do a lot worse than to pick up a copy of this!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Corruption Blu-ray dvd review, 14 Nov 2013
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Please note that I have given four stars for the film and Blu-ray disc only and not for the dvd disc for the following reason. There is a problem with the dvd disc when you press play it does not give a choice of which version of the film you won't to watch it just plays the softer version and not the strong continental version. I have tried the dvd disc on my dvd player on my Computer and on my Blu-ray player but no luck there is no strong continental version on the dvd disc itself it is missing. There are no problems with the Blu-ray disc as it lets you play both versions and the picture and sound are great I just wish the dvd had both versions on it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only one version plays, 22 Oct 2013
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When i press play on my dvd it does not give me a choice of which version i wont to watch it just plays the softer version and not the continental version, has anyone else experience this and does anyone no how to get the other version to play or maybe i have a faulty dvd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Corruption = WOW, 1 April 2014
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Not only is the Grindhouse releasing version region free it also looks stunning rammed full of extras you also get a reversible Rick Melton art cover buy it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic release from Grindhouse., 12 Mar 2014
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Watched this last night and wow! picture scanned at 2k is simply wonderful.
Viewed on a 59" it was incredible. Whole heap of trailers for other Grindhouse releases too.
Funny seeing Peter Cushing having a right old snog is amusing. The international release in the set is very graphic.
Worth every penny.
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