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Burke and Hare [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Tim Curry, Simon Pegg, Isla Fisher, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis
  • Directors: John Landis
  • Producers: Barnaby Thompson
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Feb. 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004E10JH0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,381 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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John Landis directs this British black-comedy horror based on the real-life exploits of Irish murderers William Burke and William Hare. In the early 19th century, Burke (Simon Pegg) and Hare (Andy Serkis) decide to exploit a lucrative gap in the market by providing Edinburgh's world-renowned medical school with fresh cadavers for its research. Their methods of procuring the bodies, however, are unconventional to say the least. Christopher Lee, Isla Fisher, Tom Wilkinson and Jenny Agutter co-star.

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John Landis' Burke and Hare takes us back to Edinburgh in 1828, where life is cheap but the price skyrockets when you die. As Bill Bailey's genial hangman breezily fills us in on the historical background while he's preparing to execute an elderly and decrepit whore, it's the time of the Scottish Enlightenment and the city has become the medical capital of the world, but the path of scientific progress is hindered by the lack of fresh bodies to dissect. Things get even worse when Dr Alexander Monroe (Tim Curry) gets the monopoly on the bodies of the hanged, forcing Dr Robert Knox (Tom Wilkinson) to more drastic measures. Enter genial lowlife conmen Burke and Hare (Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis, both sporting credible Irish brogues) who, after failing miserably at grave robbing, decide to take a more hands on approach to the supply-and-demand problem...

The subject of many a horror film, Landis and the revived Ealing Studios take their lead more from the studio's classic black comedies like Kind Hearts and Coronets and The Ladykillers than Hammer (though Landis is enough of a buff to more than just doff his cap in their direction), updated with plenty of talk of business models and swipes at society's hypocrisy as our evil Laurel and Hardy ply their trade. Burke's romance with Isla Fisher's actress/working girl looking for a backer for her all-female version of MacBeth doesn't really add much to the mix beyond giving him the opportunity to fob off her queries about where he gets his money from with "I'm in surgical supplies," but the film is brisk and breezy enough to never outstay its welcome and manages to pull off turning a pair of `Irish psychopaths' into romantic heroes of a sort in a feelgood comedy.
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Having really enjoyed Paul The Movie, I found this mildly disappointing.

The plot is that the titular Burke and Hare are down on their luck in 19th century Edinburgh, United Kingdom, where a new law means that Dr Know cannot get cadavers for his anatomy class. Through a series of contrivances, our "heroes" wind up murdering people and selling their bodies before the law catches up with them.

The cast is strong: in addition to Simon Pegg, there is Tim Curry, Isla Fisher (who looks very hot), Bill Bailey, Hugh Bonneville, Ronnie Corbett, Stephen Merchant, Paul Whitehouse... you get the idea. Best of British.

There are two problems with this movie. The first is the "comedy" tag. There were instances where I smiled, but there were no belly laughs.

The second is the ending. Accepting that this is not a historically accurate film, the ending was disappointing because all of the worst villains got away whilst the "hero-villain" sacrificed himself for an ideal that never existed.

The sex scenes mean that this is unsuitable for children, but the characters don't have enough depth to generate the tension necessary to grip and adult. Ultimately this was an average film that you will watch once, and then never again.
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John Landis did his best in the 70/80ies. Here he's back, partially with his past talent, but not enough to turn this brilliant gothic subject into a memorable Landis film. Too bad, because the pieces were all there. It's just that he was not so good at putting them together well.
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If you are looking for a true history of burke and hare then this might not be the film for you; but if you are looking for a humourous romp around scotland touching on parts of their most gruesome history then this is the film for you. With faces like Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, and Ronnie Corbett you can't go wrong and this is true for this film. Hilarious from start to finish and a little bit gory in the middle its a great portryal of the history of science, grave robbing and murder.
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Being fond of Simon pegg films I expected this to be of his normal calibre but was massively disappointed, to be honest the story never went anywhere Isla fisher was terrible in it, and Simon pegg just never roused any laughs I fell asleep near the end as it just wasn't funny!!!! wait till it comes out on t.v its not worth any amount of money massively disappointing.
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A real mix of reviews for this and I think I'm somewhere in the middle.

It isn't 'outrageously funny' as it says on the case. I always think it's a bit of a mistake to big up films in this way, or well, anything really; just like someone I once worked with who kept on and on about how amazing looking her husband was. He wasn't. You set yourself up for a bit of a fall. 'Side-splittingly uproarious' is another I've seen. It wasn't.

This was a good fun 'romp' of a film; great cast, authentic looking sets and costumes and a lot of gruesome shennanigans thrown in for good measure. I've never been too sure of Simon Pegg as a film actor-I primarily remember him from Spaced and that seemed to fit him quite well-he always seems a little out of his depth on film, but he isn't bad. Andy Serkis too...hmmm...always thought he overacted a tad until I saw him in Little Dorrit where he was quite good, and he was actually pretty good in this too; well, he didn't annoy me like he did as Lumpy the Cook in King Kong...

It is a real who's who of British actors and I did like people such as Christopher Lee popping up and Ronnie Corbett. Tom Wilkinson and Hugh Bonneville were good too and Isla Fisher was pretty convincing seeing as the only thing I've seen her in was Home and Away about 100 years ago.

So, not bad at all - we did laugh out loud at some things and the 'bedroom' scene is pretty funny too. Well worth watching if you don't take it too seriously.
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