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The Blood Beast Terror [Blu-ray]
(Vernon Sewell, 1968)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Tigon British Film Productions
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 21,827,804,460 bytes
Feature Size: 19,199,646,336 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.05 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: July 17th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
• 5 Trailers
Description: Peter Cushing (Star Wars) and Robert Flemyng (Battle of Britain) star in this classic horror film. A crazed etymologist is dabbling in gruesome experiments that are turning his beautiful daughter into a vampire-beast with an insatiable lust for blood! From Cushing's investigations of the opening atrocities to the fieryfinale--this gory thriller from legendary director Vernon Sewell (Ghost Ship) is definitely not for the squeamish!
Tacky, indifferently acted horrors involving a weremoth (Ventham, who metamorphoses into a giant death's head) loose in rural England. Flemyng is the loony entomologist, Cushing the cop investigating a series of murders.Excerpt from TimreOut located HERE
Set in mid-19th century England, THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR stars Robert Flemyng as Prof. Mallinger, a somewhat daffy entomologist whose daughter changes herself into a giant moth that needs human blood to survive. In a rather odd attempt to thwart his daughter's assault on the entire village, he tries to create another mega-moth for her to play with. Peter Cushing plays a Scotland Yard inspector sent to solve the perplexing murders. This silly mad scientist drama is undone by an incompetent production team which utterly fails to persuade an audience to suspend their disbelief of the outlandish concept. Poor Cushing gives it the old college try, but even he can't overcome the film's fundamental flaws.Excerpt from TV GuIde located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Blood Beast Terror looks pretty solid on Blu-ray from Kino. It's single-layered with a decent bitrate. There are hints of depth but nothing notable. Colors seem brighter and truer than SD could relate and contrast exhibits reasonable black levels without any predominance of noise. Daylight scenes are bright but most of the film is shot at night locales or dark interiors. This Blu-ray has a consistency and I'll wager it won't look significantly better in the upcoming British 1080P edition. This is in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio.
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Redemption offer a linear PCM 2.0 channel track at 1536 kbps that does the job well enough. The effects have some aggressive depth but nothing extravagant. Paul Ferris' score seems standard fare for a Brit horror. Nothing to strongly extol but I'll wager this is a decent representation of the original. There are no subtitles.My Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked with an Odeon Release coming out of the UK later this year.
More or less 'nothing' with a handful of like trailers and a Stills Gallery. With the film being what it is I can't imagine much discussion would be forthcoming.
July 11th, 2012
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Gary W. Tooze
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