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The Blood Beast Terror [Blu-ray]


(Vernon Sewell, 1968)

Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray LEFT vs. Odeon Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT



Tigon had a relatively small output (producing films from 1967-73) with modest budgets but are best remembered for its horror films, directly competing for audiences with Hammer and Amicus. They eventually drifted into distributing, mostly, sexploitation films.

Zeta One (1969)

The Blood Beast Terror (1968)

Witchfinder General


Curse of the Crimson Altar


The Blood on Satan's Claw


Hannie Caulder


Au Pair Girls (1972)


Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Tigon British Film Productions

Video: Redemption/Kino / Odeon Entertainment (UK)



Region: 'A'  / Region 'B' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:27:57.303 / 1:27:31.041

Disc Size: 21,827,804,460 bytes / 22,140,566,395 bytes

Feature Size: 19,199,646,336 bytes / 20,275,402,752 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.05 Mbps / 26.00 Mbps

Chapters: 10

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: July 17th, 2012 / October 22nd, 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

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Commentary: LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit


Subtitles (both):




• 5 Trailers

Stills Gallery


• Commentary by Jonathan Rigby and David Miller

• Interview with Wanda Ventham (25:58)

• Gallery (2:00)

• Trailer (2:19)



Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray TOP vs. Odeon Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM




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!



The Film:

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.


Despite the similar single-layered transfer with same bitrate - there are some minor differences in color between the two releases. The Odeon has cooler flesh tones and a bit earthier palette but I can't say which is more correct. You'd have to be quite discerning to quibble over the differences, I think.




Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray TOP vs. Odeon Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM



Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray TOP vs. Odeon Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM



Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray TOP vs. Odeon Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM



Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray TOP vs. Odeon Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM



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Audio :

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.


Duplicate audio on the Odeon - a linear PCM at 1536 kbps. It also offers no subtitles.


Extras :

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.


Odeon gives us a nice commentary with Jonathan Rigby (author of Studies in Terror: Landmarks of Horror Cinema) and David Miller (author of The Peter Cushing Companion) who provide some keen information on the production as well as Cushing and some of the other stars. There is also a 25-miniye interview with Wanda Ventham (Clare Mallinger in the film). She discusses her career as ell as The Blood Beast Terror. There is also a trailer and stills gallery.


Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray LEFT vs. Odeon Entertainment - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT



Sure it's not Hammer and there is a lot wrong with The Blood Beast Terror but Cushing and the atmosphere can make up for the wonky effects and mismanaged plot swings. I got into this a bit despite the weaknesses. The bare-bones Blu-ray offers a decent a/v representation but only those with strong genre leanings need indulge.


Tough call as the Odeon offer the superior extras but the cost (at present) is significantly higher. I'd suggest waiting and hoping the Odeon comes down in price or 'on-sale' at some point. But if you are keen to just see the film - get the Kino. 

Gary Tooze

July 11th, 2012

April 21st, 2014



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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