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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

Corruption aka Carnage [Blu-ray]

 

(Robert Hartford-Davis, 1968)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Oakshire Productions

Video: Grindhouse Releasing

 

Disc:

Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:31:23.519 (US / UK version / 130:30 International version)

Disc Size: 48,801,493,162 bytes

Feature Size: 18,950,387,712 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Chapters: 32

Case: Transparent Blu-ray case

Release date: October 8th, 2013

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 823 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 823 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Music and Effects : Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

 

Subtitles:

None

 

Extras:

• Interviews with stars Wendy Varnals (16:07), Billy Murray (13:38), Jan Waters (9:08) and Peter Cushing (7:14 - audio only)
Audio commentary by acclaimed UK horror journalist Jonathan Rigby and Peter Cushing biographer David Miller
Isolated music and effects track
Liner notes by Allan Bryce, editor of the celebrated British horror magazine THE DARK SIDE
Extensive still galleries, trailers (2:06 + 1:49), 5 TV spots (2:50 in total) and 2 radio spots (1:30)

• 4 Alternate Scenes (3:48)
The original annotated director's shooting script and production notes
Shocking reversible cover with original art by notorious illustrator Rick Melton
Grindhouse Releasing previews of 16 coming attractions

DVD of the feature

 

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Description: Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present the FIRST-EVER U.S. home video release of the wildest, sickest and sleaziest swinging-sixties British horror thriller -CORRUPTION. The legendary Peter Cushing stars as a surgeon driven to murder and madness as he attempts to restore the beauty of his hideously disfigured fashion model wife. Co-starring Sue Lloyd and Hammer Horror beauty Kate O'Mara (THE VAMPIRE LOVERS). This special edition contains shocking scenes of GORE and NUDITY previously deemed too strong for American audiences.

 

 

The Film:

A guilt-ridden plastic surgeon becomes murderously obsessed with restoring the beautiful face of his fashion-model fiancée in this horror film. It was he, in a jealous rage, who accidentally disfigured her, when he burst into a photography session, got into a fight with the cameraman and ended up burning her face with a hot lamp. Now, desperate to restore her, he begins harvesting the pituitary glands and the facial skin (removed with a laser) from the severed heads of prostitutes and using them on her wounded face. It works, but they pay a price and both become increasingly insane because the "beauty treatment" is only temporary. The promo posters for the film advertised "This Is Not a Woman's Picture! No women will be allowed in alone!

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

Peter Cushing has played his fair share of mad scientists over the years but none of them have been as ill-prepared for the consequences of their experiments as Sir John Rowan, the surgeon he plays in Corruption (1968, aka Carnage aka Laser Killer). A highly derivative horror thriller that borrows heavily from Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face [1960], Jess Franco's The Awful Doctor Orloff [1962] and others of its ilk, the movie follows the misadventures of a doctor who is exploring experimental skin graft surgery techniques using pituitary glands. When his fashion model girlfriend Lynn (Sue Lloyd) is severely burned and permanently scarred by a high intensity photographer's lamp during a drunken shuffle.

Excerpt from TCM located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Firstly, Grindhouse Releasing have included both the US/UK version and the, slightly shorter, 'International' version of Corruption (Carnage.) These are not seamlessly-branched and take up about 20 Gig apiece on the dual-layered disc. They have very similar quality and we have only reviewed the longer US/UK version.

 

 

As the Blu-ray screen captures indicate the image quality seems superior to SD and showcasing brighter, psychedelic colors (from the party early in the film, outdoor greens as well as Cushing's blue eyes), decent contrast and occasional depth. It's not 'brilliant' but the visuals are solid and they offer some positives for the 45-year old film. The source seems in decent shape, fairly clean and there are some textures are present. By modern standards we don't have a particularly dynamic video but I suspect this Blu-ray probably looks like the original 1.85:1 film and it advances beyond the SD, second disc - a DVD, enclosed in the package. NOTE: This has never had a digital release of any kind before now, to my knowledge.

 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio :

Grindhouse Releasing stay authentic with a DTS-HD Master 1.0 channel mono track at 823 kbps. There are some effects and screams have power and depth. The score is by Bill McGuffie and is fairly unremarkable but the swinging 60's music subtle hints add to the mystique. You may access an isolated music and effects track in standard 2.0 channel Dolby.  There are no subtitles offered but dialogue is clear and clean. and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

 

Extras :

Grindhouse never scrimp on the supplements and there are a bunch here with many new entries. Firstly there is an audio commentary by acclaimed UK horror journalist Jonathan Rigby and Cushing biographer David Miller. It is on bother versions and covers a lot, notably about Cushing, but other production details as well. Quite good and their Brit accents are not too thick. There are also new interviews with stars Wendy Varnals (16:07), Billy Murray (13:38), Jan Waters (9:08) and a shorter audio only piece with Peter Cushing. There are 4 Alternate Scenes included and extensive still galleries, trailers (2:06 + 1:49), 5 TV spots (2:50 in total) and 2 radio spots (1:30). As we noted above you may access an isolated music and effects track and there are Grindhouse Releasing previews of 16 coming attractions! The package offers reversible cover with original art by notorious illustrator Rick Melton and liner notes by Allan Bryce, editor of the celebrated British horror magazine THE DARK SIDE. A second disc DVD is included in the transparent case.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
This film has a bad rap, most probably for pushing the envelope in regards to the gruesome, shocking visuals - that still have head-turning impact today. Peter Cushing (it would have been his 100th birthday this year!) is excellent and, while the film doesn't travel in the directions I was hoping, it still has a solid concept and tells a creepy story with a suspense pace. It's a pretty rare-bird and may have appeal from that standpoint alone.  Grindhouse Releasing continue with very complete Blu-ray packages of lesser-seen films, just like this. fans of the horror genre, Cushing or British films of the late 60's - will probably appreciate Corruption. Despite any misgivings about this 1080P - with all that is put into it - we see plenty of value and recommend!  

Gary Tooze

September 28th, 2013

 

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.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

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