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Corruption aka Carnage [Blu-ray]
(Robert Hartford-Davis, 1968)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Oakshire Productions
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
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: October 8th, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
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
• Interviews with stars Wendy Varnals (16:07), Billy Murray
Waters (9:08) and Peter Cushing (7:14 - audio only)
• 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
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.
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 , Jess Franco's The Awful Doctor Orloff  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.
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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.
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.
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.
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