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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

A Bucket of Blood [Blu-ray]

 

(Roger Corman, 1959)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Alta Vista Productions

Video: Film Detective

 

Disc:

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

Runtime: 1:05:24.003 

Disc Size: 19,201,442,411 bytes

Feature Size: 18,899,048,448 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Chapters: 8

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: November, 2015

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1560 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1560 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 /
48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

 

Subtitles:

English (yellow), none

 

Extras:

• None

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: A Bucket of Blood tells the story of Walter Paisley (Dick Miller) who, after accidentally killing his landlady's cat and covering the body in plaster to hide the evidence, is acclaimed as a brilliant sculptor. Walter finds himself resorting to the same methods to produce new work, and soon people start mysteriously disappearing. Not wanting to direct another conventional horror flick, Roger Corman and screenwriter Charles B. Griffith came up with the concept for this entertaining black comedy about bad artists and the hypocrisy of the art world at large.

 

 

The Film:

Walter Paisley, nerdy busboy at a Bohemian cafe is jealous of the talent (and popularity) of its various artistic regulars. But after accidentally killing his landlady's cat and covering the body in plaster to hide the evidence, he is acclaimed as a brilliant sculptor - but his new-found friends want to see more of his work. Lacking any artistic talent whatsoever, Walter has to resort to similar methods to produce new work, and soon people start mysteriously disappearing...

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

Corman's first full-blooded horror comedy was put in a class of its own by Charles Griffith's unusually witty script. Walter, hapless waiter in a Greenwich Village hangout, yearns to be as famous as the poets and musicians he serves endless coffee to. After a lucky break (straight out of Poe), he begins to make it as a prolific sculptor of gruesome corpses... Not surprisingly, the parody of the 'beat scene' (including a hilarious caricature of Allen Ginsberg) is closer to the truth than those attempted in many mainstream movies.

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE

 

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

Film Detective sent me a another of their new Blu-ray releases; Roger Corman's 1959's A Bucket of Blood with Dick Miller, Ed Nelson and a few cameos by Bert Convy (as Burt Convy) It is cited as 'hi-def restoration from 35MM archival film elements'. Technically, it is as adept as The Bat - 1080P, 23.976 fps, max'ed out bitrate, 1.85:1 AR, 24-bit audio - and we've compared three captures to the version in MGM's, 1.33:1, DVD set of The Roger Corman Collection! This is another, bare-bones, BD-R. The widescreen trims some empty headspace up top and is, more, accurate if a shade less sharp - and the HD transfer has some pleasing texture. Contrast improves over the greenish SD and the visuals are brighter.  I see no evidence of manipulation (perhaps a tinge of brightness boosting), DNR or noise - and I doubt this film ever looked crisp originally - this is possibly 'it' in terms of appearance. This Blu-ray provides an fairly clean and pleasing presentation in the higher resolution.  

 

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

 

 

1) MGM (Roger Corman Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Film Detective - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) MGM (Roger Corman Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Film Detective - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

1) MGM (Roger Corman Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Film Detective - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

More Blu-ray Captures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio :

Film Detective use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1560 kbps in 24-bit! The effects are minimal and the score is by Fred Katz (1960's The Little Shop of Horrors, the classic The Wasp Woman - let's get that in HD!) plus Alex Hassilev performing The Ballad of Tim Evans adding marginally to the beatnik aura. You can hear minor depth exported in the uncompressed track. There are optional English subtitles (in a bright yellow font - see sample above) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE.

 

Extras :

Nutt'in and only one menu screen - which is reflected in the, more, reasonable price.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
A Bucket of Blood (PD, again?) is a Corman oddball - cute, satirical, a little scary. There are themes identifying the addictiveness of fame and the unbridled desire for acceptance. The Film Detective's BD-R, bare-bones, Blu-ray (awful cover though - taken from the original poster) provides an acceptable a/v transfer for the film with the appealing texture - finally in accurate 1.85:1. I was a little more keen on The Bat but I can still see fans going for this - especially at the offered price! I'm keen to check out Film Detective's other releases now... 

Gary Tooze

November 3rd, 2015

 

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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