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Kino Lorber Press Release: The Blood Beast Terror -and- Burke & Hare (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 1 Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 22 2012 - 04:25 AM

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Kino Lorber and Redemption Release The Blood Beast Terror (1968) and Burke & Hare (1972) on Blu-ray and DVD in new HD Masters http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/
For Immediate Release

New York, NY - June 22, 2012 - 
Kino Lorber and Redemption are proud to announce the release of two cult horror films from director Vernon Sewell: The Blood Beast Terror (1968), starring horror icon Peter Cushing, and Burke & Hare (1972), on Blu-ray and DVD in new HD transfers mastered from the original 35mm negatives.

The Blood Beast Terror comes to Blu-ray and DVD on July 17th, with a SRP of $19.95 for the Blu-ray and $14.95 for the DVD. Special features include the original theatrical trailer and a gallery of production stills.

Burke & Hare will also become available on Blu-ray and DVD on July 17th, with a SRP of $19.95 for the Blu-ray and $14.95 for the DVD. Special features include
"Grave Desires: Corpses on Film," an interview with Dr. Patricia MacCormack; an interview with actress Francoise Pascal; and the original theatrical trailer. Both are currently available for pre-book. 
Posted Image The Blood Beast Terror (1968)   (aka The Vampire-Beast Seeks Blood)

Directed by Vernon Sewell 

A classically told monster movie directed by Vernon Sewell (Burke & Hare), The Blood Beast Terror is set in motion when mutilated bodies begin appearing in the English countryside, drained of blood. 
Horror icon Peter Cushing (Horror of Dracula) stars as Detective Inspector Quennell, brought in to investigate the deaths. He consults entomology professor Mallinger (Robert Flemyng), but the doctor seems to be hiding a dark secret about his fetching young daughter, Clare (Wanda Ventham). The deeper Quennell digs into their story, the bloodier the violence, until he discovers a terrifying truth about Mallinger's experiments that is only revealed in the gruesome final reel.
Hearkening back to the classics of Universal Pictures, The Blood Beast Terror offers terrific performances and special effects, and slowly builds to its skin-crawling climax.


Special Features  
* Original theatrical trailer  
* Gallery of production stills 

UK   1968   Color   87 Min. Mono   1.66:1


Burke & Hare (1972)

Directed by Vernon Sewell

Two of the most notorious figures in the history of medicine, William Burke and William Posted ImageHare were a pair of enterprising street thugs who provided anatomical specimens to the Edinburgh Medical College--often by robbing the graves of the recently dead, sometimes through even more nefarious methods.
Derren Nesbitt and Glynn Edwards bring these two scoundrels to life in Burke & Hare, a colorful, early '70s rendition of life in the taverns, brothels, and surgical theatres of 1820s Scotland.
While other filmmakers have treated the Burke and Hare murders as a source of gothic horror, director Vernon Sewell (The Blood Beast Terror) offers a playful spin on the Irish body snatchers, blending dark comedy with bawdy eroticism, seasoning it with the grotesque, then crowning it with a playful theme song by the pop band The Scaffold.


Special Features  
* "Grave Desires: Corpses on Film," an interview with Dr. Patricia MacCormack  
* Interview with actress Francoise Pascal  
* Original theatrical trailer 

UK   1972   Color   94 Min.   1.66:1 (Blu-ray 1920 x 1080p)   Mono

The Blood Beast Terror (1968)
Director: Vernon Sewell
Genre: Horror
Blu-ray SRP: $19.95
DVD SRP: $14.95
Street date: July 17, 2012

Burke & Hare (1972)
Director: Vernon Sewell
Genre: Horror
Blu-ray SRP: $19.95
DVD SRP: $14.95
Street date: July 17, 2012

Ronald J Epstein
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