Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Final Specs and Extras Announced for Scream Factory's THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS Blu-ray (Coming Nov 14)

You may have heard Scream Factory's recent announcement that they will be releasing Freddie Francis' THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS on Blu-ray this November. The film, which makes it's HD debut on November 14th, is one that I have not seen. In fact, I have almost no knowledge about it, other than the following synopsis that Scream Factory has released:
Directed by Freddie Francis, Executive Produced by Mel Brooks, and based on Dylan Thomas' original screenplay, this shocking horror-thriller stars Timothy Dalton as Thomas Rock, a brilliant young anatomy professor in 1820s Edinburgh. At first accepting only the cadavers provided him for study – those of a few hanged criminals per year – Rock eventually recruits two grave robbers (Jonathan Pryce and Stephen Rea) to secure a better supply of corpses. Coming to the gory conclusion that they will earn more the "fresher" the corpses, the two begin committing murder and delivering warm bodies to the doctor's lecture chambers. Also starring Julian Sands, Patrick Stewart and Twiggy, The Doctor and the Devils brings classic chills from start to finish.
Based on that description, it sounds pretty crazy, and I'm now very interested in checking it out. I'm a Scream Factory completist anyhow, so that was probably a given to begin with, though.

The Blu-ray will feature a 1080p AVC-encoded transfer in the film's Original Aspect Ratio (2.35:1), and it will include a DTS-HD Master Audio version of its original 2.0 Stereo mix.

Extras will include the following:
  • Commentary With Author and Film Historian Steve Haberman
  • New Interview With Executive Producer Mel Brooks, Producer Jonathan Sanger And Former Brooksfilms Development Executive Randy Auerbach
  • Theatrical Trailer
The original key art (featured above) will be included on the release.


For those interested, the full Press Release is included after the break...



September 10, 2014
SCREAM FACTORY™ PRESENTS
THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS
ON BLU-RAY NOVEMBER 14, 2014
 
“A gothic thriller!” – The Hollywood Reporter
BROOKSFILMS presents A JONATHAN SANGER Production
TIMOTHY DALTON JONATHAN PRYCE TWIGGY “THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS”
JULIAN SANDS STEPHEN REA PHYLLIS LOGAN LEWIS FIANDER BERYL REID T.P. McKENNA
PATRICK STEWART and with SIAN PHILLIPS
Casting by MAGGIE CARTIER Music by JOHN MORRIS Costumes by IMOGEN RICHARDSON
Production Designed by ROBERT LAING
Edited by LAURENCE MERY-CLARK Director of Photography GERRY TURPIN B.S.C. NORMAN WARWICK B.S.C.
Associate Producer GEOFFREY HELMAN Executive Producer MEL BROOKS
Based on the Original Screenplay by DYLAN THOMAS Screenplay by RONALD HARWOOD Produced by JONATHAN SANGER
Directed by FREDDIE FRANCIS

Murder was just the beginning...

Los Angeles, CA – A man of medicine… A pair of murderers… An unholy alliance. Scream Factory has announced a November 14 Blu-ray release of the murderous thriller The Doctor and the Devils.

Directed by Freddie Francis, Executive Produced by Mel Brooks, and based on Dylan Thomas' original screenplay, this shocking horror-thriller stars Timothy Dalton as Thomas Rock, a brilliant young anatomy professor in 1820s Edinburgh. At first accepting only the cadavers provided him for study – those of a few hanged criminals per year – Rock eventually recruits two grave robbers (Jonathan Pryce and Stephen Rea) to secure a better supply of corpses. Coming to the gory conclusion that they will earn more the "fresher" the corpses, the two begin committing murder and delivering warm bodies to the doctor's lecture chambers. Also starring Julian Sands, Patrick Stewart and Twiggy, The Doctor and the Devils brings classic chills from start to finish.

Special Features:
Commentary With Author and Film Historian Steve Haberman
New Interview With Executive Producer Mel Brooks, Producer Jonathan Sanger And Former Brooksfilms Development Executive Randy Auerbach
Theatrical Trailer
           
1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo/1985/Color/R/93 mins./Subtitles: English

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