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For anyone who owns the 2000 Image DVD of this movie, or remembers it from TV viewings back in the day, I just wanted to mention that the remastered Redemption Blu-ray is a tremendous improvement over the Image edition. Merely to say that the sharpness/detail, brightness/contrast, color saturation, and color balance are vastly improved would be an understatement. I knew when watching the Image DVD (which I only picked up a year or two ago, damn!) that the quality of the transfer wasn't very good, but I had no idea this movie could ever look this terrific. Besides being in 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen (in contrast to the letterboxed Image DVD), it's sharp as a tack, much brighter, with excellent contrast and black levels and virtually no speckling or scratches, and reveals far more detail, especially in the darker scenes where the Image transfer just turns to muck.
And the color!! Deeply saturated and vivid, with natural fleshtones and a gorgeous palette of reds, greens, lavenders, and yellows that pop off the screen. It seriously looks like it could have been shot just a few years ago. Not exactly reference quality, but damn near. And if you haven't upgraded to Blu-ray yet, I'm sure the Redemption DVD will still put the Image disc to shame. Cueing up and comparing the two directly made me want to just throw the Image DVD in the trash (though I'll probably give it to someone instead). It's a murky, blurry, speckly, nearly monochromatic mess compared to the Redemption remaster.
And to top off the fabulous transfer, the movie is the uncut British version, running seven minutes and change longer than the Image disc (which was apparently edited for time, not naughty bits or anything like that, sorry) even though they both have the British title and credits at the beginning. Plus, you get trailers for BBT and four other Redemption titles (Virgin Witch, Killer's Moon, Burke and Hare, and The Asphyx) and a modest still gallery.
OK, so it's not the best British horror movie ever made (really more of a mystery with fantastic elements than horror), but Peter Cushing, as always, lends it some class and respectability, and in my book, the rather far-out concept gets a few points for originality, if nothing else. It's not nearly as bad as its reputation either. It's moderately entertaining, especially with the superior picture quality of the remaster, and though Cushing considered it his least favorite film, I've seen him in worse (The Devil's Men/Land of the Minotaur, Blood Suckers, Satanic Rites of Dracula, and The Beast Must Die spring to mind). My biggest complaint with BBT is that the truth behind the mystery is telegraphed way too early in the film, almost from the first scene, essentially destroying any suspense or tension that might have been built up. Bottom line: If you want this movie in your collection for whatever reason, skip the Image release (or dump it if you already have it) and get the Redemption Blu-ray or DVD. I guarantee you won't be disappointed (in the transfer anyway).
5 stars for the total package, 3 stars for the movie = 4 stars overall.