Classified today by the BBFC were the special features for John Landis’ Burke and Hare on DVD. This is UK DVD, mind, as the film is yet to have any US release announced. It’s becoming a bit of a trend for those Masters of Horror directors to see their films hit the UK before the US – Landis, Joe Dante with The Hole and, imminently, John Carpenter with The Ward.
I enjoyed Burke and Hare, though I can’t say my sides were splitting. It felt nicely old fashioned, pretty well crafted in most respects, and there was a lot of joy in just seeing the cast doing their thing, a real procession of favourites, each one often twice as favourite as the last. It’s great Sunday afternoon viewing, with an undercurrent of black, black satire.
The run time of the special features add up to 69 minutes and 9 seconds. Almost eleven minutes are given to deleted scenes, over 2 minutes to outtakes, and the rest is a series of interviews with cast and crew. I’m not even going to cut and paste the list of interviews over, it’s so exhaustive. The BBFC listing even tells you which questions were asked.
As far as I can tell, the film is scheduled to hit UK DVD and Blu-ray on February 21st. I look forward to seeing it again, if only to marvel at how much the shaved Bill Bailey looks like Marty Feldman.