Burke and Hare: DVD Review
Burke and Hare
Released by Universal Home Ent
retelling of the 1820s Westport murders, Burke and Hare is an odd kind of film.
The ever brilliant Simon Pegg stars as William
Burke and Andy Serkis is William Hare, a pair of conmen who're trying to make
ends meet in Edinburgh.
When they overhear that corpses can fetch
a pretty penny from the medical industry, they decide to supply Dr Knox (Tom
Wilkinson) with corpses to make some cash. Trouble is, people aren't dying too
quickly from natural causes - and that's where things take a murderous turn.
However, when the cash they earn pushes them in to the
upper echelons of society, Burke falls hard for travelling actress Ginny (Isla
Fisher) and starts to suffer from conscience&
And with the militia (headed up by Ronnie Corbett) onto the murders,
it looks like the noose is tightening around their necks&
A queasy mix of murder and comedy, Burke and Hare seems to fail on
both levels because it can't decide whether the dark tale needs to be told
seriously or with a tongue firmly in its cheek. The main duo are hapless and it
does play against the truth of the murders but the guest cast is stunning - a
veritable who's who of the UK comedy scene.
Burke and Hare is a
curio and probably one for fans of Ealing comedies more than anything - it's a
botched attempt at a mixing of genres and the resultant mess is a frustrating
Extras: Deleted scenes and