Death Line (1972) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Gary Sherman
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Norman Rossington, David Ladd
Rated: UR/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available From Blue Underground
There’s something pretty grisly going on under London in the Tube tunnels between Holborn and Russell Square. When a top civil servant becomes the latest to disappear down there Scotland Yard start to take the matter seriously. Helping them are a young couple who get nearer to the horrors underground than they would wish.
Death Line, which seems to be more commonly known as Raw Meat (a title I like better and flipped my reversible cover to that title side to prove so) comes to us from Blue Underground and continues their long line of giving us some pretty cool films in some very awesome releases. This one takes to a London subway where after finding a man passed out a young couple get caught up in the mess that follows when he disappears. Of course, this leads us to a couple of cannibals living at the station and one of them is very ill which causes the male one to go on a giant rampage of killing, biting heads off of rats, and yelling “Mind the doors” at the top of his lungs. I admit the movie can be pretty dry at times and moves pretty slow, but it is fun seeing Donald Pleasence is a role that is not only not Doctor Loomis from Halloween, but totally the opposite of what that character is. Christopher Lee even stops by for a bit in this one. That all being said perhaps my favorite actor from this is Sharon Gurney who plays the female in the couple I was talking about before. Her character catches the attention of the cannibal man in the film near the end. She doesn’t seem to have any many movies on her IMDB and I’m not sure why she wasn’t in more.
The film might be a slow mover but it has some pretty gross parts to it. When we find decaying bodies on screen I’d say they were done really well. Also, our cannibal couple looks pretty nasty and the dude is always drooling, which is about as nasty of a thing as I can think of to have to look at in a film. The film packs some unintentionally funny moments and if we are, to be honest, is a little lacking in the plot department but who’s looking for a solid plot in a film about a man who looks like he has the human form of the mange drinking blood? The movie looks good but a little soft in this HD transfer that it is presented in. I’ll never call Death Line/Raw Meat the best movie I had ever seen, or even an overall good film, but I’d at least say it is entertaining and for most that could be enough to keep them happy.
– BRAND NEW 2K RESTORATION from the original uncensored camera negative approved by Director Gary Sherman
– Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Gary Sherman, Producer Paul Maslansky, and Assistant Director Lewis More O’Ferrall
– Tales From The Tube – Interview with Co-Writer/Director Gary Sherman and Executive Producers Jay Kanter & Alan Ladd Jr.
– From The Depths – Interview with Star David Ladd and Producer Paul Maslansky
– Mind The Doors – Interview with Star Hugh Armstrong
– DEATH LINE Trailer
– RAW MEAT Trailer
– RAW MEAT TV Spots
– RAW MEAT Radio Spots
– Poster & Still Gallery
– BONUS Collectable Booklet featuring new writing by authors Michael Gingold and Christopher Gullo
– Exclusive Limited Edition includes Blu-ray, DVD, bonus collectible booklet, reversible “Raw Meat” sleeve, and special packaging
Quality of Transfer: 85%