After spotting apparent photographic anomalies that occur at the point of a subject's death, two scientists embark on a journey to capture the mystical being responsible (dubbed the 'asphyx') that theoretically captures the escaping soul. Their aim is to ultimately prevent death itself - if they can stop the asphyx from taking away an individual's soul then it could be the case that the individual themselves could attain immortality.
A leisurely paced UK production from around 1973, The Asphyx was directed by veteran camera operator Peter Newbrook. It's not considered a classic but it is surely a carefully crafted and eloquent production that does explore some interesting concepts. I think what holds this one back from more widespread appeal is the lack of dynamism - Newbrook hardly takes things forward with energetic zeal. However, it's an exquisitely shot piece of work with some dark moments that can yield rewards for the patient viewer. The beauty of the film should come as no surprise when you realise that its cinematographer, Freddie Young, won several Oscars for his work.
Other extras include some trailers and a photo gallery, but really this remains an invaluable acquisition because this disc means we can choose whether to watch the shorter or longer cuts completely (in the former case) or mostly (in the latter) in full HD. If you like the film, or have a fondness for Hammer-era horror, the Redemption Blu will sit comfortably on your shelf. The gorgeous presentation of the HD transfer enhances one's appreciation without a doubt.