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Beasts of the Southern Wild [Blu-ray]


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Product details

  • Actors: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly
  • Directors: Benh Zeitlin
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Feb. 2013
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009HUA1IA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,374 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Beasts of the Southern Wild is one of the most critically-acclaimed films of the year.

In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the world by a sprawling levee, six year-old Hushpuppy exists on the brink of orphanhood. Her mother long gone, and her father Wink a wildman on a perpetual spree, Hushpuppy is left to her own devices on an isolated compound filled with semi-feral animals. She perceives the natural world to be a fragile web of living, breathing, squirting things, in which the entire universe depends on everything fitting together just right. So when a hundred year storm raises the waters around her town, her Daddy is suddenly stricken with illness, and fierce pre-historic creatures awaken from their frozen graves to come charging across the planet, Hushpuppy sees the natural order of everything she holds dear collapsing around her.

Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive an unstoppable catastrophe of epic proportions.

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The devastated landscape of the Louisiana bayou becomes a primordial world in the eyes of 6-year-old Hushpuppy (the fierce and magnetic Quvenzhané Wallis). Hushpuppy's father Wink (Dwight Henry), emotionally unstable and increasingly ill, fights to maintain their ramshackle home, along with the rest of the precarious community of the area known as the Bathtub--but a Katrina-esque storm leaves the Bathtub flooded, driving Wink to desperate lengths. Faced with the loss of everything she knows, Hushpuppy decides her only hope is to find her mother, but her only clue is a winking light in the distance. Beasts of the Southern Wild tells its story entirely from the 6-year-old girl's perspective; the actions and emotions of adults take on a mythic scope, as does the damaged environment in which she lives. The movie is dense and rich, often as obscure and murky as the overgrown bayou itself, sometimes off-putting and enticing at the same time. Wallis, her performance brimming with feral energy and a wounded soul, carries the movie with more star power than most adults could muster. The dialogue is thick with intriguing metaphors and the images resist being easily interpreted into a conventional plot, but the story gradually emerges, rising to a potent end. Viewers who take the time to sink into its mysteries will be rewarded. --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Sam Woodward TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2013
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Beasts of the Southern Wild is a unique parable on growing up. 6 year-old Hushpuppy virtually looks after herself amidst the crushing poverty of a Louisiana Bayou called Bathtub. Her dysfunctional father, Wink, is a drinker with serious health problems & her mother has "gone" - seemingly dead but given that it's from the perspective of a 6 year-old, it's somewhat ambiguous. When a major storm floods the appropriately named Bathtub, she is forced to fight for survival & seek her place in the world. In her imagination, the danger takes the form of Aurochs - ancient creatures who the closest thing she has to a teacher tells her died out because they were stupid. Will Hushpuppy & her community fare any better?

I was concerned this would be one of those American films which substitute genuine emotion for lashings of sentimentality but thankfully this was not the case. A lot of its impact is due to the incredible performance of 6 year-old Quvenzhané Wallis. She has an astonishing ability to simultaneously convey strength & vulnerability which is beyond most adult actors. The relationship between her & Dwight Henry, who plays her father, is amazing to watch. Another first-time actor, Henry had no ambitions in that area until encouraged by casting agents whose offices were opposite the bakery he worked in. But he was perfect for the role because, in his words, he "was in Hurricane Katrina in neck-high water" & thus "brought a passion to the part that an outside actor who had never seen a storm or been in a flood or faced losing everything couldn't have". So despite the OTT nature of the approaching semi-mythical creatures, this film feels incredibly real.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard Leigh on 2 Nov. 2012
Format: DVD
I agree with all the negative comments by the other reviewers, but I must add that there are so many excellent aspects that you must see the film for yourself. The episode of the aurochs DOES seem a bit much, but it's still a very powerful scene. The brothel scene IS a bit odd, but also very moving ( an instant where you think of a mother and her child). There are aspects of the plot which don't convince me at all - as if they are there to serve a pre-existent agenda which was not concerned with being convincing. Perhaps it's best to see the film, not as a failed attempt at realism, but as magic realism. Remember: the central character is a very young child whose life has been unsettled (understatement of the year) and whose view of the workd is partly coloured by what she has learned, or thinks she has learned. As you can tell, I'm trying to persuade myself as well as you. Visually, alone, the film's essential viewing. I remember the first time I saw Paradjanov's "Colour of Pomegranates" - coming out of the cinema utterly baffled, but also utterly overwhelmed. As time passes, that film makes more sense (in its own way)and is, I think, a masterpiece. Maybe I'll end up feeling the same about "Beasts". You must watch it, simply because there is nothing like it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen Baxter VINE VOICE on 10 May 2013
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Benh Zeitlin's extraordinary film "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is by far the most poignant film I have seen recently. Part reality and part fantasy, it's based at the time of the Katrina Hurricane and tells the story of a hard drinking man called Wink and his six year old daughter 'Hushpuppy', who are trying to survive in an impoverished community deep in the most southern part of the Louisiana bayou locally known as the 'Bathtub'.

Wink is an unwell man, suffering with some kind of blood disorder and also perhaps nursing a broken heart as 'Hushpuppy's' mother left a long time ago. Wink tries to help get people to safety as the waters rage and consume, forced to rise by a levee wall holding back the water from a more affluent part of the area.

Hushpuppy soon realizes that things are not going well and as her father's health deteriorates and the world she knows becomes more and more damaged, Hushpuppy begins to imagine her community is being ravaged by some mythical creatures of the past.

The acting by Quvenzhané Wallis who plays 'Hushpuppy' is absolutely outstanding for one so young.

The film is disturbing and delightful at the same time and the imagery magnificent, it's as mystical as it is disturbing but makes such compelling viewing that the as the credits roll by, you are left with imprints in your mind for quite a long time after.

Myself and my husband absolutely loved this film but our 11 year old son, found the film much too depressing for him and said that other children probably wouldn't appreciate the storytelling ... and we have to agree.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Dunkinson on 17 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
slow is an understatement. Film is incohesive and disjointed story. Very difficult to make sense of the film, maybe that was half the point.
Basically if your looking for a 'normal' film to watch after a long day steer clear. If you want an artsy film about poverty and hardship it might be worth a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Count Sorrow on 28 Aug. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Others have already gone over the story and I have to say from all I'd heard I was really looking forward to this.
Perhaps I was victim to too much hype but I felt the film didn't live up to my expectations.
Now that's not to knock the film, indeed I did like it.
The story is quite compelling and well acted, however I found it hard to really care deeply enough about any of the characters to get that emotional attachment I was hoping for.

The Blu-Ray is excellent with a good quality of picture, really picking up the shadows and brightness very well.
And the sound! Exceptional use with very crisp and clear track and amazing use of the sub in all the right places to really give that cinema feeling.

All in all a good film (but not worthy of all the hype in my opinion) on an excellent quality Blu-Ray.
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