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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic release!
This release is not an official version by Universal, but under licence to a company that release rare titles called TIMELESS MEDIA GROUP. Originally they released the edit version of this 2 part mini-series of the `The Beast' . Now here is the uncut version.

Universal originally released the 2 Disc Laserdisc (2hrs 56mins Complete 2 part mini-series Uncut...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poor dvd
i enjoyed the first time it was on sky one many years ago just over 3hrs long ...this dvd is not even that long Void at all Costs
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic release!, 17 Jun 2008
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This review is from: Beast: Special Edition [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This release is not an official version by Universal, but under licence to a company that release rare titles called TIMELESS MEDIA GROUP. Originally they released the edit version of this 2 part mini-series of the `The Beast' . Now here is the uncut version.

Universal originally released the 2 Disc Laserdisc (2hrs 56mins Complete 2 part mini-series Uncut version) commercially in the US in 1996.

What I like about this production are the unique cast, the familiar faces; Look out for two former Australian's Soap `Home & Away' stars Les Hill and Andrew Hill (The two young divers). The drama in between especially the relationships and the blend of mild terror of the deep make this production enjoyable. The special effects are pretty impressive. The giant squid, I thought was really realistic and terrifying especially when it opens it beak.

This was a made for TV Drama based on the book by Peter Benchley.
It was first shown on TV, Christmas 1996 here in the UK over two nights.

Now for the 2 DVD Discs itself. Firstly this was digitally recorded, both picture and stereo sound. I have the uncut version on Laserdisc released by Universal back in 1996, and as far as I can see no scenes are missing in this 2008 release. It is UNCUT. In comparison the picture quality is better than the laserdisc and is DVD quality. The original broadcast of `The Beast' was in stereo as well as the video (Edit) and Laserdiscs releases. For some reason this 2 Disc set has a mono-mix sound. Why?? If you are not bothered about the sound, this is still an enjoyable watch considering the low cost of this DVD set. It has a good menu system on both discs, but is bare bones, with no extras whatsoever. The DVD cover is quite nice, though the back cover is similar to the earlier edit version DVD release. It also come in an outer cardboard sleeve.

Fans and people who like this TV production have been waiting for this uncut version to surface on DVD for a long time and will no doubt welcome this release.

Perhaps Universal or this `TIMELESS MEDIA GROUP' may release the original stereo version with extras on the discs in the future. But it is great to see this fantastic TV mini-series on DVD.

It is available through Amazon.com.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last, 24 Aug 2008
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At last THE BEAST is out on DVD after twelve years. Why didn't it come out all those years before? Every time it's been on TV it's always been cut with commercials getting in the way with an annoying logo on the screen so it's time to watch it in peace. Remember not to order the other version because that one is badly cut. That one has 65 minutes cut out. I don't know why. THE BEAST is a brilliant two-part mini series. This DVD is well-worth buying.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Order This Version Of THE BEAST!, 24 Aug 2008
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Don't order this version of THE BEAST. It is badly cut. There's one hour and five minutes missing from what the duration says to the other version. Order the 180-minute version. It has a different picture on the front of the DVD. You can see one of the squids at the surface of the water.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poor dvd, 26 Mar 2014
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i enjoyed the first time it was on sky one many years ago just over 3hrs long ...this dvd is not even that long Void at all Costs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 July 2014
Great film .
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1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE BEWARE, 13 Oct 2013
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DO NOT BUY THIS FILM FROM MOVIEMARS-USA THEY SOLD ME A MANUFACTOR THROWN OUT COPY I GOT THEM TO REPLACE IT AND ITS THE SAME GOT MANUFACTOR MARKS ALL OVER IT AVOID THEM
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5.0 out of 5 stars the beast- special edition, 8 Sep 2013
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i first saw this film when it was first shown on tv and have been looking for a copy,thanks amazon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beast [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC], 14 Jan 2013
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Beast [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] very good film need an open dvd player as its region 1 would recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beast, 9 Jan 2013
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A brillant piece of work full of Drama and excitement and William Petersen was absolutely brilliant well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS NO OCTOPUSSY, 12 Nov 2012
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WILLIAM PETERSEN OF MANHUNTER FAME STARS IN THIS MOVIE ABOUT A GIANT SIZED OCTOPUS RAVAGING THE WATERS OF A CANADIAN FISHING VILLAGE AND AS USUAL THERE ARE A NUMBER OF DEATHS AND MISSING PERSONS BEFORE THE CULPRIT THE OCTOPUS IS FOUND TO BE RESPONSIBLE.IN ALL THIS IS VERY WELL ACTED BASED ON A STORY BY PETER BENCHLEY OF JAWS FAME.HOWEVER IT DOES TAKE A LITTLE WHILE INTO THER STORYLINE BEFORE THE BEAST REARS ITS UGLY HEAD AND TENTACLES! PERSONALLY I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE SEEN A LITTLE MORE OF THE GIANT CREATURE WHICH REALLY SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN KEPT IN THE BACKGROUND POSSIBLY DUE TO FINANCIAL RESTRAINTS OF THE OVERALL BUDGET BUT THEN I UNDERSTAND THIS WAS ORIGINALLY A T.V.MOVIE.ALTHOUGH I DID ENJOY THE MOVIE AS A WHOLE I STILL PREFER RAY HARRYHAUSENS CLASSIC MONSTER OCTOPUS MOVIE "IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA" WHICH IS AVAILABLE AS A COLOURISED VERSION AS WELL AS BLACK AND WHITE.ANYWAY THIS IS CERTAINLY WELL WORTH A LOOK IF YOU HAVENT SEEN IT BUT I REMEMBER IT DID TURN UP ON BRITISH TELEVISION QUITE A FEW YEARS BACK LIKE SO MANY GOOD MOVIES THAT NEVER SHOW UP NOW!
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