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The Beast Within [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Unfortunately there are 2 films with the same title that Amazon has lumped together in regards to reviews.

This movie was originally released under the title, "Virus Undead." This is a virus induced zombie film. Robert (Philipp Danne) inherits the mansion of his world famous grandfather, who recently died. He had lived there before and was not very popular. His grandfather had created a vaccine which saved the world from an epidemic from a virus similar to avian flu. But we find out it wasn't permanent.

As Robert and his friends attempt to party in the mansion, the epidemic breaks out. The movie ran hot and cold. I liked the German techno soundtrack, but they didn't stick to it. Some of the dialouge was decent early on, but then it falls. The birds were CG, and lacked any kind of terrifying aspect. They weren't much of a factor until the end. The attacks were not the normal zombie attacks, as well they shouldn't be. The virus is supposed to cause aggression in humans, and this couples with a living dead aspect. Could have been better. If you want to watch a good German zombie film try "Rammbock: Berlin Undead."

F-bombs, sex, nudity (Anna Breuer). German cops eating fasnachts.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2014
The beast Within was and is never going to win many awards. It's a competently made horror film hailing from 1982. The acting, for the most part, is fine with Ronny Cox coming out as the pick of the bunch. Personally I found Paul Clemens, who plays the starring part, a tad weak.
Despite all this Arrow Video have, once again, done this film proud. The print is completely uncut and the picture and sound are superb. Featured on the disc is an audio commentary by director Philippe Mora and a making of documentary. Also included is 'Storyboarding The beast Within' plus the original trailer. The package is rounded out with a nice booklet illustrated with stills form the film and, of course, a reversible sleeve so you can choose what image you display.
To be honest the film probably does not deserve such royal treatment but that's what Arrow do and that's why their discs are always worth buying.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
First of all, this is not a film that everyone will enjoy - it has a slow burning story and builds up to the gore with slow, darkly shot and suspenseful scenes. If you are expecting something fast-paced, then try to put those expectations aside - let the story unfold at its own pace and the pay-off is much greater.

Arrow have done an outstanding job with this release, presenting the film uncut with beautiful audio and picture (offering both HD and SD versions of the film). The image is sharp, as with many Arrow releases, and the uncompressed audio sounds wonderful (turn your TV up loud and you can really hear the leaves crunch). The presentation is flawless, considering the film came out over 30 year ago.

The array of special features covers a lot of ground for those wishing to learn more about 'The Beast Within', and includes a nice little collector's booklet (I say little, it's actually 45 pages in length!).

For fans of 80's horror or cult cinema in general, this release is worth the money - especially if you know what you are getting into. As mentioned above, the film is not for everyone - as other reviews have pointed out, the story would never win any awards. It is however original and entertaining enough to maintain interest, and ends up being a pretty fun 98 minutes.

If you're considering buying this release, the chances are you already know what to expect ("one absolute beast of a monster movie!"), and for those blind buyers - keep an open mind, you might be surprised! I wanted to release the beast within my pants after seeing this in HD.
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on 6 May 2015
If you love 80's classic horrors then this one is ripe for the collection, a very obscure but brilliant movie, the storyline is very 80's, basically a couple break down in the middle of nowhere one night, Eli (Ronny Cox) goes to get help and while he's away his wife gets attacked and raped in the woods by a mysterious figure, cut 17 years later they had the baby and raised it, but something is not right and trouble starts up when they go back to where it started to find out the truth, there is plenty of bloody moments in this movie and some nice gore images in places, the creature/monster make-up effects are brilliant, top notch for the time it was made, the movie has a fantastic score, very erratic creepy music, the cast is all good, overall its a classic 80's horror with all the right ingredients, worth adding to the Arrow collection now it has a great Blu-ray.

Blu-ray picture looks great in HD 1080 (Arrow video) plus you get the DVD version.
Features include a commentary, making of 45-mins, plus more.
Collectable booklet of info about the movie, 12 pages of text plus images.
Reversible cover with original art.
Region B,2, 98-mins UNCUT, 1981
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on 6 May 2015
Ever since I was a twelve-year-old child, when I walked into a room and saw just a few seconds of TBW on a vhs rental tape my brother was watching - it stuck in my mind. Also, the scene in question was of Michael searching the basement! Just a few seconds seen and it made quite the impression on me growing up...Watching TBW now and it's actually quite languidly paced, directed by the documentary filmmaker Philippe Moira, who maintains the slow tempo until the finale's special effects sequences, which do not disappoint. An old school '80's horror presented with impeccable blu ray picture and sound.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2014
Fantastic film ,bought on V.H.S .years ago ,as I am collecting 'ARROW Blu-rays decided to buy . I wasn't disappointed ,American werewolf in London is one of my favorite films ,and since this deals with transformation ,its just up my street ,brilliant acting . I think this maybe 'UNCUT' as its seems more blood and gut's than I remembered in my V.H.S TAPE.I had actually forgotten this film until it was listed by Amazon ,its quite amazing when company's like 'ARROW ,get these films and distribute them on Blu-ray ,it goes to show what you remember in V.H.S years you can now appreciate years later in H.D.I would say a good buy ,and should become a bit of a cult film ,and certainly will be appreciated by a new generation of horror film watchers .Click buy you won't be disappointed .
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2015
This monster movie from the 80s comes to blu-ray from ARROW and the picture and sound are fantastic for such a low budget movie..The movie is very slow and does not come to life till the last 30m but is still very watchable.As with other ARROW discs we get loads of extras on the disc and a nice booklet.So if you enjoy this movie you wont see it better than this WELL DONE ARROW
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
So the film starts with a Rosemary's baby type scene, where a woman is molested by a beast, in order to carry on his cycle or something or other...

Flash forward and we have Ronny Cox and family showing off about how he wrote the country and western music for this film and how he will be two of the best films of the Eighties.

For some reason his son is ill, I really didn't understand why, something to do with his pituitary glands, but soon he gets out of bed and starts slaughtering specific people.

Turns out he has the soul of someone with really bad teeth in him, and he is taking revenge...

This movie is bizarre, and mostly awful, the extra star is for the woman who plays Amanda,as she is really easy on the eye, and the hilarious head pull off scene.

The rest of it is abysmal. one tag-line says 'we dare you not to leave your chair for the last thirty minutes'. I now know what they meant.

The transformation scene is okay to begin with, and then it just drags...., and drags......, and drags.

It feels like forever that these people are watching in aghast, this man changing, and it ruins the scene, as does the actor who plays Micheal, as he is just too bloody ugly to pull a girl like Amanda.

There really isn't anything good to say about his, Cox is okay.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2010
The original title for this German made film with English dialogue is VIRUS UNDEAD. For me this film was rather slow but once the zombies make their play it becomes a must view by anyone interested in the genre. The most disappointing aspect of this R1 release besides the title change is that the extras consists of some stills. The original German release was a 2 disc version with about 2 hours of extras but no English subtitles. Same with the commentary or were there 2 comms i forget, no subs here iether. It's quite sad that the Germans took a lot of effort with their release while Lionsgate look like they couldn't be bothered.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2014
Bought as a gift
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