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The Beast Within [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]
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KILL ME, PLEASE KILL ME... BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
Late one full moon-lit night, a woman stands alone on the roadside waiting for her husband to return to their broken-down car. Suddenly she s pounced upon, dragged into the dark woods and savaged by a barely-glimpsed assailant something barely human. But this is only the beginning of the terrors in The Beast Within...
Seventeen years on, and the devoted parents of teenager Michael are at their wits end. Their son lies in a hospital bed, his body wracked by a mysterious illness. With doctors unable to offer any diagnosis, Michael s desperate parents are forced to seek out the answer themselves by digging up traumatic past events and confronting the true nature of their son s conception.
The Beast Within stands apart from other creature features due to its decidedly grim tone the scenes in which the monster violates his victims have proven too strong for some critics and standout transformation sequence courtesy of makeup artist Tom Hoerber (My Bloody Valentine). Add to these the strong lead performances from Paul Clemens and Ronny Cox (Deliverance, The Car, RoboCop), alongside a stunning score by the late, great Les Baxter, and you have yourself one absolute beast of a movie!
- High Definition digital transfer
- Newly created exclusive content
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach of Sadist Art Designs
- Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film, archive content and more!
- More to be announced closer to the release date
a manic horror outing --Blu-ray.com<br \><br \>well made, original, strongly acted, and damn good fun! --Truly Disturbing<br \><br \>well worth seeing --Cinematic Shocks
well made, original, strongly acted, and damn good fun! --Truly Disturbing
well worth seeing --Cinematic Shocks
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The Beast Within doesn't always feel like a straight werewolf movie and actually has hints of Dr Jekyll and Hyde and or a possession type film. The movie seems open ended but a sequel never followed. Oh and watch out for the finale transformation scene it may not be the best you've ever seen but it is fairly disgusting. All in all The Beast Within is a little silly but pulls it all off with some memorable performances, and hardly a dull moment to be had.
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
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.
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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