The Beastmaster ( Beastmaster - Der Befreier )
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Australia released, PAL/Region 4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The Beastmaster tells the story of Dar (Marc Singer), the son of a king who was stolen from his mother's womb by a witch under the command of vicious sorcerer Maax (Rip Torn). A poor villager saves Dar from being sacrificed and raises him as his own son, teaching Dar how to fight and witnessing the boy's ability to telepathically communicate with animals. Their happiness is destroyed when their village is attacked by the evil Jun horde, a race of beast-like warriors controlled by Maax. Dar vows revenge and journeys to his father's former kingdom to destroy Maax. Along the way, he falls in love with gorgeous slave girl Kiri (Tanya Roberts) and teams up with former royal guard Seth (John Amos). Dar also uses his powers to enlist the aid of an eagle, a panther and two adorable ferrets named Kodo and Podo. Together, Dar and his unlikely but brave team square off with Maax in an impressive two-part finale that involves a swordfight on the side of a pyramid and a showdown with the Jun horde near a flaming moat. The resulting film was full of action and eccentric surprises, but failed to make an impression at a box office already glutted with fantasy films. However, The Beastmaster eventually became a serious cult favorite thanks to home video and extensive exposure on cable (it is the second most aired movie on TBS after Gone With the Wind). This enduring popularity led to two sequels and a syndicated television series chronicling the further adventures of Dar. ...The Beastmaster ( Beast master - Der Befreier )
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First let me say I absolutely love this film, and I'd give it an easy 5 star review. However this review is for the region 2 version (white cover).
I suppose this is the one for me to review, seeing as how I'm from the UK.
Sadly this version is truely awful!!
First off, the sound and picture quality is crap. There's no way this is 'digitally mastered'.
Secondly, the overall presentation is poor, no special features in sight. As if they couldn't be bothered to make an effort for this package. They didn't even add the original trailor, something which even the old VHS had!
The wide screen presentation is also false, all they've done is took the full frame version and squashed it down to look wide screen. As a result the faces of the actors look rugby ball shaped and their bodies look short 'n' fat!
If you want a decent version of this film go for the region 1 version as it has excellent picture and sound quality, great special features, a true wide screen presentation and even a production booklet.
I hope that in the future, the powers that be will re-release this classic film as a decent region 2 version. But for now, like I said go for region 1.
Overall = 2 stars (Region 2) but a definate 5 stars (Region 1).
It's a great action, humourous, fun, magical film if ever there was.
Mark Singer was in great shape for this movie, charging around with some of the most loveable animals you can imagine. Two ferrets who were excellent little actors, stealing anything they could get their paws on and a fabulous black tiger representing Dar's strength. Also a beautiful eagle who sends images to him as it flies ahead of him as he roves across the barren rocky landscapes.
Rip Torn played his evil character brilliantly and I just couldn't wait to see him meet a nasty end (but do keep an eye on his beaky nose).
Tanya Roberts also played her part well. Quite the little lost slave girl who Marc was unable to resist.
He played Dar, the unborn child taken from his mother's womb and raised by a self appointed guardian as his own son. It was evident from the start that he had special gifts, understanding animals, and it was for me, this that kept the movie alive.
I think all of you who like legends and fairy tales with a bit of muscle thrown in for good measure will really enjoy this film. Direction and production excellent!
I would like to point out that this review is of a Korean import which will play on Region 2 DVD players. The reproduction is beautifully clear and fits the screen of any TV without making the picture stretched or squashed. It has a fair amount of extra features on the making of The Beastmaster too.
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Long time since I've seen this, better than I remember & excellent picture.Published 1 day ago by Barry
After his family is slaughtered by sinister lords of evil an innocent boy carries his anger into manhood, vowing bloody revenge, armed with magical powers allowing him... Read more
Good quality original dvd.
Shame most of the actors in it couldn't act to save themselves.