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The Beastmaster ( Beastmaster - Der Befreier )

4.5 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Rip Torn, Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, John Amos, Joshua Milrad
  • Directors: Don Coscarelli
  • Producers: The Beastmaster ( Beast master - Der Befreier ), The Beastmaster, Beast master - Der Befreier
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 4 ( DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 114.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002D620XY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,171 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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Why is Amazon displaying the same reviews for the region 1 and 2 version of this film. The region 1 version (blue cover) totally outclasses the region 2 version (white cover)!!

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).
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I just loved this film from the moment I saw it way back when....

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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The Beastmaster is an old favourite of mine and when I heard it was on Bluray I had to get it. The picture quality is better than DVD but it's not head and shoulders better. 3 out of 5. This is the directors cut at approximately 118 minutes. A great Commentary and a 50 odd minute doc round out the disc. Worth buying.
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Beastmaster is not a work of art. Its full of continuity gaffs for a start, but the writer is under no illusion as to what sword n'sorcery is about : sword fights, magic, nubile women and good versus evil. The plot, such as it is, concerns warrior Dar embarking on a quest for revenge which leads him into a confrontation with the Jun horde. Invariably this means attacking everything he meets with his sword, albeit aided by two ferrets, a black panther and eagle. I'd recommend Beastmaster to any fan of swords and sorcery. Okay, so its a little childish, but on a comic book level its quite exciting.
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I first seen Beastmaster when it was first released. The film for its time was up to date and a well entertaining film. I recently found Beastmaster on DVD and instantly ordered it after viewing the cover stating Digitally Mastered and Directors Cut. When I received it I was like a kid in a sweet shop. I immediately popped it in the player and start to watch it. Now firstly I would like to say this is a bril film, but the quality of the DVD was totally rubbish for picture. There were black lines popping up all over the place, even a dark brown smear which must have been on the print showed up as well. It was clearly obvious that little or no work was done on this film on the transfer to DVD which was a total shame for sure a good film. The sound was a little better but could have been alot better if there was some effort put in the transfer. So if you are buying this thinking it will be fantastic quality, dont, it isnt worth the price tag thats on it.
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Marc Singer's finest hour (although "V" is also a classic) this is a classic swords and sorcery tale featuring a barbarian warrior with the power to communicate with animals. Rip Torn plays the extremely bad guy. Full of great action scenes and not a hint of CGI. Eighties-style action at its best.
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