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The Beast Within [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.0 Import - Spain ]
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Spain released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), Portuguese ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In the beginning of the movie you see a woman getting raped by a man-creature of some sort. The movie takes place years later when the child that was a result of that rape is on the rampage looking for a girl to rape to start the process all over again. ...The Beast Within
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- MPAA rating : Unrated (Not Rated)
- Package Dimensions : 7.56 x 5.35 x 0.63 inches; 2.82 Ounces
- Director : Philippe Mora
- Media Format : Import, PAL, Widescreen
- Run time : 90 minutes
- Actors : Ronny Cox, Bibi Besch, Paul Clemens, Don Gordon, R.G. Armstrong
- Dubbed: : Spanish
- Subtitles: : Spanish, Portuguese, English
- Producers : The Beast Within
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- ASIN : B01MD0DKDM
- Country of Origin : Spain
- Number of discs : 1
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The story begins in 1967 when a newlywed couple gets stranded on a back country road. As the groom leaves to get help, the bride is attacked by someone or something a little less than human. Cut to 17 years later, and her son begins exhibiting strange behavior and it becomes clear that he's inherited his father's inhuman traits.
This movie was made at the height of the 80's gorefest films. Ever since films like The Howling and The Thing were released, film makers jumped on the wagon and tried to make the most gruesome movies they could make. The effects turned out to be fairly impressive, but the story usually wasn't up to par. The plot is a little confusing and I later learned that much of the backstory was left on the cutting room floor.
Still, for those who like 80's horror just for the sake of it and don't mind the story, this is for you. All practical effects and fairly impressive at that. Not a great film, but good for what it is.
The story, if you havent already seen or heard of it, involves a young man struggling with his own identity as his true past and parentage comes to light. A lot of the picture sets the tone for small-town unity, corruption and revenge. The most effective scene for me was when Michael is going through his first full transformation and a 14-inch tongue whips out of his mouth, then lashes back and forth, striking people. Sadly, that scene is cut short in this release. There were also some slight editing blunders. Still, this low-budget horror movie was among the pioneers of using bladders in special effects. I've owned the MGM Midnight Movies VHS, but this is the first time I've owned it in a hi-def format.
This edition looks and sounds great for its age. The special features aren't much to boast about. The many radio spots are mostly identical, with only a few seconds' difference between them. The original trailer is there, but it doesn't look like its been cleaned up much. A making-of feature or a retrospective by stars, as has become common with Shout Factory releases, would have been nice. But no. Overall, worth the price at this discounted price.
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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