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The Beast

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Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Starring: Sirpa Lane, Lisbeth Hummel, Elisabeth Kaza
Director: Walerian Borowczyk
Plot Synopsis:

Walerian Borowczyk's most notorious film wildly re-works the classic Beauty and the Beast story into an adult fairy tale.

Bestial dreams interrupt the venal plans of a French aristocrat attempting to save a crumbling mansion by marrying off his deformed son, Mathurin, to a insatiable American heiress, Lucy. Yet Mathurin seems more interested in his horses than in his bride-to-be, and when Lucy finds out about the story of his 18th-century ancestor Romilda's (Sirpa Lane) relationship with the titular beast it sparks to life one of the most outrageous dream sequences in cinema history.

A huge hit in France that was extensively censored and banned elsewhere, The Beast broke new ground in sensual cinema and remains a truly startling experience even today.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • New high definition digital transfer of the uncut 98-minute version
  • Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Introduction by film critic Peter Bradshaw
  • The Making of The Beast: camera operator Noel Very provides a commentary on footage shot during the film's production
  • Frenzy of Ecstasy, a visual essay on the evolution of Borowczyk's beast and the sequel that never was, Motherhood
  • The Profligate Door, a documentary about Borowczyk's sound sculptures featuring curator Maurice Corbet
  • Boro Brunch, a reunion meal recorded in February 2014 reuniting members of Borowczyk's crew
  • Commercials by Borowczyk: Holy Smoke (1963), The Museum (1964) and Tom Thumb (1966)
  • Gunpoint, a documentary short by Peter Graham produced and edited by Borowczyk (11:04)
  • Behind Enemy Lines - The Making of Gunpoint (5:16)
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring Borowczyk's own original poster design
  • Illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film by Daniel Bird and an archive piece by David Thompson, illustrated with original stills
  • Release Details
    Release Date: September 21st, 2021
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    Movie Release Year: 1975
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Arrow Video
  • Technical Specs
    Length:93 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.66:1
    Audio Formats:French: LPCM 2.0
    Subtitles/Captions:English
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