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    Added on: 5/9/2014 12:15
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    The Beast [Dual Format DVD & Blu-ray]

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    Certificate: 18
    Running Time: 94 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
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    Content Type: Movie

    Originally turned down flat by the British Board of Film Censors and initially released exclusively in London in a version heavily cut by its nervous distributor, The Beast is Walerian Borowczyk s most notorious film, although it s much wittier and more playful than its subject matter might suggest.

    Lucy Broadhurst (Lisbeth Hummel) is due to inherit a substantial fortune, but on condition that she marries the son of her late father s best friend. But Mathurin de l Espérance (Pierre Benedetti) 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 (Sirpa Lane) and brings her to life in one of the most outrageous dream sequences in cinema history, we begin to realise just how bizarre Mathurin s bloodline truly is.

    Receiving its Blu-ray world premiere, this new high-definition restoration by Argos Films is supported by the original short-film version of The Beast, and Venus on the Half-Shell (1975), Borowczyk s portrait of the painter Bona Tibertelli de Pisis and her erotic fusions of men, women and molluscs.

    Special Features:
    Special Edition Contents:

    New high definition digital transfers of the feature and the shorts
    Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
    Optional English subtitles
    Introduction by film critic Peter Bradshaw
    Venus on the Half-Shell (1975)
    The Making of The Beast : camera operator Noël Véry provides a commentary on footage shot during the film s production
    Frenzy of Ecstasy, a new visual essay on the evolution of Borowczyk s beast and the sequel that never was, Motherhood
    Theatrical trailer
    Reversible sleeve featuring original poster design
    Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Daniel Bird and archive pieces by David Thompson and Craig Lapper, illustrated with original stills

    Audio Tracks:
    Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio

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    Directed By:
    Walerian Borowczyk

    Written By:

    Sirpa Lane
    Lisbeth Hummel
    Elisabeth Kaza

    Director of Photography:
    Bernard Daillencourt
    Marcel Grignon

    Walerian Borowczyk

    Anatole Dauman

    Arrow Academy

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