Beautiful Creatures

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Overview

Lena has just moved to the small, Southern town of Gatlin, where the only person who seems to understand her -- or dream of bigger places or ideas -- is a cute guy named Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), who recognizes her instantly from the cryptic dreams he's been having every night. Lena is an orphan, and she's come to stay with her mysterious uncle, Macon Ravenwood (Irons), the patriarch of her powerful family. Powerful, because The Ravenwood clan are Casters, born with powers that ordinary mortals don't have, ...
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Overview

Lena has just moved to the small, Southern town of Gatlin, where the only person who seems to understand her -- or dream of bigger places or ideas -- is a cute guy named Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), who recognizes her instantly from the cryptic dreams he's been having every night. Lena is an orphan, and she's come to stay with her mysterious uncle, Macon Ravenwood (Irons), the patriarch of her powerful family. Powerful, because The Ravenwood clan are Casters, born with powers that ordinary mortals don't have, like the ability to move objects, control the elements, and even step out of normal space and time to communicate only with each other. But just as Lena feels ready to open up to Ethan, she discovers that their love is in imminent danger, because when female Casters turn 16, their destiny as either good or evil is revealed. Unwilling to let her nature be dictated by forces outside her control, Lena and Ethan set out together to uncover the strange, secret lore of their families' intertwined histories dating back to the Civil War, and figure out how to grant Lena the power to choose her own destiny.
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Special Features

Blu-ray special features:; Book to screen: learn how the filmmakers adapted this wildly popular book series into a film; The Casters: find out who is light and dark, who has control over the elements and who has the power of manipulation; Between two worlds: see why the sleepy southern town of Gatlin is the perfect backdrop for this supernatural love story; Forbidden romance: explore Lena and Ethan's romance and how outside forces threaten to separate them; Altenate worlds: director Richard LaGravenese and the VFX team show how the Casters live alongside humans but in their own world; Beautiful Creatures: designing the costumes: costume designer Jeffrey Kurland and the cast explain how wardrobe influenced the tone of the film; Icons by Margaret Stohl (book trailer); Plus: deleted scenes and theatrical trailers
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Editorial Reviews

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Tween girls and sexually unsatisfied adult women, gird your loins -- it's time for another epically romantic teen-fantasy franchise, and this one is really good: Beautiful Creatures. If Twilight made your heart go pitter-patter, you'll probably love this movie. Interestingly, if Twilight made you vomit, you might also love this movie. Because while it's just as passionate and sappy, it's nowhere near as crappy. That's not an affront to Twilight exactly. Okay, well, maybe it is. But clearly, Twilight did just fine without particularly concerning itself with issues of quality filmmaking. It was meant to make its audience line up outside the theater in homemade T-shirts, and its zillion-dollar box-office gross proves that in this respect, it totally succeeded. But for what it's worth and that would be a lot if you were part of the vomit crowd from above, Beautiful Creatures does concern itself with quality. In between the longing looks and stolen kisses there's great acting the supporting cast include Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, and Viola Davis and solid writing, not to mention a way better underlying message behind all the dramatic declarations of true love and destiny. And it's about time that a supernatural-fantasy movie aimed squarely at teenage girls told a story in which the character with the fantastically supernatural powers is, in fact, a teenage girl. The girl in question is Lena Duchannes Alice Englert. She's just moved to the podunk South Carolina town of Gatlin and enrolled at the local high school, which is unsurprisingly run by gossipy, small-minded mean girls. The only person who gets her -- or dreams of bigger places or ideas -- is a cute guy named Ethan Wate Alden Ehrenreich, who recognizes her instantly from the cryptic dreams he's been having every night. Lena is an orphan, and she's come to stay with her mysterious uncle, Macon Ravenwood Irons, a stately Southern gentleman who lives in a mansion outside of town. His storied family founded Gatlin, and we soon figure out why: Mystical families in these movies are always quietly rich and powerful, right? The Ravenwood clan are Casters, born with powers that ordinary mortals don't have, like the ability to move objects, control the elements, and even step out of normal space and time to communicate only with each other. For this reason, the red-hot spark of Lena and Ethan's love is in imminent danger. Lena is about to turn 16, and when female Casters reach that age, their destiny as either good or evil is revealed. Male Casters can choose, but for some reason, females can't. Go figure. So Lena and Ethan set out together to uncover the strange, secret lore of their families' intertwined histories dating back to the Civil War, and figure out how to grant Lena the power to choose her own destiny. You can already see that this movie has something going for it: The protagonist is self-directed. The whole plot hinges on Lena deciding her own fate and not accepting the identity that's handed to her. You could draw a parallel to real life pretty easily, right? Plenty of girls today feel like they're barely in control of the role others dictate for them. And women for all of time have had to deal with the idea that whether you've been cast as the Good Girl or the Bad Girl, you rarely get to choose and you can't be both. There are some other smart issues at play in the movie too, like mothers feeling jealous of their beautiful, budding daughters, the fact that willful ignorance does nothing to protect you from evil, and of course, that true love is about finding someone who accepts both your dark and light sides. But hey, that's just one reading of it. Beautiful Creatures doesn't harp on any subtext, yet what's there to imbibe is pretty good. It's also full of bonkers fun, complete with a weird, fancifully dressed extended family who get into dinner-table squabbles that result in cosmic tornadoes. And the ancient, powerful Uncle Macon is delightedly obsessed with Google. Frankly, this movie is better than Twilight. Die-hard fans may not agree, but sheepish fans who loved it despite thinking "I am too smart for this" certainly will. So let's go ahead and call Beautiful Creatures the smart guy/gal's Twilight. It was also based on a book series, but unlike its competition, Beautiful Creatures is a good fit for viewers who have read other books too.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2013
  • UPC: 883929269372
  • Original Release: 2013
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:04:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 24,049

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alden Ehrenreich Ethan Wate
Alice Englert Lena Duchannes
Jeremy Irons Macon Ravenwood
Viola Davis Amma
Emmy Rossum Ridley
Thomas Mann Link
Emma Thompson Mrs. Lincoln, Sarafine
Eileen Atkins Gramma
Margo Martindale Aunt Del
Zoey Deutch Emily Asher
Tiffany Boone Savannah Snow
Rachel Brosnahan Genevieve Duchannes
Kyle Gallner Larkin Ravenwood
Pruitt Taylor Vince Mr. Lee
Robin Skye Mrs. Hester
Randy Redd Reverend Stephens
Lance E. Nichols Mayor Snow
Leslie Castay Principal Herbert
Sam Gilroy Ethan Carter Wate
Cindy Hogan Mrs. Asher
Gwendolyn Mulamba Mrs. Snow
Cole Burden Union Captain
Billy Wheelan Union Soldier
Christopher Darby Train Teen
Technical Credits
Richard LaGravenese Director, Screenwriter
Aaron Schultz Animator
Brad Arensman Associate Producer
Yolanda Cochran Executive Producer
Lorin Flemming Art Director
Allison Gordin Makeup
Michelle C. Harmon Set Decoration/Design
Jordan Harris Animator
Dhani Harrison Score Composer
Jeffrey Haupt Sound Mixer
Paul Hicks Score Composer
Garrett Jacobs Set Decoration/Design
Broderick Johnson Producer
Andrew Kosove Producer
Jeffrey Kurland Costumes/Costume Designer
Matt Kutcher Special Effects Supervisor
John Marquis Sound/Sound Designer
Benjamin Mattern Animator
Wright McFarland Set Decoration/Design
Molly Mickler-Smith Producer
David Moritz Editor
Chris Perkowitz Animator
Mary Ramos Musical Direction/Supervision
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
Jonathan Sadoff Score Composer
Walter Schneider Set Decoration/Design
Walter Schneider Set Decoration/Design
Richard Sherman Production Designer
Margery Simkin Casting
Donald Sparks Asst. Director
Erwin Stoff Producer
TheNewNo2 Score Composer
David Valdes Producer
Steven P. Wegner Co-producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 Beautiful Creatures
1. Scene 1 [9:37]
2. Scene 2 [8:27]
3. Scene 3 [9:58]
4. Scene 4 [10:41]
5. Scene 5 [10:46]
6. Scene 6 [13:13]
7. Scene 7 [8:15]
8. Scene 8 [8:52]
9. Scene 9 [8:36]
10. Scene 10 [9:04]
11. Scene 11 [14:36]
12. Scene 12 [5:07]
13. Scene 13 [6:17]
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Menu

Disc #1 Beautiful Creatures
   Play
   Scene Selections
   Lanaguages
      Audio
         English
         Français
         Español
      Subtitles
         English (For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing)
         Français
         Español
         Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Deleted Scenes
         Ridley Entices Link
         Ethan Calls on Emily
         Caster Party
         Movie Theater
      ICONS by Bargaret Stohl (Book Trailer)
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

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    What it lacks in clarity it makes up for in charm!

    Beautiful Creatures is a coming of age story, only what sets it apart is the tinge of paranormal romance. My biggest problem with the movie is that it's difficult to discern how much time has passed between scenes and timing is critical. Also, it felt like huge chunks of vital information were missing in places though I am aware this could be because I haven't read the book. Other than that though, the movie has a ton of potential and I was able to overlook many of it's smaller flaws.The strength of this movie lay in its amazing cast. Alden Ehrenreich (as Ethan) exudes this warm goofiness that endeared him to my heart. He's believable as the small-town guy with big dreams and the chemistry he shared with Englert was palpable. Alice Englert (as Lena) played the tempramental teen to perfection which is fitting for both the character's age and her precarious situation. She is, simply put, stunning. I also thought Jeremy Iron's (as Macon Ravenwood) performance was as equally powerful as his eccentric character. The only surprising performance that fell a bit flat for me was Emma Thompson's. As incredibly talented as she is, I thought she was a bit too over-the-top for my liking and it felt too theatrical for the grim nature of her character. All in all, the cast shined and played off eachother so well. If the actors don't appease you in Beautiful Creatures, the setting sure will. LaGravenese painted a perfect picture of the lazy Southern small town. The cinematography is haunting and ominous and magical and it plays well to the overall tone of the movie. I think it's interesting how LaGravenese tried hard not to rely too much on CGI SFX, instead, forgoing the green screen in favour of more traditional methods --- it is well noted and much appreciated! Overall, I did enjoy the movie despite being hard to follow and I'm eager to read the book series. It's a good one, just not perfect. With a bit more clarity this one would have most certainly been a winner!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    I love, love, love this movie whether it's true to the book, I d

    I love, love, love this movie whether it's true to the book, I don't know. I haven't had a chance to read it though I've wanted to and when the movie was the only good thing on the hotel, of course I watched it. It was about 35 minutes in to the movie but I could keep my eyes off the screen. I found myself so in love with the movie, I had to watch the beginning and when I got to the part I had started watching on I still couldn't stop. I can't wait to read the book.

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

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    I enjoyed this book series for the most part. It wasn't great, b

    I enjoyed this book series for the most part. It wasn't great, but it was entertaining, and I really liked some of the characters. This movie was a terrible reflection of the book. I don't think someone that hadn't read the novels could even have followed the story. The casting was a mistake in almost every case. This was a huge disappointment. I suggest anyone finding themselves interested in this story, skip the film and simply enjoy the novels. No wonder it seemed to flop in the the theatres.

    Michael Travis Jasper, Author of the Novel "To Be Chosen"

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    I think it is overall a good movie> Ethan is by far my favori

    I think it is overall a good movie> Ethan is by far my favorite character, smart and charming, what girl wouldn't fall for him. I must admit, I enjoyed the movie a lot more than the book.

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