The Beast Must Die

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Overview

Dark Sky has assembled another solid DVD for an Amicus title with this edition of The Beast Must Die. The video transfer is an improvement over prior domestic editions of this title, boasting an anamorphic, letterboxed transfer with solid color and detail levels. It does a nice job of cleaning up the day-for-night scenes that were hard to see in past video versions of this title. In terms of audio, it sticks to the original mono mix for the film, and this soundtrack offers a good balance of dialogue, effects, and...
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Overview

Dark Sky has assembled another solid DVD for an Amicus title with this edition of The Beast Must Die. The video transfer is an improvement over prior domestic editions of this title, boasting an anamorphic, letterboxed transfer with solid color and detail levels. It does a nice job of cleaning up the day-for-night scenes that were hard to see in past video versions of this title. In terms of audio, it sticks to the original mono mix for the film, and this soundtrack offers a good balance of dialogue, effects, and music. Dark Sky's release of this disc also imports some nice extras used on the U.K. disc of this film -- namely, a commentary and an interview featurette that both focus on director Paul Annett. There's an overlap of information in the two supplements, but Annett makes for an engaging subject, particularly on the commentary, where he lays out a lot of interesting trivia and on-the-set stories genre fans will be amused by the tales of other actors considered for this film. The extras are rounded out by a set of trailers for other Dark Sky/Amicus DVDs and some concise bios of the cast and crew members. All in all, this DVD offers a great way for horror fans to acquaint themselves with this horror oddity.
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Special Features

Commentary by director Paul Annett; Theatrical trailers; Still gallery; Cast and crew biographies; Liner notes; Paul Annett's tribute to Peter Cushing; "Directing 'The Beast!'" featurette
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Editorial Reviews

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The non-anthology output of Amicus Productions tended to be hit-and-miss, but The Beast Must Die is an interesting if lightweight horror-mystery hybrid from the studio. The script derives its inspiration from The Most Dangerous Game, Ten Little Indians, and any number of werewolf films to create its own offbeat hybrid of thrills and chills. It is sometimes a bit too reliant on talk over action, but the amusing, often dishy dialogue helps the story also boasts an endearingly kitschy "werewolf break" gimmick that is right out of the William Castle playbook. Director Paul Annett's work isn't quite stylish enough to capitalize on the film's offbeat mix of genres, but he unfurls the storyline at a steady clip and makes great use of a stellar cast. Said cast is probably the film's biggest hook; Calvin Lockhart delivers an engagingly hammy performance as the film's master hunter, while Peter Cushing lends a subtle but charismatic presence as the story's resident scientist, and Tom Chadbon steals a few scenes as the wiliest of the guests. Charles Gray, Anton Diffring, and Marlene Clark are given less to do, but all do solid work and their presence is likely to up the interest level for B-movie fans. In short, The Beast Must Die is modest but entertaining stuff. It might be a little too old-fashioned for younger viewers, but veteran horror fans are likely to be amused.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2006
  • UPC: 030306771496
  • Original Release: 1972
  • Rating:

  • Source: Dark Sky Films
  • Region Code: 0
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,261

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carl Bohun 1st Hunter
Sam Mansaray Butler
Eric Carte 2nd Hunter
Tom Chadbon Paul Foote
Marlene Clark Caroline Newcliffe
Peter Cushing Dr. Christopher Lundgren
Anton Diffring Pavel
Michael Gambon Jan Jamokowksi
Charles Gray Bennington
Calvin Lockhart Tom Newcliffe
Andrew Lodge Pilot
Ciaran Madden Davina Gilmore
Technical Credits
Paul Annett Director
John Dark Producer
Douglas Gamley Score Composer
Jack Hildyard Cinematographer
Richard Jenkins Asst. Director
Ken Ritchie Sound/Sound Designer
Max Rosenberg Producer
John Stoll Art Director
Milton Subotsky Producer
Peter Tanner Editor
Michael Winder Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Beast Must Die
1. Opening Credits [2:56]
2. Intercept and Kill [7:20]
3. The Hunter [3:32]
4. Werewolf Among Us [3:14]
5. The Hunt [8:11]
6. Werewolf Expert [6:56]
7. Wolf Bane [4:24]
8. Constant Surveillance [8:32]
9. Security Breach [9:21]
10. Suspects [9:51]
11. Beastly Encounter [6:45]
12. Escape Attempt [3:42]
13. Werewolf Break [3:06]
14. Silver Test [6:35]
15. Bit by the Wolf [6:35]
16. End Credits [1:53]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Beast Must Die
   Play
   Chapter Selection
   Special Features
      Photo Gallery
      Theatrical Trailers: The Beast Must Die
      Theatrical Trailers: And Now the Screaming Starts!
      Theatrical Trailers: Asylum
      Commentary With Director Paul Annett: On
      Commentary With Director Paul Annett: Off
      Directing the Beast
      Biographies
         Paul Annett
         Peter Cushing
         Anton Diffring
         Charles Gray
         Calvin Lockhart
         Max Rosenberg & Milton Subotsky
   Set-up
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
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