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Don Coscarelli's cult favorite The Beastmaster comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in DTS 6.1 and DD-EX Surround. Supplemental materials include an audio commentary with the director and the screenwriter, Paul Pepperman. In addition, this THX-certified disc contains behind-the-scenes footage, a theatrical trailer, production art, talent bios, a poster gallery, and a still photo gallery. ...
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Don Coscarelli's cult favorite The Beastmaster comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in DTS 6.1 and DD-EX Surround. Supplemental materials include an audio commentary with the director and the screenwriter, Paul Pepperman. In addition, this THX-certified disc contains behind-the-scenes footage, a theatrical trailer, production art, talent bios, a poster gallery, and a still photo gallery. This DVD has almost everything any Beastmaster fan could want.
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Special Features

Widescreen presentation [1.85:1] enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Audio commentary with co-writer/director Don Coscarelli and co-writer/producer Paul Pepperman; Theatrical trailer; Behind-the-scenes footage; Original production art; Poster and still galleries; Talent bios
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Don Coscarelli's follow-up to his horror hit Phantasm lacks the polish and consistency to reach the epic heights it aspires to, but still has plenty to offer the cult film fanatic. The script often lacks coherence (just how does Maax's witch sneak into the king's chamber?) but moves at a breathless pace that delivers plenty of action and all the necessary ingredients of a good pulp adventure: a stoic hero, colorful sidekicks, a hissable villain, and plenty of cliff-hanging action sequences. The Beastmaster also benefits from an array of colorful performances. Marc Singer makes a likable unpretentious hero, John Amos provides solid support as the ever-stoic Seth, and Rip Torn delivers a thoroughly over-the-top interpretation of Maax that perfectly suits the pulpy material. The only weak performance comes from Tanya Roberts, who is fetching but a bit wooden as Kiri. Coscarelli directs the material with a solid eye for budget-priced spectacle and creates some often surprisingly spooky moments, the best being a unsettling night scene where Dar stumbles upon a lair of creepy bat-people. The special effects vary in quality, with the visual effects working quite nicely, but some of the makeup effects (most notably Maax's nose) looking a bit rubbery. However, the photography by regular Stanley Kubrick cinematographer John Alcott is quite stunning and Lee Holdridge's symphonic score lends the right touch of epic grandeur. All in all, The Beastmaster may seem a bit quaint and hastily crafted to modern eyes, but it remains a swashbuckling treat for anyone nostalgic for Hercules-styled pulp epics.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • UPC: 013131201598
  • Original Release: 1982
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Thx
  • Sound: THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital Surround EX
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Singer Dar
Tanya Roberts Kiri
Rip Torn Maax
John Amos Seth
Josh Milrad Tal
Roi Loomis King Zed
Ben Hammer Young Dar's Father
Ralph Strait Sacco
Janet de May Witchwoman #1
Janet Jones Witchwoman #3
Tony Epper Jun Leader
Vanna Bonta Zed's Wife
Paul Reynolds Tils
Bruce Barbour Marauder
Linda Smith Kiri's Friend
Larry Randles Death Guard Rider
Jeremy Whelan Jun Priest
Hank Hooker Jun Priest
Thomas Huff Jun Priest
Hugh Armstrong Jun Priest
Mike Kirton Jun Priest
Gary McLarty Jun Priest
Eddie Hice Jun Priest
Billy Jayne Young Dar
Technical Credits
Don Coscarelli Director, Screenwriter
John Alcott Cinematographer
Conrad E. Angone Production Designer
Tom Benko Production Manager
Donald P. Borchers Associate Producer
Steve M. Boyum Stunts
Hank Calia Stunts
Erik Cord Stunts
Kerrie Cullen Stunts
Frank DeMarco Special Effects
David R. Ellis Stunts
Gary Epper Stunts
Roger George Special Effects
Bill Hart Stunts
Lee Holdridge Score Composer
Gary Jensen Stunts
Gray Johnson Stunts
Fred Lerner Stunts
Betty Pecha Madden Costumes/Costume Designer
Mike McGaughy Stunts
John Meier Stunts
Bob Minor Stunts
Frank Orsatti Stunts
Paul Pepperman Producer, Screenwriter
Chuck Picerni Jr. Stunts
Jon Conrad Pochron Stunts
Roberto Quezada Production Manager
R.A. Rondell Stunts
James Sbardellati Asst. Director
Sylvio Tabet Executive Producer
Bob Terhune Stunts
Buddy Van Horn Stunts
Roy Watts Editor
George Wilbur Stunts
Jerry Wills Stunts
Henry Wills Stunts
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/Main Titles [1:35]
2. The Prophecy [4:19]
3. Unholy Ritual [5:05]
4. Dar's Power [4:41]
5. Attack Of The Juns [5:17]
6. Circle Of Fire [4:51]
7. The Beastmaster [5:08]
8. Eye Of The Tiger [3:51]
9. Kiri [4:27]
10. Nest Of The Birdmen [4:19]
11. Human Sacrifice [5:46]
12. Assassins [4:46]
13. To The Rescue [4:03]
14. "They know my thoughts,I know theirs" [5:22]
15. Battle by the Shore [5:13]
16. Pyramid of Terror [4:42]
17. Death Guard Rampage [2:49]
18. Escape from the Temple [:38]
19. Gates of Death [2:02]
20. Dar and Kiri [5:17]
21. Sacrifice at Sunset [4:11]
22. The Death of Maax [3:37]
23. Flames of Wrath [3:37]
24. Beastmaster Triumphant [6:00]
25. The New King [4:42]
26. End Credits [4:40]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Extras
      Trailer
      Behind The Scenes Footage
      Commentary/Audio Setup
         Dolby Digital Surround Ex
         Dts Es
         Dolby Surround 2.0
         Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Don Coscarelli and Co-Writer/Director Paul Pepperman
      Production Art,Posters & Still Galleries
         Original Production Art
         Behind the Scenes
         Production Stills
         Posters and Advertising
      Talent Bios
         Co-Writer/Director Don Coscarelli
         Co-Writer/Director Paul Pepperman
         Marc Singer
         Tanya Roberts
         Rip Torn
   THX Optimizer
      Audio Tests
      Video Tests
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is good, but.......

    This movie had a lot of quality, what with the talking money and back-talking robot, but I must say that the Beastmaster could have done more with his beastiness. I would have made that jaguar do a lot more tricks and scratch my enemies real hard. I didn't really think it necessary for the main characters to have so much clothes on. I would have liked to have seen the bird people turn more bad guys into goo and maybe the beasmaster morph into a camel or something. I don't know. My God, we have to do something to jazz things up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Magic, love, swords, monsters, warriors, warrioress, animals.

    Magic, love, swords, monsters, warriors, warrioress, animals.

    This movie has them all put together in a grand adventure.
    This is entertainment for any one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Like The Animals

    I am always sceptacule of "beast vs. man" movies or where a man can communicate with animals, but the animals usually when me over. The plot line in this movie is more thicker than the other said movies and with its cult following, it will remain enduring for awhile.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A magical movie....

    If you like movies, where the nice views, and the great sounds mixtures with a good story about many things, like honor, loyalty, kindness, true love and hope, you can´t leave this world without seeing it, my senses always were filled everytime I had the luck to see the movie...the only one good from the trilogy, the first one...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2002

    Beastmaster: Escapist Fantasy

    This is the best of the three Beastmaster movies. The others seem to have been produced as a way for the creators to cash in,with poorly produced re-makes in a similar vein. The Beastmaster is a diverting and enjoyable Sword and Sorcery film which at moments seems to make fun of itself and the genre which spawned it. For all this however, it is fun to watch and has it's moments. Marc Singer as Dar, doesn't look bad either which can't hurt especially with female viewers.

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