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  • Actors: William L. Petersen, Karen Sillas, Charles Martin Smith, Missy Crider
  • Directors: Jeff Bleckner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Surround Sound, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00153ZR8G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,523 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Editorial Reviews

SPECIAL EXTENDED EDITION! Peter Benchley, the master of sea terror, returns with another tale of aquatic mayhem in this three hour uncut version. With almost 80 minutes of restored scenes previously edited from earlier release, this is the original version, nominated for two Prime Time Emmys. Stars William L. Petersen (CSI).

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I like bad movies, but not this bad.
Great efffects ,good acting , good story , and direction In the movie is spot on.
Cody Reeves
Buy the two disc copy way more movie and more of a better picture 2.
LG User

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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Brett R. Dick on June 19, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Wow, waited a long time for this one, and finally it is here. This is the complete unedited Mini-Series that was first broadcast on NBC. Time to get rid of the short VHS and previous DVD releases as this one is the real deal. If you bought the first DVD release I'm sure you found out it was severely edited, missing about 64 previous minutes from the original mini-series. Rejoice it is all restored here in a very nice package for a very good price. This is one of the classic rubber monster flicks of the late 1990's and is terrific fun to watch, just buy it.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Luke73 on June 17, 2008
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This release is not an official version by Universal, but under licence to a company that release rare titles called TIMELESS MEDIA GROUP. Originally they released the edit version of this 2 part mini-series of the `The Beast' . Now here is the uncut version.

Universal originally released the 2 Disc Laserdisc (2hrs 56mins Complete 2 part mini-series Uncut version) commercially in the US in 1996.

What I like about this production are the unique cast, the familiar faces; Look out for two former Australian's Soap `Home & Away' stars Les Hill and Andrew Hill (The two young divers). The drama in between especially the relationships and the blend of mild terror of the deep make this production enjoyable. The special effects are pretty impressive. The giant squid, I thought was really realistic and terrifying especially when it opens it's beak.

This was a made for TV Drama based on the book by Peter Benchley.
It was first shown on TV, Christmas 1996 here in the UK over two nights.

Now for the 2 DVD Discs itself. Firstly this was digitally recorded, both picture and stereo sound. I have the uncut version on Laserdisc released by Universal back in 1996, and as far as I can see no scenes are missing in this 2008 release. It is UNCUT. In comparison the picture quality is better than the laserdisc and is DVD quality. The original broadcast of `The Beast' was in stereo as well as the video (Edit) and Laserdiscs releases. For some reason this 2 Disc set has a mono-mix sound. Why?? If you are not bothered about the sound, this is still and enjoyable watch considering the low cost of this DVD set. It has a good menu system on both discs, but is bare bones, with no extras whatsoever.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 21, 2005
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I am sure there is a joke in this movie somewhere, because so much of it is funny. This movie is a less serious version of "It Came from Beneath the Sea." Only this time the giant squid (instead of giant octopus in "It Came from Beneath the Sea") appears interested in picking off citizens of the local town one by one. In a bout of cliché, it appears that most of the citizens the giant squid picked off probably deserved it anyway. Some did not, but that is pretty much like most movies about giant creatures.

The one person who seems to come through this movie unscathed is William Petersen, who was just a few short years away from becoming truly famous as Gil Grissom on CSI. Petersen plays Whip Dalton, a struggling fisherman who really has nothing against the giant squid, particularly if it involves dying. Whip Dalton is probably one of the few characters who was believable in this entire movie.

Actually, one other character was generally believable, and that was the giant squid. The only point in the movie where I thought there was a bit of a stretch was the pool scene, when the dead squid was floating, and then...well, I am unable to say more because that will give away one of the biggest secrets in the movie, and there are so few that you need all you can get.

The bulk of the movie surrounds a bunch of people thinking they can find and kill the giant squid. There are points where some unenlightened people disbelieve that a giant squid even exists, but ultimately they are convinced, even if the giant squid had to make a snack of them in the process. There is a lot of humor involved in hunting the squid. The movie is supposed to be serious, I think, but I was torn between being interested and laughing.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Golden Dragon on August 22, 2007
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I really loved this movie in its original TV mini series form which was played in two days when it was first shown on TV. This dvd shows that is it 120 mins, which means it is the direct transfer from the vhs version and has some really good scenes cut out of it. Like when William Petersen's character Whip Dalton gets drunk. They also cut out most of the relationship between Whip Dalton and Lt. Kathryn Marcus played by Karen Sillas which added to the story to make it well rounded. Thus, my rating of 3 stars instead of 5 stars. It is more choppy and you can see something is missing from the story.

**** To Those who distrabute and own the rights to the movie please release the UNCUT version for those of us who enjoy a well rounded story. ****

Thank you. I hope this review helps.

*Revision - For The Beast (Two-Disc Special Extended Version) - Thank You for listening and releasing the uncut version of this movie.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Luster on April 24, 2009
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Be sure to understand that many of the reviews are critical only of the edited version. Amazon unfortunately put all the reviews at both DVD locations. My review is for the two disc uncut version. Most reviewers will tell you this is a good movie based on a Peter Benchly book and to buy the extended version. William Petersen, Karen Silas, Missy Crider, along with the rest the cast do a fine job and the production values are pretty good. This may not be as exciting as Jaws, but at a slower pace it will draw you in and keep you on the edge of your seat. I give it three and a half stars since it definitely beats out Creature and Eye of the Beast or the sequels after Jaws II. Good quality two disc set with extras with plenty of replayability. If you enjoyed this, catch Jaws (30th Anniversary Edition).

The Beast (Special Extended Edition) [Blu-ray]: I can not recommend the Blu-ray. The picture and sound quality are no better than a standard DVD. I was very disappointed that it did not have the enhanced quality you typically see on Blu-ray discs. The picture size is standard screen, not widescreen, and lacks anything remotely like Blu-ray features. The Blu-ray is overpriced because the lack of being a true Blu-ray. Stick to the regular DVD until they come up with a true Blu-ray.

CA Luster
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