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Beastly [Blu-ray] (2010)

Alex Pettyfer , Vanessa Hudgens , Daniel Barnz  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, Peter Krause, Lisa Gay Hamilton
  • Directors: Daniel Barnz
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZG9760
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,432 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beastly [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

"Be Mine" Music Video by Kristina and the Dolls
Alternate Ending
Deleted Scenes
A Classic Tale Retold: The Story of Beastly
Creating the Perfect Beast

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Seventeen-year-old Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) is the spoiled, shallow and incredibly popular prince of his high school kingdom. Kyle foolishly chooses Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen), a witch masquerading as a high school student, as his latest target for humiliation. In order to teach Kyle a lesson, Kendra transforms him into someone as unattractive on the outside as he is on the inside. Now he has one year to find someone to love him, or he will remain Beastly forever. A quiet classmate he never noticed named Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens) may be his best chance to prove that love is never ugly.

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100 of 106 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a 5 star film in my imagination. March 19, 2011
Format:DVD
Having read the book and seen the movie within a week, I'm here to say that the movie could have been so much better.

As is often the case, the book is always better than the movie. Often, for reasons unknown, the screenwriters/ directors/ producers decided what is worth keeping from the novel and what isn't. And often it is us the readers who are left disappointed with their vision.

So what left me disgruntled was this:

Why make Kyle refuse to learn in the movie? Part of the beauty of the novel was that Kyle found solace in the beauty of books and learning. I loved that he was able to relate his situation to the dark characters he connected to in classic novels. The book emphasized that Kyle went through a process where he began to care about himself as a person and cultivate his mind. Also, this process truly shows the relationship between him and his tutor and it's a very special one. In the movie- Kyle refused to learn and scoffed at books and tutoring. Not only is it a terrible message to the youth marketed for this film- but it also ruins a substantial part of the depth of this character. In the novel, one really feels that Kyle is becoming a better person by committing himself to education and relating his experience to classic literature. AND because of this new-found love- he is able to relate to Lindy and that is one of the reasons they fall in love. This was IMPORTANT! He reads Jane Eyre for the girl because she asks him too. That was a beautiful metaphor, of course, and it was just totally missed in the film.

Why change the character Sloan? In the book, Sloan was the female version of Kyle. There are essential parts of the book where Kyle learns about love and humanity by realizing that Sloan is superficial and was using him for popularity.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One for the Saps June 12, 2011
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One for the saps. Maybe it's my recent break-up talking, but I liked this one. It's ultra-romance, where the bad guy realizes the error of his ways, and the poor-girl hot-chick still manages to look pretty and stay smart despite her severe family troubles - but the film knows what it is and doesn't shy away from it. The screenwriter tried to be "hip" with the dialogue, creating his own lingo that resembles a sore thumb at times when the actors (young and hip in their own right) stumble on, rather than integrate, the new lexicon.

A highlight is Neil Patrick Harris as the blind tutor, whose frequent one-liners give the film a levity it greatly needs in order to stay away from the "I love you so much it hurts" scenario that a film like this always gravitates toward. Also a huge welcome back to Mary-Kate Olsen as the witch. Her outfits are a character all their own.

The plot is simple and stays true to the book. It would be sacrilege to turn Alex Pettyfer into a real beast, so I forgive the producers of the film for playing tame on that account. This is the type of movie teenagers see and swoon over, which brings back plenty memories of a certain Mr. DiCaprio reciting Shakespeare. I love the film for that, so if you don't mind a little sap - and Vanessa Hudgens - give it a shot.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Grown-up story, remixed for high school April 10, 2011
Format:DVD
I can't say the remix did it a lot of good. The story gets off to a shallow start, with pretty much every character acting out some stereotype. Kyle places himself squarely in a cult of personality (his), at the expense of everything that matters. Lindy (charmingly played by Vanessa Hudgens) is the earnest one, working her way up from an unfortunate start - almost a Horatio Alger character, or a character from one of those nineteenth century class-consciousness novels. One of the Olsen sisters showed up in goth drag, playing the part of the witch.

After that, the classic Beauty/Beast story plays itself out predictably: fair maiden held in isolation with The Beast, he trying desperately to break the enchantment. How this happens in modern-day New York (or something similar) stretches credulity, but I'll go along with that much for the sake of the story. The only real additions to the old fairy tale are Kyle's father - as obnoxious as Kyle, but more practiced - and his tutor, who probably shouldn't make me think of Pinocchio's Jiminy Cricket but does.

In the utterly predictable happy ending, true love blossoms. Or, I wonder, was it just Stockholm Syndrome?

Outstanding, if you're a high schooler looking for a shallow, romantic date movie - but I'm not.

-- wiredweird, reviewing the release to theaters
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tale as old as...*YAWN* August 19, 2011
Format:DVD
Beastly. First it was a book based off the tale, Beauty and the Beast. Then, when producers saw how much money it drew from the teen and tween crowd, it became a movie starring Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens.

Kyle Kingston is a self-absorbed teenager, son of a similarly self-absorbed reporter. He has been raised to admire two things in life: money and good looks. When he upsets a witch, Kendra, he is cursed with being ugly and having to find someone to love him before the year is out. Will Kyle find his true love or will he be ugly forever?

I read the book back in March and my overall thoughts were this:

"This book was a fun timewaster, but I think it could have been a lot better. I remember reading Robin McKinley's Beauty and being enchanted; years later, I hunted down the book and bought it (and have plans to reread--eventually). But I just don't see this book lasting very long, not with the very specific culture references. And we all know how long culture trends and fads last...
Now that I've read it, I think I'm probably going to sell it back; it's just not one of those books I want to keep on my shelf and reread. However, I do have plans to see the movie; hopefully, the movie will bring some new insights."

As you expect, the movie changes quite a bit, from the names of characters ("Adrian" is now "Hunter", "Magda" is now "Zola", "Kingsbury" is now "Kingston"), to the characters themselves (Sloan goes from being vapid to being just a girl downtrodden by her boyfriend), to some events (the final climax of the book is completely omitted). Some of them make sense...and some don't.

The characters range from meh to terrible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
I have not read the book, but I hear it's even better. This is the cheesiest most amazing movie in the world. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jessi
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
When the movie started out I did not know if I was going to make it throught, but as the movie went on I fell in love with it. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Daniel Mahoney
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
I've seen High School Musical so I knew how bad an actor Vanessa Hudges is, but Beastly got really painful to watch toward the end. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Alicia Latham
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice feel good movie.
Another version on the same old story, but done in a modern way. If you're expecting the original version then it may not be for you. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Blondebarbie
4.0 out of 5 stars So Ugly It's a Sweet Story
In this day and age of such extreme vanity, this movie handily tackles teenage popularity and vanity in a amusing way. Read more
Published 9 days ago by kv
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Light Viewing
Story was predictable, makeup was very good, something I would recommend to pass the time with. Not a THINKING movie.
Published 13 days ago by Joy Escolar
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Beauty & the Beast
I love this movie, great acting, it is excellent rendition of Beauty & the Beast. Every tween/teen should see this movie.
Published 25 days ago by rego
4.0 out of 5 stars Good message for teens
I really enjoyed it with my teen girls, I thought the message was a good one and the show was done in a way that was appropriate for my young daughters!!!! Read more
Published 28 days ago by Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Movie!
I wasn't sure what I would think about this movie. It's a good story and turned out to be a cute movie. The storyline is different and sets it apart. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amanda Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Great find!
I actually really enjoyed this story. From the plot to the great acting, I was pleased and truly felt for the characters. Good movie!
Published 1 month ago by Leevora
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