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The Beast: Season 1

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Patrick Swayze is back and gunning for justice as Charles Barker, an unorthodox but effective FBI veteran in THE BEAST. Though considered by many, including rookie partner agent Ellis Dove (Travis Fimmel), to be the best in the business, FBI undercover operative Barker has a style that is nothing if not unconventional. In pushing Dove to immerse himself more deeply into the characters they create, Barker makes it clear how the stresses and dangers of working undercover make normal relationships impossible. As he and his mentor are tested by cases that pit them against ruthless drug lords, dangerous arms dealers, corrupt cops and deadly killers-for-hire, Dove also struggles with his own secret: he's being asked to cooperate with an FBI investigation of Barker, who's suspected of going rogue. And as Dove is pressured to become an informant, Barker launches his own investigation into a conspiracy within the Bureau that's protecting a secret cadre of agents operating outside t


The arrival of the crime drama The Beast on DVD is bittersweet for several reasons: its release unfortunately coincides with the passing of its star, actor Patrick Swayze, who logged his last (and some of his best) hours on screen in the show, and his death brought an end to a promising series that might've endured even without him. Swayze, who was diagnosed with the pancreatic cancer that claimed his life in 2009 shortly before beginning work on The Beast, is top-billed as a seasoned FBI agent whose superiors look past his unorthodox methods due to his success rate at breaking cases. Travis Fimmel, last seen in the short-lived Tarzan series, is Swayze's new partner, a former sharpshooter whom the agency hopes to groom in the veteran agent's image. The episodes that comprise The Beast's first season are split between Swayze educating his younger partner in the finer points of two-fisted crime-solving, and Fimmel's discovery that Swayze is the subject of internal investigation for his actions. The core story has been done before, and done better (the theatrical feature Training Day, for one), but Swayze brings a palpable grit to his performance (one can recast his career along the lines of a Dick Powell, who also transitioned gracefully from song and dance to action-drama), and while the 13 episodes included on this three-disc set are a fine tribute to the breadth of his abilities, one can't watch The Beast without thinking that the actor's untimely death robbed viewers of what might have been a truly intriguing shift towards harder fare than the titles commonly associated with Swayze. Each of the 13 episodes is accompanied by a brief, by-the-books featurette that addresses aspects of the show's production; one wishes that more material could have been produced while Swayze was alive to provide for a fitting tribute. --Paul Gaita

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Special Features

13 Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes

Product Details

  • Actors: Patrick Swayze, Lindsay Pulsipher, Travis Fimmel, Kevin J. O'Connor, Larry Gilliard Jr.
  • Directors: Charles Haid, Christine Moore, Christopher Leitch, Jeremiah S. Chechik, John Badham
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 18, 2009
  • Run Time: 589 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F8KW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,120 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mark Turner on August 18, 2009
Format: DVD
It wasn't long ago that the world was made aware of Patrick Swayze's battle with cancer. Once made public, everyone speculated that he would never act again. Thank goodness someone had the decency to side up with Swayze and give him the chance with the TV show THE BEAST.

Swayze stars as FBI undercover agent Charles Barker. Barker is an agent who gets the job done no matter what it takes. If the rules need bent a little then so be it. But the scum of the Earth are the villains he tracks down and Barker makes no bones about the way he thinks they should be handled.

As the series begins we are also introduced to Ellis Dove (Travis Fimmell), a young agent just starting out in the undercover world. Ellis is being trained by Barker and Barker doesn't go easy on him. Within minutes of the shows start, he actually shoots him in the chest...twice! Sure, he's wearing a Kevlar vest but it can't feel good. Truth be told, Ellis was about to blow his cover which would have resulted in his death. The 2 shots may have hurt but in the long run they saved his life and provided a needed lesson.

The difference between the two men is obvious. Where Barker is world weary and battle scarred, a man who knows his way around the technicalities of the law and who knows how to get his man, Ellis is fresh and new. It shows in his actions and the way he looks at the job. Its showdown time with each new assignment and he's ready for action. But that attitude can get you killed rather than the job done. It will take Barker to reign in Ellis and train him so that he doesn't get himself or his partner killed.

The initial episode finds the pair searching for missiles on American soil. But it's not just the missiles that they want.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Rantings Of a Girl on July 17, 2009
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Overall this show 'wowed' me a lot more then I ever thought it would, though I was never sold on the title they chose. Surprisingly good, despite some new comers and a gritty underbelly. I believe this is the last work Patrick Swayze did, before his death from cancer, September 14, 2009.
Mr. Swayze made his acting debut in the 1983 movie 'The Outsiders' directed by Francis Ford Coppola, which also starred several other beginners, including Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Diane Lane, and Matt Dillon among others. For those interested in more about Mr. Swayze, his book is coming out September 29, 2009, aptly titled 'The Time of My Life'.
The show, Season 1, which contains thirteen episodes, originally aired on January 15, 2009, on the A&E Channel, is about a veteran FBI agent (Swayze) who gets a new partner (Travis Fimmel), and is not too excited about it. The new 'wet behind the ears' partner soon learns that his veteran partner is probably working on both sides of the fence (legal and illegal) and has to decide what to do when he gets approached to spy and rat on him (Swayze).
Great story, great troubled characters, some incredible action scenes, smart and fun dialogue, nice set design. I was truly amazed on how good it was.
Unfortunately, there is only one season. The show got canceled due to concerns about Mr. Swayze's health issues (pancreatic cancer). It's a loss to those of us that came to love the series.
While I didn't like that they canceled show, because I loved it so much, I'm glad they did now, so Mr. Swayze could have that time with family and friends before he passed on. I feel like this series was some of his best work.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Roy H. Wagner ASC on July 10, 2012
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I was the director of photography on this project. We knew that Patrick was very ill but I learned a great deal about the man and his wife during production. He refused to let anyone else do his stunts, was always incredibly kind and generous to fans. I recall one night in Chicago a car load drove by and shouted, "we love you, Patrick". With that great sense of humor he shouted back, "I'm not dead yet!" He and the entire company laughed long and hard. Looking at this project and realizing that he knew this was his last piece of work gives a greater depth to the character he played and to the honor and professionalism of the man. I highly recommend it.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By silversea86 on June 28, 2009
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The Beast was an excellent show. It was colorful, salty, adventurous. Excellent, fully committed acting all around. Patrick Swayze and Travis Fimmel hit their stride early and had great chemistry. Half a season is better than none. But it doesn't make me feel better.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Engelmann on August 8, 2009
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This show was soooo good! It was exciting! Each week I was so wrapped up in what was going on, I didn't even realize the time, it went by so fast. I couldn't wait for the next episode. I'm really sad the show won't be returning. It leaves so many questions unanswered. If you don't mind only one season and enjoy action and very interesting plots, you should buy this! I wish Patrick all the love in the world and pray for a miracle. I do hope to see Travis Fimmel in other shows or movies!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By tnmtnbreeze on August 23, 2009
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This is another side of Patrick Swayze that continues to show what an AWESOME, multi-faceted actor he is! The Beast was, and still is, one of the best television series to hit the screen and I am SO disappointed they cancelled it. Excellent from Episode 1 to Episode 13, The Beast is suspenseful and action packed...very intense! I would like to commend Travis Fimmel for his excellent portrayal of Ellis Dove....the little-bit quirky, but loyal to the end, side-kick of Charles Barker...great acting, I hope they put him in another series SOON!!

The only complaint I have of this DVD collection is WHY IN THE WORLD DIDN'T THEY INCLUDE ENGLISH SUBTITLES...it would ahve helped me tremendously!
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