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  • Actors: Sirpa Lane, Lisbeth Hummel, Elisabeth Kaza, Pierre Benedetti, Guy Tréjan
  • Directors: Walerian Borowczyk
  • Writers: Walerian Borowczyk
  • Producers: Anatole Dauman
  • Format: Box set, Color, DVD-Video, Limited Edition, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • Release Date: Oct. 19 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000654ZE6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,112 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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Walerian Borowczyk's explicit and insane la Bête (The Beast) is a directly adult reflection of the sexual undertones in many fairy tales. There are segments in la Bête that are unflinching enough to be deemed pornographic but they are done in such a silly and shocking way we cannot assume that Borowcyzk's goals are to titillate. I mean come on, the film opens with a close-up of a female horse's private parts and a male horse jumps right into the mix soon thereafter. There is also a tremendous amount of (human) nudity in la Bête and while gratuitous, it does seem to be appropriate within the film, even though it isn't necessarily erotic. I don't think it is possible to categorize this movie and that in and of itself is a strength for me. From beginning to end, I had no idea what to expect.

The film takes place in the Esperance house that is awaiting a wedding between the family's son and Lucy. The family is full of chaos and everyone seems to have something to hide. Lucy becomes fascinated with the family's notorious ancestor Romilda, who apparently had a sexual encounter that Lucy reads about with a very well endowed beast in the woods nearby. Lucy imagines the experience Romilda went through graphically, and she almost seems to fantasize about the ordeal. We see the sequence almost in its entirety. It consists of Romilda (Sirpa Lane) running around gradually losing her clothes with some harpsichord music playing and eventually she succumbs to the beast's advances and gets it on with his giant prosthetic phallus. It is graphic enough that it would be nearly impossible to say it isn't shocking, but it is funny enough that the audience will laugh uncomfortably until it concludes. You certainly won't forget this sequence and there are several more memorable parts before and after.
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Okay, the first, what, 15 minutes is spent watching horses copulate. Not quite my cup of tea, but the rest of the film is.
Anyone who gives this film a low rating obviously was not aware of the director's genre. As a euro-sleaze film, it delivers up the goods way better than most others in its class. W. B. (the director) finally goes where his "Immoral Tales" failed, and by that I mean filming an erotic sequnce to completion (and boy did The Beast complete himself....many many times). It's actually quite hilarious how the beast just has to find whatever it can to rub itself against. But the beautiful lady it gets to have its way with--and the lady fantasizing the whole thing while explicitly romancing the flower--make this an erotic winner. Excellent quality picture for its age, as well. If you're into nude women and just-short-of-porn behavior, it doesn't get any better than this. This is the definitive Euro-sleaze title. Like I always say, if American actresses went this far it would be a much better world. This sort of film is--or was--apparently the norm across the water, while this is hardcore compared to what we call erotic over here.
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By A Customer on April 5 2003
Format: DVD
As legend has it, Walerian Borowzcyk originally intended the short version of "The Beast" to be part of his compilation film "Immoral Tales". Due to the nature of "The Beast", it was cut from the original film and put on the back-burner till Borowczyk decided to turn it into a full-length feature. I feel this decision was a poor one. The short version of "The Beast" is the best thing about this film, which essentially tries to pad out the original's 20 minute running time to an hour and a half. This wouldn't be so bad if the padding weren't so boring. Aside from the rose-masturbation scene, which is intercut with "flashbacks" to the short film, there really is not much else that would make this a worthwhile purchase for fans of erotic cinema. The notorious scenes of horse-copulation are distasteful and verge on disgusting for anyone not turned on by beastiality. Instead of this "hype" film, I would recommend you take a look at Radley Metzger's "The Image", another controversial film that actually goes beyond "The Beast" as far as inclusion of graphic content. As an added bonus, all the sex in "The Image" is of the human variety.
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By A Customer on March 14 2003
Format: DVD
You don't buy this movie for the plot lines; in fact, there is sort of a jumble, but one part comes clear. The mental health medications for just about everyone in this movie are out of adjustment. Everyone has problems, but many of them are humorous. As one might expect from a French movie, the Church certainly gets its share of 'digs' with the priest and his covy of young boys. The women, who are naked a lot, are attractive (not silicone endowed) and fun to watch. The copulating horses get a bit tiresome, but the 'Beast" is perhaps the greatest special effect job since the Ed Wood movies. Almost on par with the fishbowl/ape costume of a science fiction movie some years ago. Perhaps the best part, and most predictable, is the flashback scene when the young woman runs off into the woods; naturally all her clothes get torn off, and the beast attacks her. That was fun to watch, and perhaps worth the price of the DVD. Not Oscar caliber, but some mild fun. A good DVD to watch when the weather is bad outside.
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This is seriousley naughty stuff.The sex sequences are very graphic,almost hardcore,but the beast in the title is laughable effects looking like a cross between a gorilla and bear suit.It also begins with a sequence of two horses mating witch is fairly disgusting,but no different to what you see on Natural history programs everyday i suppose.The weird story revolves aruond a family in a country mansion where in the past a female owner of the manor,the lady or whatever,ventured into the nearby woods and began having sex with a monster that lurks in the woods eating lambs etc.There is other stuff going on,but the when the sex started was the only time i was really paying attention.LIke i say,the beast is fairly ridiculous and the sex not really'erotic' but i have never really seen anything like this,so it gets five stars just for being so surreal and daring to do what it does.You can see why it is a cult film.Picture is good,sound passable but the dvd is empty bar just the film.But it is worth a look.
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