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4.0 out of 5 stars very good; but fullscreen?
I saw this movie as kid and remember loving it; I bought it 17 years later anbd still love it. But the product description says fullscreen/widescreen... aspect ratio 1.85:1. This is good, however the version I recieved was fullscreen. Only. No option to change. Clearly this is a mistake and I hope anybody planning on buying this movie realizes that they will probably...
Published on Aug. 30 2006 by Clinton Tjensvold

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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent war pic
Predictable but well acted. Dzundza does fine work as does Patric. Dzundza's potrayal of the merciless tank commander is very well done. Check it out.
I only have one gripe with this film and it's actually only with George Dzundza. Mr. Dzundza has played more men in uniform than Dale Dye, and he looks [bad] in all of them. Mr. Dzundza should not be allowed to wear a...
Published on June 7 2002 by Phillip G. Cameron


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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, May 21 1999
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This review is from: Beast [Import] (VHS Tape)
Think Das Boot, Stalingrad with this one. Realistic mostly, well-made, but also about soldiers as people. If I recall right, this was originally a play (I saw this when it came out). Now, if the price'll just come down...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten gem, April 18 1999
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This review is from: Beast [Import] (VHS Tape)
One of the pleasures of being a film junkie is discovering films like "The Beast." Top of my list of underappreciated war films in the past twenty years, it would probably surprise many that the same director of "Waterworld" and "Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves" could produce such a beautiful statement on war. His name is Kevin Reynolds. I wish he could've made more films like this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The realism totally eclipses any staged aspects, April 4 1999
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This review is from: Beast [Import] (VHS Tape)
This is one case, at least, where the amateur critics have it right over the pros (cf Matlin review). The characters are depicted with such a degree of realism that you forget they are actors. The cinematography and musical score are excellent. There is nothing slow, ponderous or even predictable about this film. The dualities abound: the wide open spaces and the claustrophobia in the tank; the high tech materials of the pursued and the primitive weapons of the pursuers; the brutality of war and the occasional bonding among human beings. One of the top war films of recent times and a good lesson about human nature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little known and great film, Feb. 28 1999
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This movie caught me totally by suprise. I watched this movie from beginning to end without wanting to get up. This the best film of it's kind I have ever seen. A little disturbing at times, but absolutely brilliant. I didnt know much about the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, And I realize this movie was somewhat fictional, And I was totally immersed in it from start to finish. Definitely check this one out. Five star film all the way, Jason Patrick does a great job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hard-hitting, realistic film for combat buffs!, Feb. 19 1999
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I first heard of this film in 1990 when Siskel & Ebert named it one of their choices for great movies that didn't make it big at the box office. To enjoy this movie, you need to have a tough stomach (graphic violence), and an appreciation for good film making (this is NOT Rambo!!!). It's a brutally realistic film, combat-wise, but also has some soft spots in it. All-in-all, a well-rounded war film which shows the view from both sides of this brutal conflict. A "Must See!", according to me!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Beast, a classic example of a foreign unwanted Army., Nov. 23 1998
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P. J. Driscoll "Baddog44" (Waikoloa, HI USA) - See all my reviews
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The Beast is a movie I could sit and watch time and time again. The men in the tank dutifully follow the tank commander. All except one. They don't realize he is reliving his boyhood exploits as a "Russian Tank Destroyer" The cinematography in this movie is so extraordinary. The first time I saw the movie, at the end I had to take a shower,because I felt dusty, I could almost taste it. The anxiety communicated by the crew after they killed the deer was waring. I rate this movie with the Humphrey Bogart version of Sahara. While the propaganda value of Sahara was measured in Patriotic Ferver. The combative value of The Beast could be realized in the transmitted smell of fear and burning transmission fluid, it made me think of two words. "Let's Talk!" If we are able to juxtapose ourselves onto the screen as Martin Scorsese propounds. As a crew member I would have had to shoot the Tank Commander, after he cut down the Afgani Liason Officer. I would not want to wait to be next. The demons of war are bad enough without having one as a boss. baddog44@ilhawaii.net Paul Joseph Driscoll
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great war film, June 14 1998
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Perhaps the most underappreciated film of the 80's, the Beast stands out as a solid war epic, with heart, action and beautiful imagery. Set during the Soviet Union's brutal war against Afghanistan, the Beast chronicles one tank's attempts to get back to friendly lines. The conscience of the tank crew is a young soldier played by Jason Patric. Increasingly put off by the atrocities against civilians that his hardened tank commander (wonderfully played by a rather lean George Dzundza!) has them all commit, he is forced out of the tank and left to die in the Afghan desert. While waiting to die, he is set upon by the rebels, who spare his life, and accept his aid in going after his comrades' tank! There was a lot to like about the Beast. Good acting all around. Fine attention to military detail. Suspenseful, well-done action scenes. Haunting score by Mark Isham. And amazing, razor-sharp cinematography by Douglas Milsome. The images of the desert are haunting and beautifully composed. END
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