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    Quote Originally Posted by WillemClaeys View Post
    Where did you buy this box?
    I haven't got my 'bought' copy yet - just review copies

    I revisited THE BEAST last night. It's the first time I've seen the 98 minute version (I've only seen the 94 minute edit of that film before); the difference between the 98 and 94 minute cuts is by the by. Such a great film though, and the presentation on this disc is first class. Bradshaw's introduction is very good; the documentary is excellent.
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    I'm not one to spam the boards with links to the gubbins I write (like anyone's ever interested in reading my ramblings ), but here's a linky to my review of Arrow's Blu-ray release of LA BETE/THE BEAST with some screengrabs and info about the release (runtime is 98:21, for anyone interested): http://dvdcompare.net/review.php?rid=3362




    I'll be tackling the other Borowczyk releases this week, but I don't think they'll run to the length of this review (6,000 words. Whew!)
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    I'm not one to spam the boards with links to the gubbins I write
    Spam away I say. We're here to read about films after all. I'm totally not on the Borowczyk wavelength and don't get alot from his films but I enjoyed the write up all the same. Fasinating stuff.

    Didn't know about the origin of nightmare though obviously I've seen paintings of the little goblin before. On the Gothic cover come to think of it.
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    Great stuff Paul. The Voltaire quote at the beginning of the film and the films obsession with dreams is pretty crucial to the film as you pointed out. I remember hearing Daniel Bird say that at the time he was writing The Beast Boro was very much into Freud and considered the film to be about the "mechanism of dreams" more than anything else. While its not my favorite Boro film its nonetheless an always entertaining watch and its still fascinating to see the various reactions of first time viewers.
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    A great review Paul, very good read indeed.

    An internet acquaintance and I cobbled together our own short run-through of the film (I added the majority of the factual narrative)...some of which you may not know :

    http://www.pre-cert.co.uk/martin/viz...s_ecstasy.html

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    Yeah, Paul, never feel like you shouldn't link something you've written. We know you're not hear to spam, it's all good. I'm really looking forward to re-evaluating a lot of this stuff in HD. Haven't watched The Beast in years and I'm sure I'll have a different read on it now than I did then. Sounds like Arrow did great work, which is good because that set wasn't cheap!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom D
    Didn't know about the origin of nightmare though obviously I've seen paintings of the little goblin before. On the Gothic cover come to think of it.
    Yep, it cropped up on the cover of Russell's GOTHIC; I think the painting was used on the cover of Frayling's THE BIRTH OF HORROR too, Dom, if I remember correctly.
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    Yeah, Paul, never feel like you shouldn't link something you've written. We know you're not hear to spam, it's all good. I'm really looking forward to re-evaluating a lot of this stuff in HD. Haven't watched The Beast in years and I'm sure I'll have a different read on it now than I did then. Sounds like Arrow did great work, which is good because that set wasn't cheap!
    Rest assured, when it arrives, it's worth both the pennies and wait, Ian

    I've almost worked my way through the set. I've just finished a review of BLANCHE (http://dvdcompare.net/review.php?rid=3363) with some screenies; my regular job-type job keeps me from giving the BLANCHE review another once-over, but I think (hope) it's error free.

    I'm uniformly impressed with the whole set. Everything about these discs (from the presentation of the films themselves to the contextual material) speaks of care and dedication.

    Some BLANCHE screenies:


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    Next review from the set: GOTO, ISLE OF LOVE

    http://dvdcompare.net/review.php?rid=3367



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    Fuckin Zavvi just cancelled the pre-order I placed months ago.

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    Fuckin Zavvi just cancelled the pre-order I placed months ago.

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