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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Disturbing violent content, language, and some sexuality
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Michael Pearce
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In "Beast," Moll (Buckley) is a troubled woman, still living at home, stifled by the small island community around her. When she meets Pascal (Flynn), a free-spirited stranger, a whole new world opens up to her and she begins to feel alive for the first time, falling in love. Finally breaking free from her family, Moll moves in with Pascal to start a new life. But when Pascal is arrested as the key suspect in a series of brutal murders, Moll is left isolated and afraid and finds herself forced to make choices that will impact her life forever. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a making-of featurette (HD 07:29), a photo gallery, the theatrical trailer, upfront previews, and a digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally with Arri cameras and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is terrific. Every frame is perfectly natural in appearance. There is some effective stylization that is visually engaging. The color palette exhibits realistic hues and incredible earth tones, with the occasional strong saturated hues. Fleshtones are accurately rendered. Contrast is generally good, with natural black levels, revealing saturation, and natural highlights. Resolution is excellent throughout, especially during closeups of facial features, hair, beards, clothing fabrics and textures, such as on the exterior and interior of Moll's house. The natural earthy environments exhibit impressive realism. This is a fantastic picture that exhibits impressive naturalness and gorgeous cinematography. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with an aggressive surround presence. Vehicle sounds and rifle shots are boosted with deep bass for impact. Bass throughout is dramatic, from the rumble of rugged seas pounding the rock-laden shores to scenes of a dance club with loud music. Bass response is at times extended deep in the .1 LFE channel. Atmospherics on the island and Foley sound effects are effectively executed, which enhances soundscape and people movement realism. The music score often crescendos to sonic intensity. The music is comprised of synthesizer sounds mixed with some acoustic injections and piano. Deep bass is prominent throughout the music score. Sound effects add to the realism and dynamic impact of the soundtrack. Dialogue is frontal presence, often with good spatial integration. This is a powerfully creative soundtrack that is dramatic throughout. (Gary Reber)