The Beast Must Die (Blu-ray Limited Edition) (Powerhouse Films) [UK]

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Rlease date: June 29, 2020
Purchase links: Powerhouse Films - Amazon UK - Zavvi
Price: £15.99 (Powerhouse) - £17.99 (Amazon - Zavvi)
Notes: Limited edition of 5,000 copies - Region B Locked

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INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

  • High Definition remaster
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with director Paul Annett with writer Jonathan Sothcott (2003)
  • Interview with Max J Rosenberg (2000): archival audio recording of the famed producer in conversation with Sothcott
  • The BEHP Interview with Jack Hildyard (1988): an archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the Oscar-winning cinematography in conversation with Alan Lawson
  • The BEHP Interview with Peter Tanner – Part Two, 1939–1987 (1987): an archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the acclaimed editor in conversation with Roy Fowler and Taffy Haines
  • Introduction by Stephen Laws (2020): appreciation by the acclaimed horror author
  • Directing the Beast (2003): archival interview with Annett
  • Super 8 version: cut-down home cinema presentation
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Kim Newman and David Flint trailer commentary (2017): short critical appreciation
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Neil Young, an archival article on Amicus Productions, a look at the James Blish short story which inspired the film’s screenplay, an extract from the pressbook profiling actor Calvin Lockhart, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited edition of 3,000 copies
 
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Nov 3, 2019
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The quality of the Severin disc is pretty bad.
They just announced a re-release during their next mid-year sale :
A superior 35mm pre-print element of THE BEAST MUST DIE was recently unearthed in France and made available to us. On the previous Amicus box exclusive only an old HD telecine was available of the censored TV version and the censored scenes were scanned from a 16mm print and inserted. The newly available superior element was given a brand new scan and fully restored by Studio Canal in France.

It seems Powerhouse used this new 4k remaster for their own release (according to a review I just read and to their own listing in their webstore - which has been updated accordingly since the original announcement)!
It should be better although a forum friend, who reviews discs for a website, also told me it might look a bit too dark (resulting in 'inky blacks' - common with several recent 4k remaster from Studio Canal).
 
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Print run increased from 3,000 to 5,000

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

  • New HD remaster
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with director Paul Annett and author Jonathan Sothcott (2003)
  • Interview with Max J Rosenberg (2000, 48 mins): archival audio recording of the famed producer in conversation with Sothcott
  • The BEHP Interview with Jack Hildyard (1988, 92 mins): an archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the Oscar-winning cinematographer in conversation with Alan Lawson
  • The BEHP Interview with Peter Tanner – Part Two, 1939–1987 (1987, 81 mins): an archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the celebrated editor in conversation with Roy Fowler and Taffy Haines
  • Introduction by Stephen Laws (2020, 4 mins): appreciation by the acclaimed horror author
  • Directing the Beast (2003, 13 mins): archival interview with Annett
  • Super 8 version: cut-down home cinema presentation
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Kim Newman and David Flint trailer commentary (2017, 2 mins): short critical appreciation by the genre-film experts
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard- of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive 40-page booklet with a new essay by Neil Young, an archival article on Amicus Productions, a look at the James Blish short story which inspired the film, an extract from the pressbook profiling actor Calvin Lockhart, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited edition of 5,000 copies