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Beast in Space, The (XXX Version) 
Written by: on April 25th, 2008

Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1980
Director: Al Bradley (Alfonso Brescia)
Writer: Alfonso Brescia
Cast: Sirpa Lane, Vassilli Karis, Lucio Rosato, Robert Hundar, Venantino Venantini

DVD released:
April 29th, 2008
Approximate running time:
92 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo mono Italian
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95

Synopsis: Captain Larry while out one evening drinking and seducing ladies accidently discovers a vile containing the near extinct metal Antalium. Later he is ordered by his superiors to find out where the vile of Antalium came from. Captain Larry then sets out with his crew to uncharted regions of space to the planet they believe the Antalium came from. Will Captain Larry and his crew successfully retrieve the Antalium metal or will they fall prey like everyone else who tried before them?

The Beast in Space is equal parts space opera and sex film. This oddity was directed by Alfonso Brescia who is also responsible unleashing on the world these Sci-Fi disasters War of the Robots, War of the Planets, Space Odyssey and Battle of the Stars. If you have seen any of Alfonso Brescia’s other films then you have an idea of what to expect from The Beast in Space. Brescia’s direction is inept, the set and costumes look gratuitously cheap and the acting is truly atrocious. There is even a brief nod to Star Wars when Captain Larry fights some blonde robot drones with swords that look like light sabers. The story while not as bad as the rest of the production feels draw out especially the addition of the sex scenes that never feel like they belong. The sex scenes for the hardcore version of The Beast in Space are not half bad and almost erotic.

The cast is made of performers that never really became stars and many of them also worked with director Alfonso Brescia on War of the Planets. The only cast member of note is actress Sirpa Lane whose character is tormented by a beast like creature that resembles the monster in Walerian Borowczyk’s film “The Beast”. On the surface it would appear that the producers added this similar looking beats to the plot of “The Beast in Space” in hopes of capitalizing on its connection with Sirpa Lane. There are to just many similarities to pass this one off as a coincident. This film features a spaced out score from composer Marcello Giombini under the alias Pluto Kennedy. When all is said and done The Beast in Space is bad cinema taken to another level that defies categorization.

The DVD:

The Beast is Space is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. Outside of some minor print damage this transfer looks really good considering the fact that it was sourced from the only known 35mm of the hardcore XXX version of this film.

This release comes with only one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in Italian. Removable English subtitles that are easy to follow and error free have been included. The audio mix exhibits some minor instances of hiss and the music sounds a tad too loud in some scenes. Overall while not as dynamic as it could have the mix is more than adequate.

Extras for this release consist of about three minutes of deleted hardcore footage and a trailer for the Hardcore XXX version of the film. One thing that I really enjoyed about this release is the horse sounds it makes during menu transitions. Severin Films have really gone the extra mile and then some with this alternate version of The Beast in Space. Overall the films has never looked or sounded better and you can see it in all of its hardcore glory.

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