BeastMaster is a Canadian television series that aired from 1999 to 2002. It was loosely based on a 1982 MGM film The Beastmaster. The series aired for three complete seasons (66 episodes). It is produced by Coote/Hayes Productions.
If you fall into the category of "Beastmaster fan," then the special features will titillate you. In addition to an intriguing commentary by auteur Don Coscarelli, there is a lengthy documentary called "The Saga of the Beastmaster."
Also great is the documentary "The Saga of the Beastmaster." It collects all of the cast and major crew together to pore over the production of the film and its place in Hollywood history. It begins "everything about The Beastmaster is epic. It's a heroic film and it needed a heroic level of commitment."
Cult movie trailer for the 1982 sword & sorcery classic The Beastmaster starring Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts & John Amos. For more retro trailers, rare promos, TV Spots & entertainment tidbits, be sure to subscribe to Pick of the Flicks.
Admittedly, some sequences drag a bit, particularly Dar’s ludicrous training montages that have him running through streams, swinging a thick tree branch over his head, and staring determinedly toward the horizon; and it’s impossible not to smirk each time Dar raises his voice to screech like an eagle, or has a heart-to-heart with one of his ferrets. But as the film progresses, and the story of The Beastmaster marches resolutely forward, we come to embrace each absurd moment as an integral part of the unapologetic and childish innocence of the film as a whole, and we treasure the fact that such a shamelessly entertaining movie exists at all.
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I still think there’s a kernel of worth in exploring a Beastmaster reboot, but it’s going to take a truly visionary filmmaker with a passion for refreshing the franchise. As I always try to look for added value in adapting properties (ie educating kids about geography and world culture through ), there’s an opportunity here to bring the plight of endangered and illegally hunted animals to light. Tom Hardy recently signed up to produce and star in a pair of , as well as , which more or less centers on a man protecting a puppy from his abusive owner. I’m not saying Hardy should become The Beastmaster, but I am saying that there are already projects underway that take a look at real world problems in contemporary films, so why not another one that happens to have a fantasy slant?
As much as it fails, The Beastmaster also succeeds because of it’s undeniable charm. Unlike Red Sonja and even Conan, people can relate to Dar as a protagonist being a projection of what one would look like if they inhabited a fantasy or role playing game. Can you imagine the hit dice your spray painted tiger would get or the perception bonus that would come with a damn eagle hawk? Though everything in the film only connects half of the time, The Beastmaster, as an idea, is too lovable to deny. Now, I said this without seeing the two sequels. One being the group transported to 1980 Los Angeles, the other being the Canadian TV show which aired in the late 90´s. For now, I am content with my character sheet and an easily conquerable foe. Mighty beasts, hear my painfully feeble war call.