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Beasts of no nation / Netflix presents a Red Crown production in association with Participant Media, Levantine Films and Mutressa Movies & Primary Productions and Parliament of Owls production.

Fukunaga, Cary Joji, 1977- (director, producer (p.g.a.), screenwriter). Kaufman, Amy (producer (p.g.a.)). Lundberg, Daniela Taplin (producer (p.g.a.)). Marker, Riva, 1978- (producer (p.g.a.)). Crown, Daniel (producer). Elba, Idris (producer, actor). Iweala, Uzodinma (author). Romer, Dan (composer). Egyiawan, Kurt (actor). Akuwudike, Jude (actor). Quaye, Emmanuel Nii Adom (actor). Attah, Abraham (actor). Red Crown Productions (Firm) (production company). Participant Media (funding, production associate). Levantine Films (production associate). Mutressa Movies, LLC (production associate). Primary Productions (production associate). Parliament of Owls (production associate). Netflix (Firm) (internet distributor). Criterion Collection (Firm) (USA home media distributor).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Evergreen Indiana.

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0 current holds with 1 total copy.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Part Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Alexandria-Monroe PL - Alexandria DRAMA BEA (Text) Blu-ray 37521531014720 AMPL Adult DVD New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781681438719
  • ISBN: 1681438712
  • Physical Description: 1 Blu-ray videodisc (136 minutes) : digital sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
  • Edition: Director-Approved Blu-ray Special Edition.
  • Distributor: [New York, New York] : Criterion Collection, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala.
Originally released in USA as a motion picture in 2015.
Director-Approved Blu-ray Special Edition Features: 2K digital master, approved by director Cary Joji Fukunaga, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack ● New audio commentary featuring Fukunaga and first assistant director Jon Mallard ● New documentary on the development and making of the film, featuring interviews with Fukunaga, author Uzodinma Iweala, actors Idris Elba and Abraham Ayyah, and producersAmy Kaufman, Daniela Toplin Lundberg, and Riva Marker ● New conversation between Fukunaga and film and television producer and cultural commentator Franklin Leonard ● New interview with costume designer Jenny Eagan ● Trailer ● English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing ● English descriptive audio ● PLUS: An essay by film critic Robert Daniels.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Written for the Screen and Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga ; Produced by Amy Kaufman p.g.a., Cary Joji Fukunaga p.g.a., Daniela Taplin Lundberg p.g.a., Riva Marker p.g.a., Daniel Crown, Idris Elba ; Music by Dan Romer.
Participant or Performer Note:
Starring Idris Elba, Kurt Egyiawan, Jude Akuwudike, Emmanuel "King Kong" Nii Adom Quaye, and introducing Abraham Attah as Agu.
Summary, etc.:
The nightmare of war is seen through the eyes of one of its most tragic casualties—a child soldier—in this harrowing vision of innocence lost from Cary Joji Fukunaga. Based on the acclaimed novel by Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation unfolds in an unnamed, civil-war-torn West African country, where the young Agu (Abraham Attah, in a haunting debut performance) witnesses carnage in his village before falling captive to a band of rebel soldiers led by a ruthless commander (an explosive Idris Elba), who molds the boy into a hardened killer. Fukunaga’s relentlessly roving camera work and stunning visuals—realism so intensely visceral it borders on the surreal—immerse the viewer in a world of unimaginable horror without ever losing sight of the powerful human story at its center.
Target Audience Note:
MPAA rating: Not Rated.
TV Parental Guidelines: TV-MA - Mature Audience Only.
System Details Note:
Blu-ray ; NTSC ; Region A ; 2K Digital Master ; Widescreen 2.39:1 Aspect Ratio ; requires Blu-ray player.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
For private home use only.
Language Note:
Audio: English [and Akan] 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio ; English descriptive video (DVS).
Subtitles: English.
Source of Description Note:
Title from disc surface.
Subject: Iweala, Uzodinma > Film adaptations.
Africa, West > Drama.
Child soldiers > Africa, West > Drama.
Children and war > Africa, West > Drama.
Children and violence > Africa, West > Drama.
Guerrillas > Africa, West > Drama.
Civil war > Africa, West > Drama.
War films.
Film adaptations.
Feature films.
Blu-ray discs.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Video recordings for people with visual disabilities.
Genre: War films.
Film adaptations.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Video recordings for people with visual disabilities.

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Criterion collection
Criterion collection (Blu-ray discs)

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