Beasts of no nation / written for the screen & directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga.

Video/Projected medium
  • DVD edition.
  • Director-approved two-DVD special edition.
  • [New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2021]
  • ©2021
2 videodiscs (136 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 insert (12 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 19 x 70 cm, folded to 12 x 19 cm)


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Library of Congress genre(s)
  • 4 3/4 in.
  • polychrome rdacc
  • color
  • stamping rdapm
Summary note
"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"--Container.
  • Originally produced as a motion picture in 2015.
  • Based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala.
  • 2.39:1 wide screen.
  • Features: 2K digital master, approved by director Cary Joji Fukunaga; 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 Attah, and producers Amy Kaufman, Daniela Taplin 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; An essay by film critic Robert Daniels.
Creation/​Production credits
Casting by Harrison Nesbit ; music supervisor, Tracy McKnight ; music by Dan Romer ; production designer Inbal Weinberg ; costume designer, Jenny Eagan ; editors, Mikkel E.G. Nielsen, Pete Beaudreau ; director of photography, Cary Joji Fukunaga.
Rights and reproductions note
Home use only.
Idris Elba, Kurt Egyiawan, Jude Akuwudike, Emmanuel "King Kong" Nii Adom Quaye, Abraham Attah.
Language note
English and some Akan with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH) and English descriptive audio.
  • 9781681438726 ((DVD))
  • 1681438720 ((DVD))
Publisher no.
  • CC3290D
  • CC3290D-1--CC3290D-2
Universal Product Code
  • 715515263610
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