Release Date: 1/25/2005 Original Release: 2003 Format: DVD Length: 109 minutes Rating:R (MPAA) Rating Reason: strong violence and sexual content, and for pervasive language UPC: 043396089587 Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Monster 2-Disc Set, Special Edition DVD Description
Charlize Theron delivers a knockout, cast-against-type performance in this gritty drama, based on the true story of Aileen Wuornos, a down and out prostitute who was sentenced to death after killing six men between 1989 and 1990. Christina Ricci costars as Selby Wall, a lesbian runaway who forms a romantic bond with Wuornos. Inspired by her love (even though she is not gay, strictly speaking) Wuornos tries to get a real job, but after meeting with a string of humiliating failures, she returns to work as a hitchhiking hooker, killing her first victim in self-defense after he rapes and beats her. Eventually, robbing and murdering her clients becomes almost second nature and by the end Wuornos even slays a man who was totally innocent (Scott Wilson). Theron's portrayal of this dangerous yet sympathetic character ranks with some of the greatest performances in cinema. Under heavy makeup, extra weight, and a snarling countenance, she proves herself a fearless, formidable talent, completely unrecognizable from the glamorous beauty of such films as THE ITALIAN JOB (2003) and THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (1997). First-time director Patty Jenkins proves herself with this fluid and engrossing work, capturing a lot of sordid detail that other movies exploring this milieu might miss; she also wrote the script, based on actual conversations and prison letters from Wuornos. The moody, paranoia-enhancing soundtrack is by electronica maestro BT.
2-Disc Set Region [unknown] Keep Case Special Edition Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85 Audio: (unspecified) - French, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 - English DTS 5.1 - English Subtitles - French, Spanish - Optional Disc 1: Additional Release Material: Audio Commentary: Patty Jenkins - Director with Producer(s) Disc 2: Additional Release Material: Featurette: "The Vision and the Journey" Trailers: Bonus Previews Behind the Scenes: 1. Monster "Surrounded" 2. Film Mixing Demo
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