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    Unique ID Code: 0000010678
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    Added on: 10/11/2000 07:28
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    Twelve Monkeys (US)

    8 / 10
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    The future is history
    Certificate: R
    Running Time: 130 mins
    Retail Price: $29.98
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    A lone time traveler from the year 2035 must solve a riddle that may save his people... but it may take him to the brink of madness.

    After the world`s population is devastated by a killer virus, survivors must live in the dank underground communities. Cole "volunteers" to travel into the past to obtain a pure virus sample, thereby helping scientists develop a cure. Along the way, he crosses paths with a beautiful psychiatrist and a one-card-short-of-a-full-deck mental patient.

    But the race is on, as Cole searches for The Army Of The 12 Monkeys, a radical group linked to the deadly disease.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Feature Commentary with Director Terry Gilliam and Producer Charles Roven
    The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of 12 Monkeys (The Making Of 12 Monkeys)
    Theatrical Trailers
    Film Highlights
    Talent Bios
    Production Notes

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital 5.1 French

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Terry Gilliam

    Written By:

    Christopher Plummer
    Brad Pitt
    Madeleine Stowe
    Bruce Willis

    Casting By:
    Margery Simkin

    Soundtrack By:
    Paul Buckmaster

    Music From:
    Astor Piazzolla
    Charles Olins
    Bernard Herrmann

    Director of Photography:
    Roger Pratt

    Mick Audsley

    Costume Designer:
    Julie Weiss

    Production Designer:
    Jeffrey Beecroft

    Kelley Smith-Wait
    Charles Roven
    Lloyd Phillips
    Mark Egerton

    Executive Producer:
    Gary Levinsohn
    Robert Kosberg
    Robert Cavallo

    Universal Pictures

    Your Opinions and Comments

    7 / 10
    A horribly overrated movie. It is neither thrilling, nor interesting.
    While Brad Pitt`s performance is very good, the script lacks some key elements such as continuity and simple logic.
    The video transfer is ordinary. The movie is not spectacular to watch, but the transfer showed no compression marks at all.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is ok, but again, not spectacular.
    The menus are all static.
    The extras include a commentary and a long behind the scenes featurette. Alas, even the good extras cannot save this movie.
    Bottom line - an average minus movie that got way too much attention.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 11/11/2000 14:43
    8 / 10
    The film reflects the fears and concerns of our time. Consider the link between this film`s premise and the idea that the deadly AIDS virus somehow originated with monkeys.

    Ultimately, the film paints a bleak picture of the world`s future. The twelve monkeys turn out to be a wild goose chase and nothing can be done about the humanity destroying virus. The apocalypse ends up being invevitable and can`t be stopped (even by a guy named J.C. who had doves flying over his head).

    12 Monkeys seems to be one of those movies that people either love or hate...hardly anybody says "It was alright." I`m one of the people who loves it. I love Gilliam`s twisted vision of that particular future, and his cold treatment of that future`s past. So, if you`re like me in that you think the film is great, this is a DVD not to be missed.

    With unforgettable performances and imaginative special effects, 12 Monkeys is a modern-day classic laced with Gilliam`s trademark with and dazzling visual style."
    posted by Aslan on 24/8/2002 03:39