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    Unique ID Code: 0000036052
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 23/6/2002 12:13
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    Monster`s Ball (US)

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    A lifetime of change can happen in a single moment
    Certificate: R
    Running Time: 112 mins
    Retail Price: $24.99
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    A hard-hitting Southern drama tempered by a story of powerful, life-changing love. Hank (Academy Award® Winner - Billy Bob Thornton) is an embittered prison guard working on Death Row who begins an unlikely, but emotionally charged affair with Leticia (Academy Award® Winner Halle Berry), the wife of a man under his watch on The Row.

    Special Features:
    Over One Hour of Behind-The-Scenes Footage
    Audio Commentary by Director Marc Forster and Director of Photography Roberto Schaefer
    Audio Commentary by Marc Forster, Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton
    Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes and Outtakes
    IFC`s Anatomy Of A Scene

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Marc Forster

    Written By:

    Halle Berry
    Amber Rules
    Gabrielle Witcher
    Billy Bob Thornton
    Peter Boyle
    Heath Ledger
    Taylor Simpson

    Casting By:
    Suzanne Smith
    Mark Bennett
    Billy Hopkins
    Kerry Barden

    Soundtrack By:
    Richard Werbowenko
    Chris Beaty
    Thad Spencer

    Director of Photography:
    Roberto Schaefer

    Matt Chesse

    Costume Designer:
    Frank I. Fleming

    Production Designer:
    Monroe Kelly

    Will Rokos
    Eric Kopeloff
    Lee Daniels
    Milo Addica

    Executive Producer:
    Michael Burns
    Mark Urman
    Michael Paseornek

    Studio Home Entertainment

    Your Opinions and Comments

    7 / 10
    A slow pace drama that got a lot of attentions due to Halle Berry`s Oscar nomination (and winning) for best actress.
    The movie itself is rather dull and moves too slowly.
    Berry is nowhere to be seen during the first 45 minutes, but later shows up to give the performance that got her the Oscar. Did she deserve it? Quite simply, no. While Barry`s performance is not a bad one, this is not Oscar material. Her role wasn`t demanding and her lines were pretty much ordinary. Simply put - she wasn`t oozing her characters, and Oscar winners should (and usually do).
    The video transfer is good. There are no compression signs and the colors are a little bit desaturated, which adds to the movie`s grayish atmosphere.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is flat. There`s no usage of the surrounds, but that`s acceptable for this kind of a drama. The dialog is always clear.
    The musical score (the piano piece in particular) is nice and slow, again, fitting the movie`s atmosphere.
    The menus are animated with sound.
    The extras include 2 commentaries, a behind the scenes look (including a featurette about the musical score) and 4 deleted scenes (which don`t add anything important).
    Bottom line - Berry (aka "I love showing my boobs whenever I can") won the Oscar for her role only because the Academy decided to be politically correct and honor Sidney Poitier by giving the best actor and actress awards to black actors. The movie itself is not very impressive and will probably be forgotten soon.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 23/6/2002 18:27