12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys

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Director: Terry Gilliam

Cast: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt

     
 

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12 Monkeys finally gets stellar treatment on DVD from Universal Home Entertainment with this special edition of the 1995 hit. Two previous movie-only DVD versions have been released through the years, but neither was able to touch the laserdisc release, which included the incredible Hamster Factor documentary and the commentary from Terry Gilliam andSee more details below

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Overview

12 Monkeys finally gets stellar treatment on DVD from Universal Home Entertainment with this special edition of the 1995 hit. Two previous movie-only DVD versions have been released through the years, but neither was able to touch the laserdisc release, which included the incredible Hamster Factor documentary and the commentary from Terry Gilliam and producer Charles Roven. For those that have been waiting to throw those valuable discs in storage, this is your chance. Both features have been added to this DVD, and rightly so! For those who don't know, The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of 12 Monkeys is a 90-minute making-of from the same people that brought you the fabulous Lost in La Mancha documentary, which Gilliam granted permission to film because of Hamster's success. The commentary is just as entertaining and informative, with both bonus features acting as a complimentary story of the long and arduous shoot, which in itself provides just as much drama and comedy as the actual film. Other extras include the original theatrical trailer, along with the 12 Monkey Archives, which is packed with plenty of production sketches and storyboards. Production notes have been included if anyone is interested, though the real good stuff lies in the rest of the extras and the all-new digitally remastered picture, which showcases the truly incredible anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen image that paired with the Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks make for a well done and highly in-demand disc that should do quite well on the rental and retail shelves.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Inspired by Chris Marker's benchmark 1962 short film La Jetee, director Terry Gilliam continues his examination of the real versus the surreal in this mind-bending piece of science fiction. In a vein typical of Gilliam's oeuvre, the film leaps through time almost at will, which produces uneven results. Obviously a play on genre conventions, 12 Monkeys succeeds at creating its various worlds (all with various degrees of grunge and gloom). However, the film spirals off in so many directions it's sometimes a trial to keep track -- but it's also this very quality that keeps it interesting and engaging. Very much a visceral film above all else, Gilliam extracts solid turns from his actors, including a nicely understated Bruce Willis and a cheerfully (and entertainingly) manic Brad Pitt, a surprise Oscar nominee for his supporting role. Almost ten years after the highly publicized director vs. studio debacle with the director's acclaimed 1985 film Brazil, Gilliam and Universal had obviously patched things up, as they distributed this film to great financial success and a place as one of the leading cult favorites of the 1990s.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2005
UPC:
0025192545221
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:10:00
Sales rank:
3,189

Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature commentary with director Terry Gilliam & producer Charles Roven; The Hamster Factor & Other Tales of 12 Monkeys; Theatrical trailer; 12 Monkeys archives; Production notes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Willis James Cole
Madeleine Stowe Dr. Kathryn Railly
Brad Pitt Jeffrey Goines
Christopher Plummer Dr. Goines
David Morse Dr. Peters
Jon Seda Jose
Frank Gorshin Dr. Fletcher
Joseph Melito Young Cole
Michael Chance Scarface
Bob Adrian Geologist
Simon Jones Zoololgist
Bill Raymond Microbiologist
Ernest Abuba Engineer
Irma St. Paule Poet
Bruce Kirkpatrick Policeman#1
Rozwill Young Billings
Nell Johnson Ward Nurse
Fred Strother L.J. Washington
Richard Warner Dr. Casey
Chuck Jeffreys Thug
Lisa Gay Hamilton Teddy
Christopher Meloni Lt. Halperin
Robert O'Neill Wayne
Kevin Thigpen Kweskin
Lee Golden Hotel Clerk
Joe McKenna Wallace
Jeff Tanner Plain Clothes Cop
Annie Golden Woman Cabbie
Stephen Bridgewater Airport Detective
Jack Dougherty Airport Security
Carolyn Walker Terrified Traveler
Joey Perillo Detective Franki
Matt Ross Bee
Aaron Michael Lacey WWI Sergeant
Jamie N. Frey Office PA
Paul Buckmaster Conductor

Technical Credits
Terry Gilliam Director
Mick Audsley Editor
Jeffrey Beecroft Production Designer
Christine Beveridge Makeup
Paul Buckmaster Score Composer
Bob Cavallo Executive Producer
Robin Clarke Sound Editor
Mark Egerton Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Craig Haagensen Camera Operator
Chuck Jeffreys Stunts
Robert Kosberg Executive Producer
Gary Levinsohn Executive Producer
Jay Meagher Sound/Sound Designer
Shirley Montefusco Special Effects
Vincent Montefusco Special Effects
Philip A. Patterson Asst. Director
Janet Peoples Screenwriter
David Peoples Screenwriter
Lloyd Phillips Co-producer
Roger Pratt Cinematographer
Charles Roven Producer
Crispian Sallis Set Decoration/Design
Margery Simkin Casting
William Ladd Skinner Art Director
Kelley Smith-Wait Associate Producer
Tom Waits Songwriter
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The "Volunteer" (Main Title) [8:33]
2. An Opportunity [2:23]
3. Baltimore - April 1990 [5:41]
4. The Deluxe Mental Hospital Tour [4:50]
5. The Wrong Time [3:53]
6. Colonics for Everyone! [4:03]
7. Monkey Business [3:18]
8. Emancipation [3:44]
9. Bad Judgment [1:25]
10. Science Ain't an Exact Science [2:04]
11. Another Chance [2:05]
12. Right on the Money [2:39]
13. Baltimore - November 1996 [3:01]
14. It's in Philadelphia... [6:01]
15. The Same Dream [3:25]
16. Cole's Mission [1:36]
17. They're Here! [2:30]
18. All I See Are Dead People... [2:03]
19. The Animal Activists [3:08]
20. Going After Jeffrey [3:33]
21. The Timeworm Threat [5:43]
22. It Was My Idea? [2:37]
23. The Normal Reaction [2:37]
24. You Are My Insanity [2:37]
25. Tell Me What I Want... [1:31]
26. The Man in the Picture [1:22]
27. What's Real and What's Not [2:27]
28. The Path of the Virus [2:27]
29. Mentally Divergent [1:06]
30. Seriously Crazy [2:25]
31. I Want to Stay Here... [1:59]
32. The Pimp and the Crazy Dentist [2:20]
33. The Message [2:15]
34. The Monkey Speaks [2:52]
35. The Movie Never Changes [2:00]
36. It Was Always You... [2:46]
37. The Army of the Twelve Monkeys Factor [1:37]
38. This Is My Dream! [1:50]
39. Someone Else [1:42]
40. You Can Still Be a Hero [2:01]
41. It Doesn't Even Have an Odor... [2:33]
42. Full Circle [2:14]
43. Insurance [2:51]
44. End Titles [1:19]

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