Monster
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Monster

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Cast: Nicoletta Braschi, Michel Blanc, Dominique Lavanant

     
 

One of the many comedies Roberto Benigni made before the international success of Life Is Beautiful, The Monster comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and Italian soundtracks are both rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, and Spanish subtitles areSee more details below

Overview

One of the many comedies Roberto Benigni made before the international success of Life Is Beautiful, The Monster comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and Italian soundtracks are both rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a theatrical trailer and a talent file. This is a solid disc from Columbia/TriStar that is recommended most highly to Benigni fans.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Those wondering about the origins of the comic first act of Roberto Benigni's acclaimed La Vita E Bella (Life is Beautiful) need look no further than Il Mostro (The Monster) for a taste of his slapstick sensibilities carried through an entire picture. This breezy farce, in which an ordinary fellow (Benigni) is mistaken for a mass murderer, demonstrates Benigni's knack for physical comedy and manic self-expression that extends back a lot further than his memorable Oscar acceptance speeches. It's also clear, especially in scenes where Benigni walks along in the squatted position, mimicking a rare posture disease as a means of evading the police, that the actor/director was inspired by the great silent comedians. Giving an equally deft performance is Nicoletta Braschi, Benigni's wife and frequent collaborator. Perhaps because of its slight subject matter, Il Mostro did not reach a wide audience outside of Benigni's Italian homeland, where it was quite popular. Considered as a forerunner to La Vita E Bella -- and taken in conjunction with the fact that Benigni had starred in frivolous fare like Son of the Pink Panther -- Il Mostro helps contextualize why Bella was considered such a mature accomplishment for a filmmaker who had specialized in broad comedy.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/1999
UPC:
0043396043220
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:52:00

Special Features

Digitally remastered audio & anamorphic video; Interactive menus; Audio: original Italian two-channel [Dolby Surround] & English two-channel [Dolby Surround]; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; Talent file; Theatrical trailer; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roberto Benigni Loris
Nicoletta Braschi Jessica
Michel Blanc Taccone
Dominique Lavanant Jolanda
Jean-Claude Brialy Roccarotta
Massimo Girotti Distinguished resident
Ivano Marescotti Pascucci
Franco Mescolini Chinese teacher
Laurent Spielvogel Frustalupi
Johnny Dorelli Actor
Sydne Rome Actor
Renzo Palmer Actor
Yves Beneyton Actor
Henning Schluter Actor
Renato Scarpa Actor
Gianrico Tedeschi Actor
Orazio Orlando Actor
Vittorio Zarfati Actor
Clara Colosimo Actor

Technical Credits
Roberto Benigni Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Gianni Arduini Asst. Director
Yves Attal Producer
Nino Baragli Editor
Michel Blanc Screenwriter
Gianluigi Braschi Associate Producer
Giantito Burchiellaro Production Designer
Vincenzo Cerami Screenwriter
Danilo Donati Costumes/Costume Designer
Elda Ferri Producer
Franco Fraticelli Editor
Evan Lurie Score Composer
Jean-Paul Mugel Sound/Sound Designer
Carlo Di Palma Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:35]
2. Monster strikes again [1:13]
3. Wanda the Nymphomaniac [2:35]
4. Claudia [1:48]
5. Chain saw from Hell [1:17]
6. "He's my nightmare." [1:58]
7. Chinese lessons [1:46]
8. Squatter's rights [6:31]
9. Free breakfast [:57]
10. Hot butts [3:21]
11. System's down [2:07]
12. The mission [6:34]
13. Cookie & the Monster [2:06]
14. Prospective tenant [3:58]
15. Sublet offer [2:03]
16. 3 Am [7:36]
17. Always naked [3:26]
18. The lion's den [5:50]
19. Cathartic apathy [9:04]
20. Loris meets Jolanda [2:12]
21. All worked up [2:50]
22. Fresh air [2:55]
23. A great tailor [7:01]
24. The exam [4:05]
25. "I'm very sick." [6:32]
26. Wanted man [9:16]
27. The Monster! [5:05]
28. "Have a nice walk." [4:34]
Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:35]
2. Monster strikes again [1:13]
3. Wanda the Nymphomaniac [2:35]
4. Claudia [1:48]
5. Chain saw from Hell [1:17]
6. "He's my nightmare." [1:58]
7. Chinese lessons [1:46]
8. Squatter's rights [6:31]
9. Free breakfast [:57]
10. Hot butts [3:21]
11. System's down [2:07]
12. The mission [6:34]
13. Cookie & the Monster [2:06]
14. Prospective tenant [3:58]
15. Sublet offer [2:03]
16. 3 Am [7:36]
17. Always naked [3:26]
18. The lion's den [5:50]
19. Cathartic apathy [9:04]
20. Loris meets Jolanda [2:12]
21. All worked up [2:50]
22. Fresh air [2:55]
23. A great tailor [7:01]
24. The exam [4:05]
25. "I'm very sick." [6:32]
26. Wanted man [9:16]
27. The Monster! [5:05]
28. "Have a nice walk." [4:34]

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