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Monster's Ball
     

Monster's Ball

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Director: Marc Forster

Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger, Halle Berry

 

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Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton star in the Oscar-winning Monster's Ball. The film is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and appears to be in top-notch shape. With a vast array of vibrant colors, and dark, well-saturated black levels running throughout the film, Monster's Ball sports a nearly reference quality transfer. The soundtrack is

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Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton star in the Oscar-winning Monster's Ball. The film is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and appears to be in top-notch shape. With a vast array of vibrant colors, and dark, well-saturated black levels running throughout the film, Monster's Ball sports a nearly reference quality transfer. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, as well as Dolby 2.0 Surround, both in English. The 5.1 mix features a few well-placed directional effects in both the front and rear speakers. All aspects of the soundtrack are free of any hiss or distortion. Monster's Ball is packed with extra features, starting with two commentary tracks: one is by director Marc Forster and cinematographer Roberto Schaefer, and the second by Forster, Thornton, and Berry. Both of these tracks should provide fans with added insight into the film's production and history. Four deleted scenes shine a spotlight on what ended up on the cutting room floor. Finally, there is about four minutes of behind-the-scenes footage featuring Thornton in rehearsal, an interesting featurette on the scoring of the film, plus a trailer for the film.

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For the first time since Losing Isaiah in 1995, Halle Berry steps into a role she's shown reluctance to play: a working-class woman of limited intelligence and refinement, who speaks with a dialect and vocabulary that invokes cruel stereotypes. In the dreadful comedy B.A.P.S. and the wicked satire Bulworth, she offered spoofing variations on that character type, but only here does she stare it down. The result is not only the performance of her career, but one of the best onscreen in 2001. The stratospheric praise given her work led some critics to honor the rest of Monster's Ball with equal vigor, but the film is more a collection of great parts than a complete whole. It's certainly full of incendiary moments; surprising deaths blend into lurid and uncomfortable sex scenes, then into vitriolic bursts of racism, all with a disaffected resignation that's bracing. But one wishes director Marc Forster and screenwriters Milo Addica and Will Rokos would have extracted more of a discernible message from these isolated pockets of pain and rage. The minimalism of their approach leaves many questions. The viewer never learns, for example, why Billy Bob Thornton's corrections officer despises his son (Heath Ledger), which might have explained more of both characters' actions. As an actor-driven work, however, Monster's Ball crackles. Sean Combs shows unexpected depth and dignity as the doomed inmate, and Thornton offers another portrayal of wordless hurt that nicely complements his work in The Man Who Wasn't There. Peter Boyle, returning to the big screen after a three-year absence, personifies the bull-headedness endemic to racism in the South.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/11/2002
UPC:
0658149798229
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
4,891

Special Features

Audio commentary by Director Marc Forster and Director of Photography Roberto Schaefer; audio commentary by Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton, and Forster; deleted scenes; outtakes; "Making of the Music" featurette; 5.1 Dolby Digital audio; theatrical trailer; English & Spanish subtitles.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Billy Bob Thornton Hank Grotowski
Heath Ledger Sonny Grotowski
Halle Berry Letitia Musgrove
Peter Boyle Buck Grotowski
Sean "Puffy" Combs Actor,Lawrence Musgrove
Mos Def Ryrus Cooper
Will Rokos Warden Velasco
Milo Addica Tommy Roulaine
Coronji Calhoun Tyrell Musgrove
Charles Cowan Willie Cooper
Taylor LaGrange Darryl Cooper

Technical Credits
Marc Forster Director
Milo Addica Co-producer,Screenwriter
Kerry Barden Casting
Mark Bennett Casting
Michael Burns Executive Producer
Matt Chessé Editor
Mark Urman Executive Producer
Asche & Spencer Score Composer
Leonard Spears Art Director
Suzanne Smith Casting
Lee Daniels Producer
Frank Fleming Costumes/Costume Designer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Michael Kamper Sound/Sound Designer
Monroe Kelly Production Designer
Eric Kopeloff Co-producer
Michael Lerman Asst. Director
Michael Paseornek Executive Producer
Jeff Pullman Sound/Sound Designer
Will Rokos Co-producer,Screenwriter
Roberto Schaefer Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [5:09]
2. Sonny [4:48]
3. No Mistakes [3:57]
4. State Penitentiary [5:07]
5. Everyone Okay [3:13]
6. Drawing [4:42]
7. Last Walk [4:53]
8. What You Did [4:31]
9. Comfort [3:03]
10. Burial [5:36]
11. Resign [4:53]
12. Walking [3:30]
13. My Baby [6:57]
14. You Own It [5:22]
15. Ride Home [7:14]
16. Make Me Feel Good [4:38]
17. Have It [4:23]
18. Your Daddy [7:03]
19. Sent Him Away [3:45]
20. Time to Go [3:22]
21. Comfortable [5:21]
22. Ice Cream [2:38]
23. On the Steps [3:19]
24. End Credits [4:05]

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Monster's Ball 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the first 15 minutes there's an execution, a suicide and a kid gets hit by a car. With a lesser script and lesser actors it would be easy for this film to collapse under it's own weight. However Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry are able to carry it off without it becoming maudlin. Great performances and a great script.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The power of human feeling and the capacity of people to grow in unexpected ways is beautifully written, directed and acted in this excellent movie. Halle Berry (a well deserved Academy Award), Billy Bob Thornton, Peter Boyle- actually every actor in the film is superb. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first thing that I realized so great about this movie is that there were so many internal and external conflicts within each character and these conflicts co-exsisted in some way with all the other actors. For example, in the begining the movie portrayed the father and the son as total opposites. Later the viewer notices that they were so much alike, with unprejeduced issues, with seclusion, and etc. The film work, the directing, especially the actors were brilliant. The credits in the beggining were also put into perspective as a dream like state. The ending was also well thought of and could not have ended better. A movie to watch over and over again due to the passion of wanting to know what will happen next,like life.
yodi More than 1 year ago
the movie is 4 me ,a emotional movie ,intense ,i have no words to described the performance of hally berry ,and all actor in this movie ... is a goooddddddddddddddddddd movie .i recomend to everybody
Guest More than 1 year ago
Magnificent acting, a challenging script, and superb direction are what you can expect from this top quality film. Very few movies today are brave enough to take on the issues explored in the film, racism, the death penalty, interracial romance just to name three. The love scenes are very tastefully done, when Billy Bob is tenderly embracing and making love to Halle you feel emotionally involved, this is by no means a lewd or perverse film, even the erotic elements are integral to the entire work and an indispensible part of it. Halle Berry indeed merited the Oscar award not because her backside is displayed but because her performance was so devastating and real. Halle seemed to channel all the inner demons which have plagued her in real life and pour them into this character, the vulnerability, the frustration, and the anguish of rejection which she has experienced for years were there for all to see on the screen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good performance, but Oscar worthy? C'mon really now....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Knowing Billy Bob Thorton was in this film, I expected it to have some credible acting and with good reviews, but I found nothing to this credence. The plot is compelling, but it doesn't develop into a story. The acting is good in the beginning, but it doesn't become a performance. The directing was just not there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It really is amazing how anyone could consider this movie good...let alone good enough to earn an Oscar. Dark and depressing, low budget... it's really is just a horrible movie that should never have been nominated. Halle Berry should count her lucky stars everyday that the senile members of the Academy gave her the Oscar for such a mediocre performance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Monster's Ball is a movie about change. Anyone can enjoy this movie over the age of 15. The direction is excellent and the acting is intense. I was even surprised to see that Mo Def and Sean Combs did excellent jobs. The movie isn't slow, but it isn't face paced either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the movie was beyond recognition and masterfully required enormous amounts of attention to enjoy the movie you must become the movie AND its characters the acting from mrs. barry is uncomproble expect nothing less from the academy recognized women and billy bob plays innocent and evil all at the same time its simple SEE THE MOVIE the sex scenes were raw and completely neccesary contrary to what others say
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay I'm a Halle Berry fan but what the hell was this movie. It wasn't at all what I expected, there was way too much hype for this movie, the acting was alright it wasn't the best I've seen. This movie just could have been better
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not Halle's best work, she did a fine job with what she had. Thornton did a fair job, but the character seemed flat. Script did not allow the actors to add dimension to their characters. If the characters had been allowed to grow and we were privy to some the internal struggles, this would have been a great movie. All in all it was not award winning performance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie is full of subjects most of us don't care to talk about.But the realism of the characters potrayed by Halle Berry&Billy Bob Thorton,makes you sit up and pay attention through out the film.All of the actors in the film did an impressive job,even Sean P.Diddy Combs!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Considering the budget, the actors did a superb job..even the end kept you in suspense.. It was on the same lines as American Beauty..''about nothing'' but definitely worth watching..and keeping your interest..
Guest More than 1 year ago
A dark, dull movie dealing with subjects that most of us would prefer to avoid. The movie opens with an execution, a suicide and a child killed by a hit-and-run driver. After this, the movie loses its sense of direction and wanders aimlessly trying to connect the three events into some meaningful story. It never accomplishes this and turns into a boring, dull affair. Don't waste your time or money! I also don't understand why Halle Berry won the Best Actress Oscar for this performance. Considering the script, she perhaps did an adequate job, but nothing that would be deserving of an Academy Award. It's no wonder the movie did so poorly at the box office...moviegoers know a flop when they see one.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS MOVIE MADE ME LAUGH,AND ALSO MADE ME CRY LIKE I'VE NEVER CRIED BEFORE. I LEFT THE THEATER THANKFUL FOR MY UNEVENTFUL LIFE,BECAUSE I FELT THE CHARACTERS SORROW SO STRONGLY.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't listen to the armchair critics. This film is one the absolute best films to come along in many years. The masses hate Halle and turned purple with disgust because she was rightfully chosen as the best actress of the year (the Academy finally got it right). The acting was superb from a perfectly-picked cast! One often gets lost in a film with complex characters and a story line, but this is a classic. It's great to see what a small, independent producer like Lee Daniels can bring to life. Monster's Ball is a film I thought I would not like, but it is one of my favorites!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was absolutley HORRIBLE!! I kept telling myself that it would get better but boy was i wrong it only got worse. The acting was bad, and the plot of the movie was as well. I can't believe Halle Berry took an oscar for this garbage movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i was extremely disappointed by monster balls. i feel that the filmmakers were misleading the audience into expecting something completely different, something with more beasts or evil creatures and with more eroticism. monster balls, however, only had one truly engaging scene about halfway through between halle berry and billy bob thornton, even though there were no monsters and no...you know...to be found. a let-down.