SRP $26.96 1.85:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1/DTS 5.1 COLUMBIA TRISTAR
 

COLUMBIA TRISTAR is releasing “MONSTER.”  Charlize Theron won an Oscar for her
performance as real-life serial killer, Aileen Wuornos.  While this reviewer had
never been that impressed with her past performances, this one’s different. It’s
hypnotic from beginning to end, and Charlize doesn’t seem to be acting as much
as she seems possessed by Wuornos.  It’s an incredible feat, and words can’t do
it justice! SEE THE FILM!  The film doesn’t feel biased as much as it does
realistic. There’s little doubt that the real Aileen Wuornos suffered incredibly
in her life, and society failed her over and over. This doesn’t justify her
actions, but things aren’t black and white, and the film demonstrates that
someone who does things as horrible as she does, can also be a sympathetic
victim. 
Director Patty Jenkins directs with a deft hand, and even the film’s opening
moments are incredible. 
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9
enhancement.  This is a flawless transfer. Colors are extremely rich and the
detail in every scene is incredible! There is no grain or visible compression to
be found. Fleshtones appear natural.
“MONSTER” is effective on almost every visceral level. It engulfs the viewer
into its world and doesn’t let go, shaking one’s conscience and preconceptions
with enormous impact. Adding to the film’s atmosphere, is a stunning soundmix,
thankfully presented in DTS and DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 here.  There are plenty of
atmospheric effects and the detail to these are creative and certain to please
dvd lovers wanting to show off their sound system.  While both mixes are great,
the DTS offers noticeable improvement in bass and detail, over the DOLBY DIGITAL
version.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has included a few extras, made up of featurettes. They’re of a
behind-the-scenes nature and also one dedicated to the film’s score. Several
trailers are also included.