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Monster (2003)

Charlize Theron , Christina Ricci , Patty Jenkins  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen, Annie Corley
  • Directors: Patty Jenkins
  • Writers: Patty Jenkins
  • Producers: Charlize Theron, Andreas Grosch, Andreas Schmid, Brad Wyman, Brent Morris
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (468 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JMUK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Monster" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Based on a True Story: The Making of Monster" featurette
  • Film-mixing demo
  • "Monster: Evolution of the Score": interview with Patty Jenkins and BT
  • "Monster Surrounded" (soundtrack spot)

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Charlize Theron (The Italian Job, Trapped) explodes in a magnetic, Oscar(r)-winning (Best Actress, 2003) performance as convicted killer Aileen Wuornos.Severely abused and unloved, Aileen immersed herself in the dangerous world of highway prostitution...until she met Selby Wall (Christina Ricci, Sleepy Hollow), a naive girl who was Aileen's last chance at a normal life. But ultimately all Aileen understood was violence, and nobody imagined the nightmare that awaited the seven men standing in the way of her happiness. A critically-acclaimed film from writer/director Patty Jenkins. "Academy Award (r)" and "Oscar (r)" are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Additional Features

Director Patty Jenkins is prominent in Monster's two above-average 15-minute featurettes. "Based on a True Story: The Making of Monster" combines news broadcast; interviews with Jenkins, Charlize Theron, and others; a look at Theron's makeup; and signs of Aileen Wuornos's real-life world, including her best friend and the real Last Resort bar. Jenkins and composer BT discuss the score in the other featurette, including how "the score was conceived from the ground up in 5.1" (the DVD's sound is all-enveloping) as well as the use of the hurdy-gurdy and the contribution of Journey's Steve Perry (even this featurette is in DTS). There's also a film-mixing demo, in which the viewer can add or subtract (but not change the levels of) the dialogue, sound effects, and music in a two-minute segment of the Funworld scene. Surprisingly there's no cross-promotion of the simultaneously released interview disc, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer. --David Horiuchi

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118 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal! March 31, 2004
I watched Monster without any expectations, save knowing that it was a movie about two women. At the end of the screening, i was totally blown away. One, Charlize Theron gives a spectacular performance as 'serial killer' Aileen Wuornos. Her facial expressions and bodily movements strongly resemble that of the actual person (based on what i read). Secondly, the 'human' aspect of Aileen was brought out in the film, and despite her brutal killings, one can symphatise with aspects of her life which brought her to this point of no return when she started killing her johns. Thirdly, although Monster is primarily about Aileen the killer, yet the viewer is treated to a love story between Aileen and her lesbian lover. This is in many aspects, the driving force of the film and which makes the film memorable. Some prison psychologists had diagnosed Aileen as having Borderline personality disorder, which explains her behaviour of wanting to keep Selby Wall, her girlfriend (in real life, the girl's name is Tyria Moore) at all costs, despite the fact that Selby was at times a selfish, immature person who ultimately betrayed Aileen. The final scene of the 'confession' phone call (which basically nailed it for Aileen) is heartbreaking. Aileen basically took the fall for everything and absolved Selby of any blame. Even though the audience may sense a taste of Hollywood drama here, one must remember that in real life, Aileen did take the blame for everything, and even went to the extent of sending Tyria money while she was on death row. Perhaps this is a glimpse into a rare aspect of her life (which traditional documentaries on her never cover), which shows us that at the end of the day, she is a human being like the rest of us and despite her heinous crimes, she too longed to be loved and feel love. The betrayal scene will stick in my mind for a long time to come. I welcome emails on this film as i am interested to know more about the film as well as Aileen and her lover.
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73 of 87 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Acting And An Unusual Point Of View July 17, 2004
Charlize Theron gives a five star+ performance as the executed serial killer Aileen Wuornos, the monster in "Monster." I would have rated the movie the same, except it is just too filled with pain, desperation and hopelessness for me to rank it that high. The script is not particularly strong. We only get a glimpse into the life and mind of this woman, and we never discover what made her kill. Many abused women hate men, but they don't become serial killers. There is also a lot of repetition, as Wuornos goes through her pattern of solicitation, violence and anguish over and over again. Without Ms. Theron's magnificent acting the film would be rather mediocre.
Director Patty Jenkins begins Wuornos' story in 1989-90, just before she was caught and imprisoned. She portrays Aileen more as a victim than as a victimizer. Through an initial monologue and various dialogues the viewer learns of Aileen's very troubled childhood in Michican. Her father, a convicted child-molester, committed suicide. Aileen was raped repeatedly by a family friend, and she began prostituting herself when she was thirteen. Her only job had been as a hooker. I think Ms. Theron portrays Aileen as a woman suffering from serious mental illness. Her moods swing from suicidal depression to euphoric overconfidence. She had delusional periods where she believed that all her dreams would come true and that she was invincible. She is a tough talking lady who drinks too much and barely holds her rage beneath the surface.
It is during this period that she meets Selby (Christina Ricci is superb in this role.), a shy, naive teen, in a bar. Selby is a lesbian who wants to come out of the closet against her family's wishes. She is a misfit, without friends. So is Aileen.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Empathy not sympathy June 11, 2004
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I was a Deputy Sheriff at the time that Aileen Wuornos was killing the men. The case was facinating to me because in the begining we were not looking for a female killer. Needless to say we were shocked when we found out that our search was for 2 women. This case was personal to me because one of the men she killed was a friend of mine. He didn't the pattern after the type of men Aileen Wuornos was killing, but at that point when she killed him it wasnt about sex, but the need of money. I am very please that the movie showed that he was only trying to help her out just as he did many other strangers.
Charlize Theron's performance was excellent,and a carbon copy of Wuornos, the attitude and personality were a match.
I strongly believe that Wuornos had been crying out for help to deaf ears her whole life, all she wanted was someone to care about her. And yet all she ever knew was violence and abuse, so she snapped, and then there was no turning back after she killed the first man who violently raped her. Set in her mind all that any man wanted from her was sex, she saw nothing else good about any man. Very sad, maybe this movie can be a lesson to anyone out there who may know someone like her who still has time to be helped before they snap.
Christina Ricci also deserves to recive high credit for her role in the part of Wuornos lover, who in the end turned states evidence to have Wuornos convited of the murders. I strongly recommend this movie. Just don't let the kids watch it.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves More then 5 Stars! September 1, 2004
By Brad
I really wish I could give this movie more then 5 stars because it truly deserves 100,"Monster" is possibly the best films ever made. Charlize Theron's performance has the highly interesting Aileen Wuornos is phenomenal! Christina Rucci performance has the native Selby works so well in contrast with Theron's strong and independent character that two have incredibly chemistry. The directing, the story line, acting, and everything else in the movie is remarkable and it all helps to show the pain in Alieen Wournos' lonely life. After trying to leave their horrific pasts behind new friends Alieen and Shelby move away together, but when money gets low, Alieen is forced to go back to prostitute lifestyle. But one night after Alieen is rapped, she kills the man and knows she just can't go on hooking again. But being the only way she can make money, she decides instead of having sexual relations, she'll murder the men and take their money. This sad and true story left me amazed and even forgiving. Please watch this movie, I promise you won't regret it.
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Published 14 days ago by Mary Lowenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 16 days ago by Samantha F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular
I saw Monster about 10 years ago when it was in the theaters and thought it was one of the most phenomenal movies I had ever seen. Five stars are not enough. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Roman Descendant
1.0 out of 5 stars Charlize Was Great But the Film's Message Was Horrible
First off, the acting in the movie was great. Charlize earned her Oscar. Ricci was good too even though I found her a bit whiny and too naive but maybe that was just the character. Read more
Published 19 days ago by nina
4.0 out of 5 stars Prostitution in indeed the highway to Hell.
Aside from mesmerizing the viewer with her amazingly true to form portrayal of Florida's, convicted serial killer: Aileen Wuornos, Actress Charlize Theron is superb, in her... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Nina
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Good movie. Theron is superb in this!!
Published 25 days ago by Mgoblue
5.0 out of 5 stars emotions running high
I wasn't expecting Monster to be such a devastatingly surreal and emotional journey involving the real life of a woman who became a prostitute and eventually a murderer. Read more
Published 25 days ago by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Monster Acting Performance by Charlize Theron
I have followed the Robert Hansen story for a long time, and have even read "Fair Game," a true-crime thriller in which I gave a fairly strong recommendation on this site. Read more
Published 1 month ago by California Dreaming
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Amazing Movie
love this movie the best ever so entertaining 2 females fall in love with each other and the other will kill just too not lose the woman she loves so much i can watch this all day... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shay Haggins
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought this for a friend as we stay near Daytona ...
Bought this for a friend as we stay near Daytona Beach, FL.
We brought popcorn, etc and had a moveie night.
Published 2 months ago by Carol A. Mesick
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from what i've read, 'Gladiator' does not look good in Blu-Ray. read the review!
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Why is 'Monster" a horrible Blu-Ray Transfer?
its colors are washed out and although most bluray contain grain i have only seen one other that had this much and that was a stupid matthew mcougnhay movie called surfer dude
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