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12 Monkeys

Special Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 5,214 ratings
IMDb8.0/10.0

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Product Description

In this science fiction masterpiece, Cole (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time to save the human race from a deadly virus that has forced mankind into dank underground communities in the future. Along his travels, he encounters a psychiatrist (Madeleine Stowe) and a mental patient, brilliantly portrayed by Brad Pitt, who may hold the key to the mysterious rogue group, The Army of the 12 Monkeys, thought to be responsible for unleashing the killer disease. Believing he can obtain a pure virus sample in order to find a cure in the future, he is met with one riddle after another that puts him in a race for time.

Bonus Content:

  • Feature Commentary with Director Terry Gilliam & Producer Charles Roven
  • The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of 12 Monkeys (The Making of 12 Monkeys)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 12 Monkeys Archives
  • Production Notes
  • Additional Features

    The main difference between the 2005 Special Edition and the old Collector's Edition is that the Special Edition has been digitally remastered. If you're finicky about packaging, you'll notice the special edition comes in a gold amaray case. The bonus features on both editions are exactly the same. --Ryan Boudinot

    Product details

    • Aspect Ratio ‏ : ‎ 1.85:1
    • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ No
    • MPAA rating ‏ : ‎ R (Restricted)
    • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
    • Item model number ‏ : ‎ 2220214
    • Director ‏ : ‎ Terry Gilliam
    • Media Format ‏ : ‎ Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
    • Run time ‏ : ‎ 2 hours and 10 minutes
    • Release date ‏ : ‎ October 2, 2012
    • Actors ‏ : ‎ Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, Madeleine Stowe, Christopher Plummer, Frank Gorshin
    • Dubbed: ‏ : ‎ French
    • Subtitles: ‏ : ‎ French, English, Spanish
    • Producers ‏ : ‎ Charles Roven
    • Language ‏ : ‎ English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1)
    • Studio ‏ : ‎ Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
    • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0007PALZ2
    • Writers ‏ : ‎ David Peoples, Janet Peoples
    • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 1
    • Customer Reviews:
      4.4 out of 5 stars 5,214 ratings

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    4.4 out of 5 stars
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    4.0 out of 5 stars 12 Monkeys - A Sci-Fi Sleeper
    By sixthreezy on March 9, 2019
    I've got to be honest by saying that this movie put me to sleep for years when I used to watch my DVD copy. Additionally, this Blu-ray copy has the same dreariness to it that the film always had, but it does clear the film up quite a bit. I feel like I was actually able to enjoy the film on Blu-ray a little more, but in this strange 1990s future trip there is little color. The actors stand out in an otherwise odd and quirky film courtesy of its director Terry Gilliam.

    Well-known for hits such as these, the perilous story that ensues for Bruce Willis is a futuristic sci-fi thriller that really gets disguised by its offbeat traits. Brad Pitt is phenomenal as a villain/antagonist/companion to Bruce's crazy main character. I think it's funny that both Bruce & Brad have foreshadowing to future roles of theirs in The Sixth Sense and Fight Club. Bruce has a line at some point stating that he sees is dead people, and Brad takes many of the mannerisms and techniques here into the character of Tyler Durden, or at least it seems so.

    The plot is kind of hard to follow if you stop paying attention at any given point, so it's definitely one of those films that you have to watch with intent. Terry Gilliam is known for these kinds of movies and usually delivers, though he is more of a cult status director I would feel. At least at the time this came out, because throughout the commentary and The Hamster Factor documentary he seems very displeased with the negative reviews from the movie's initial test screening. So much so that he seems to be in denial that anyone could not like the film or be lost by some of its plot and characters, but unfortunately for him it's true.

    Overall, the film is worth watching at least once and maybe we'll get a clearer release in the future with the popularity of the television show that just ended. It does have some grainy scenes and not a lot of it pops due to the mechanical nature of the future/dream world. I do love that the film is ultimately up to interpretation in many ways, and despite the constant foreshadowing to the end of the film it keeps the viewer entertained via its stars' performances.

    Case came in okay condition with the bottom clasp not clicking, and a small crease on the front of the case but not glaring. Disc was in great condition and played perfectly. Copy was in Used condition from Decluttr Store.
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