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» 12 Monkeys (movie)
» Audio Commentary
» The Future Is History (2035, 1990, 2035, 1917, 1996, 2035, 1996)
» DVD, R2, NTSC
» 1.85:1 Anamorphic
» English DTS 5.1
» English DD 5.1
» Japanese DD 2.0 Stereo
» English, Japanese
» Making of (05m 38s with BURNT in japanese subs)
» The Hamster Factor And Other Tales Of 12 Monkeys (87m 27s)
» Cast & Directors Profiles (text)
» Interviews (11m 05s with BURNT in japanese subs)
» Theatrical Trailer
» DVD, R2, NTSC
» Twelve Monkeys
» 12 Monkeys
» Terry Gilliam
» Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Joseph Melito, Jon Seda, Michael Chance, Vernon Campbell, H. Michael Walls, Bob Adrian, Simon Jones, Carol Florence, Carol Florence, Bill Raymond, Ernest Abuba, Irma St. Paule, Joey Perillo
The Japanese have allways had a good eye for cover-design. And 12 Monkeys is definetely no exception. We start of with a pretty average looking digipack inside a clear plastic slipcase. But when you open it up it turns out to ber more of a foldout box rather then a digipack (notice the small edges all around - a unique look for a great film).
The case itself is very well made. Everything smooth and glossy with no gaps or poorly glued bits. This is the way a digipack SHOULD look (!) - If this dvd ain't worth the money for the edition, it's absoloutely worth a chance just for the stunning design. Period.
In addition to the case we get a japanese 12 Monkeys booklet with some info (in japanese mostly) and a number of images (you should know what a booklet is by now). My only concern with this case is the outer slipcase. Even if it's really well made and probably wont brake for a thousand years, my slipcase has allready gotten a bit "flabby" and they're are gaps along side the dvd when I put it back in there... But on the other hand, this might just be because I've taken it out to look at it so many times ;)
First off; let's just say that this set is very simular to the other editions out there. The major changes we find here is a DTS track and (I think) an digitally improved picture. Apart from that, the specs are pretty much the same. However. The following should still be noted...
As most other regions, this edition includes a fantastic 87 min making of documentary entitled "The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys"... And what can I say; this documentary is just great. It cover most every detail of the production and shows you everything you could want to know about this great film. And this is the big reason for getting this dvd (or another region for that matter). Plain and simple.
Exclusive to the this disc are a few short soundbite interviews. These are pretty short and contains mostly of Bruce Willis, Madeline Stowe, Brad Pitt and Terry Gilliam all talking about how great the others are. Apart from that there's a strange little featurette entitled The Future Is History. This seems like an all text featurette focusing on the 'timeline' of the film. It looks good but is all in japanese, unfortunetly. Apart from that, it should be noted that the main menus actually are in english, wich makes them easy to navigate. The movie also features english subtitles (that can be removed) but I actually find these a bit disturbing as they seem unusually large in print and on some cases also show up as three (!) separate lines, and that kinda thing allways rubbed me the wrong way as it takes up so much screen-space. Still, if you're half-blind, I guess this is very useful so I won't bitch to much about it.
Finally, the short 5 and a half minute making of featurette comes on. But it turns out that this is mainly made up from some of the same clips used for the separate soundbite interviews, or other clips allready seen in the Hamster Factor documentary, and so it's really noteworthy and you might as well just check out the longer making of.
All in all, this disc is really good because of the DTS track and the documentary. But if you don't require the DTS track (or the lovely packaging) you might as well go for another region as they all cary the documentary but usually come a lot cheaper than this...
But then again, who can resist the packaging?...