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12 Monkeys
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12 Monkeys Collectors Edition12 Monkeys DTS
Ratings / 5
 Sound  5 
 Visuals  5 
 Effects  4.5 
 Features  4 
 Transfer  4.5 
 Packaging  4.9 
 Overall  4.65 
Disc Information
 Audio  Dolby Digital 5.1
 Other Languages  French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
 Subtitles  English, French, Spanish
 Aspect Ratio  1.85:1 (Animorphic Widescreen)
 Discs  Layers 1  2
 Packaging  Clamshell Squeeze and lift tabs
Bonus Features
 Featurettes  The Hamster Factor And Other Tales Of 12 Monkeys (Making Of 12 Monkeys)
 Trailers & Spots  Theatrical Trailer (Non-Animorphic Widescreen)
 Commentaries  Feature Commentary with Director and Producer
 Interviews  None
 Storyboards  None
 Galleries  None
 Other  Production Notes, Cast And Crew Filmography
Chapter Highlights
 Ch. 1:  It starts with it's playfull but chilling theme. Then we see the first occourance of the dream sequence. At 5:45 in there is a beautiful view of a snow covered philadelphia. 6:26 in a bear roars. 8:00 in a lion in the city roars.
 Ch. 5:  3:40 another dream sequence. The sound in these sequences is in slow motion. It really sounds cool.
 Ch. 10:  Another dream sequence. After that there is a voice speaking to James (Bruce Willis) in the surrounds.
 Ch. 12:  A war with lots of explosions all around.
 Ch. 13:  An auditorium in a museum has some good reverberations.
 Ch. 14:  An outside view of the museum lighted well in the dark. A foreground view of a horse statue as it pans to the outside of the building then it pans to Dr. Railly's (Madeleine Stowe) car where she is carjacked by James. This is when the score picks up. 3:30 in you'll hear probably the cleanest version of Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill". 5:05 in Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World".
 Ch. 17:  Fire burns in the foreground of the frame.
 Ch. 18:  The inside of an old deserted museum is a nice visual. 1:40 in more of the fire in the foreground.
 Ch. 19:  Animal sounds surround you.
 Ch. 20:  A cool guitar driving song: "Commanche" - I believe.
 Ch. 24:  A good angle from below looking up at Jamesin the chair.
 Ch. 25:  The voice is back surrounding James.
 Ch. 33:  Lion roars again. Score picks up again.
 Ch. 35:  Animal noises in the zoo.
 Ch. 37:  Animals loose in the city of philadelphia. Some cgi some real.
 Ch. 42:  A gunshot and the dream becomes a reality.
 Ch. 44:  "What A Wonderful World" as the credits roll. Score of the dream sequence and then the bone chilling main theme.
Other
 Strengths:  Animorphic Widescreen, Sound, Visuals
 Weaknesses:  I wish there was a featurette on the special effects.
 Running Time:  Approx. 130 minutes
 Synopsis:      A lone time traveler from the year 2035 must solve a riddle that may save his people... but it may also take him to the brink of madness. Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt star in this brilliantsci-fi masterpiece from Terry Gilliam, the acclaimed director of The Fisher King.
     After the worlds population is devastated by a killer virus, survivors must live in dark underground communities. Cole (Willis) "voulenteers" to travel into the past to obtain a pure virus sample, thereby helping scientists develop a cure. Along the way, he crosses paths with a beautiful psychiatrist (Stowe) and a one-card-short-of-a-full-deck mental patient (Pitt). Butt the race is on, as Cole searches for The Army of the 12 Monkeys, a radical group linked to the deadly disease.
     With Unforgettable performances and imaginative special effects, 12 Monkeys is a modern-day classic laced with Gilliam's trademark wit and dazzling visual style.
 Other Thoughts:  I reviewed the collectors edition above not the DTS version.
A/V System Reviewed On:
 Receiver:  Denon AVR-5800
 TV:  Mitsubishi WS-55805
 Speakers:  Polk Audio
 Fronts:  RT 800i
 Center:  CS 400i
 Surrounds:  FX 500i
 Rear Surrounds:  Boston Acoustics 575X THX
 Subwoofer:  PW 650
 DVD Player:  Sony DVP 850D
 Interconnects:
 Audio:  Monster Cable Interlink® LightSpeed™ 100 Fiber Optic
 Video:  Monster Video® 3 High-Resolution Component Video Cable
 Speaker Wire:  Monster Cable XP with Monster Cable connectors
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