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Monster's Ball [DVD] [2002] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Billy Bob Thornton , Halle Berry , Marc Forster    DVD
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  • Actors: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Taylor Simpson, Gabrielle Witcher, Heath Ledger
  • Directors: Marc Forster
  • Writers: Milo Addica, Will Rokos
  • Producers: Eric Kopeloff, Lee Daniels, Mark Urman, Michael Burns, Michael Paseornek
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L4KR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,175 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monster's Ball 19 Sep 2005
"The Monster's Ball" begins with one of the finest opening sequences I have ever seen and really sets the tone for an intelligent, well acted and credible film. The tension and lead up to the main event in the first half of the film is superbly developed and really draws the viewer into plot.
Hank Grotowski (Billy Bob Thornton) is a prison guard at the local prison, this is like his father before him and his own son, Sonny (Heath Ledger) is following in his footsteps. Hank is in charge of the execution procedure and the film opens with him running through this grisly process which for the first time will involve his son.
The prisoner due for the electric chair is Lawrence Musgrove (Sean Combs - P. Diddy for those in the know) and we first meet him during his final visit with his ex-wife and their son. Leticia (Halle Berry) his wife is angry and venomous and shows no mercy to her soon to be executed ex-husband. Their son Tyrell (Coronji Calhoun) idolises his wayward father and presents a tragic figure of someone desperate for love and a guiding hand. He receives none of this from his mother who alternately smothers him and berates the poor chap for being a "fat little piggy".
Unfortunately the execution doesn't run smoothly and Hank violently berates Sonny for not performing correctly. In a dramatic and catastrophic sequence Sonny and Hank fight with appalling consequences. In a similar disastrous event of her own, Leticia must also come to terms with her own loss. It is here that fates plays a hand and puts the two baggage carrying characters together and they start to develop an ever deepening relationship with each other.
The success of the film is in the acting performances and the only surprise is that only Halle Berry won an Oscar here.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars **** TRAGEDY, COMPASSION & HUMANITY **** 4 Sep 2003
Monster's Ball is a prison drama/romance with a difference. It's about tragedy, compassion, forgiveness, humanity and the need for love but this is no traditional Sunday afternoon made for television weepie. Brilliantly acted by Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry, Monster's Ball is an intelligent but often bleak drama, subtly directed and utterly compelling.
The title, Monster's Ball is explained as being a condemned man's last supper before being executed. The condemned man in this case being Lawrence Musgrove (Sean 'Puff Daddy'/'P Diddy' Combs) an African-American who has been awaiting execution in a Georgia penitentiary for 11 years. Musgrove is married to a long suffering emotionally crushed waittress named Leticia (Halle Berry). Together they share an obese 13 year old son Tyrell who barely knows his father and seeks solace in junk food and candy bars.
Supervising officer on Musgrove's execution squad is one Hank Grotowski (Thornton), a widower and one of three generations of career prison officers. Hank's only child Sonny (Heath Ledger), a sensitive but unloved young man, is also reluctantly on the execution squad. Together they both live with Hank's retired father Buck, a bitter, nasty and brutal rascist physically disabled by the combination of chronic arthritis and emphysema. The wives of both Buck and Hank have committed suicide and all 3 generations of the Grotowski family are trapped in unhappy lives devoid of feeling, emotionally numbed and it is against this backdrop that enormously tragic circumstances conspire to bring Hank and Leticia together in this fragile love story.
As previously mentioned both Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry give stunning performances and contrary to popular opinion Berry's Academy Award was more than justified.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense Drama 18 Nov 2003
There has been considerable negative criticism of this film, and I think it arises from the simple fact that it is not in the least what most viewers expect it to be. Although it sports two well-known stars and expensive production values, Marc Forster's MONSTER'S BALL is essentially an art film that was unlikely to appeal to the mainstream audiences that rushed to see in the wake of Halle Berry's historic Oscar win.
The story is American Southern Gothic to the max, playing with grotesque plot devices worthy of Flannery O'Connor and twisted characters that might have stepped out of a Tennessee Williams play. Hank Grotowski (Billy Bob Thornton) is a correctional officer with the Georgia prison system, where he works with a team that executes prisoners condemned to the electric chair. During the course of his duties, he participates in the execution of Lawrence Musgrove (Sean Combs)--an execution that, in the most unexpected way imaginable, leads to the violent death of his son (Heath Ledger.) He subsequently becomes acquainted with Lawrence's widow Leticia (Halle Berry), and when she too loses her only son (Coronji Calhoun) to violent death the two embark on a passionate affair fueled by their grief and bitterness.
The film plays with a number of ideas and issues, chief among them racism, but at core it is about the emotional sterility and shallow lives of its characters, and none of them are greatly likable. This is particularly true of the two leads, who are abusive, frustrated, and bitter--until their unexpected affair forces them to evolve in new directions. Even so, their motives remain problematic, and the conclusion of the film offers little in the way of closure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 days ago by Michael Duerden
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully acted.
A very poignant story, beautifully acted.
Published 18 days ago by Dennis Howson
4.0 out of 5 stars Very powerful drama as Billy Bob Thornton's prison warder character...
Very powerful drama as Billy Bob Thornton's prison warder character finds some peace and redemption with the traumatised widow of one of his death row prisoners.
Published 2 months ago by A Warwick
1.0 out of 5 stars loathesome, pointless, rambling; no merit at all, considering what it...
this could have been a fascinating study of a single mum, a lonely man, a love story, via a bit of racism. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andy Back
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow depressing movie
Brilliant performances from all the actors - Halle Berry won an award or two. Billy Bob Thornton turns in a fantastic performance as the Prison Guard. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Billy Ray Cyrus
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story line
This is a good movie... has a great line-up of actors/ actresses... Has some tears wrenching scenes... Halle Berry-great actress. Bit of a mysterious film. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Marion Williams
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Published 17 months ago by Heyward Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Very good film, monsters ball is one of the all time greats, Halle Berry got an oscar for it. Nnnmmmm !!!! I reserve my comment on the oscar cos this is a public forum. ... Lol.
Published 21 months ago by AYODEJI-GODFATHA5
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
What an amazing film! It was recommended to me and i am glad i got it..Excellent story line will be watching it again!
Published 22 months ago by Tiny.titch
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst of Hollywood
Predicable, painfully slow, one cliche after another. Bad acting from the leads. The only thing worth watching was the brief sex scene although anything graphic was cut out. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2012 by Mr Viewer
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