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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "12 Monkeys" )

 

directed by Terry Gilliam
USA 1995

An intense film about time travel, this sci-fi entry was directed by Terry Gilliam, a member of the comedy troupe Monty Python. The film stars Bruce Willis as James Cole, a prisoner of the state in the year 2035 who can earn parole if he agrees to travel back in time and thwart a devastating plague. The virus has wiped out most of the Earth's population and the remainder live underground because the air is poisonous. Returning to the year 1990, six years before the start of the plague, Cole is soon imprisoned in a psychiatric facility because his warnings sound like mad ravings. There he meets a scientist named Dr. Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe) and Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt), the mad son of an eminent virologist (Christopher Plummer). Cole is returned by the authorities to the year 2035, and finally ends up at his intended destination in 1996. He kidnaps Dr. Railly in order to enlist her help in his quest. Cole discovers graffiti by an apparent animal rights group called the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, but as he delves into the mystery, he hears voices, loses his bearings, and doubts his own sanity. He must figure out if Goines, who seems to be a raving lunatic, holds the key to the puzzle. ~ Michael Betzold

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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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 with time. This sci-fi masterpiece from the genius mind of Terry Gilliam is a modern-day classic.

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We know by now to expect both visual daring and moral heft from Gilliam, who made "Brazil" and "The Fisher King." What's remarkable about "12 Monkeys" is that, despite its decade-hopping abandon, the film makes a chilling kind of narrative sense. To Gilliam's quiver of attributes this new movie adds a quality that's on the endangered list in today's Hollywood: coherence.

Excerpt from Scott Rosenberg of Salon.com located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 27 December 1995

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Universal (Special Edition - Limited Edition) - Region 2,4 - PAL vs. Universal Home Video (DTS Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Universal Home Video (Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Universal - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow, Enrico and Gary Tooze for the DVD Screen Caps!

1) Universal (Special Edition - Limited Edition) - Region 2,4 - PAL LEFT

2) Universal Home Video (DTS Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Universal Home Video (Special Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Universal - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FOURTH

5) Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Universal

Region 2,4 - PAL

Universal Home Video

Region 1 - NTSC

Universal Home Video (SE)
Region 1 - NTSC
Universal Home Video
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Arrow
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Runtime 2:04:08 (4% PAL speedup) 2:09:16 2:09:20 2:09:20.592 2:09:31.680
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.51 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.4 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.30 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 42,447,380,218 bytes

Feature: 38,565,728,256 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.65 Mbps

Codec: VC-1 Video

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,325,759,087 bytes

Feature: 34,231,440,768 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

 

Universal Home PAL

 

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Universal Home Video (DTS Edition)

 

Bitrate:

Universal Home Video (Special Edition)

 

Bitrate:  Universal

Blu-ray

Bitrate: Arrow

Blu-ray

Audio

5.1 Dolby Digital (384 Kbs) English, 2.0 Dolby Digital (192 Kbs) Spanish (dub), 2.0 Dolby Digital (192 Kbs) Italian (dub)

English DTS 5.1 (fullrate), Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround English (Dolby Digital 5.1), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 5.1)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 4192 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4192 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DUBs: DTS Audio French 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Italian 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3723 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3723 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps
Subtitles English, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish, None none English, Spanish, French, none English, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Greek, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, none English (SDH), none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by Terry Gilliam and Charles Roven
• The Hamster Factor (1:27:34 / 4:3)
• Production Notes
• Cast and Filmmakers
• Theatrical Trailer (2:20 / 4:3 P/S)

DVD Release Date: November 12, 2003
Amarey

Chapters 45

Release Information:
Studio: Universal Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• none

DVD Release Date: 16 March 1999
Amaray

Chapters 44
 

Release Information:
Studio: Universal Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85

Edition Details:
• Commentary by director Terry Gilliam and producer Charles Roven
• The Hamster Factor and Other Tales documentary(1:27:27)
• Archives and production notes
• Theatrical Trailer
 

DVD Release Date: May 10th, 2005
Keep case

Chapters 44

Release Information:
Studio: Universal Home Video

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 42,447,380,218 bytes

Feature: 38,565,728,256 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.65 Mbps

Codec: VC-1 Video

 

Edition Details:
• Commentary by director Terry Gilliam and producer Charles Roven
• The Hamster Factor and Other Tales documentary(1:27:27)
• 12 Monkeys Archives
• Theatrical Trailer
 

Blu-ray Release Date: July 28th, 2009
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters 44

Release Information:
Studio: Arrow

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,325,759,087 bytes

Feature: 34,231,440,768 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Audio commentary by Terry Gilliam and producer Charles Roven
• "The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys", feature-length fly-on-the-wall documentary on the making-of Twelve Monkeys, directed by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe (Lost in La Mancha) (1:27:34)
• The Film Exchange with Terry Gilliam, an interview with Gilliam and critic Jonathan Romney, recorded at the 1996 London Film Festival (23:50)
• Brand-new appreciation by Ian Christie, author of Gilliam on Gilliam (16:11)
The Twelve Monkeys Archives
• Theatrical trailer (02:26)
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
• FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Nathan Rabin and archive materials
 

Blu-ray Release Date: October 29th, 2018
Transparent Blu-ray case

Chapters 13

 

 

Comments NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Arrow Blu-ray - November 18':  Arrow Video's Blu-ray of "Twelve Monkeys" is a brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original 35mm negative by Arrow Films, with the grading approved by director Terry Gilliam. The film is housed on a dual-layered Blu-ray with a supportive bitrate. The feature is shown in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Gilliam's wildly kinetic camera work is at play here and the new Arrow Blu-ray seems to do a better job of capturing the graininess and detail of film and its inherent texture (and sometimes lack thereof). There is definitely more grain in this release, as well as a boosted contrast. Certain scenes do appear a bit darker, but this is hardly noticeable nor is it a complaint. Though moments can look a little 'Vaseline-lens' fuzzy, that is due to the chosen aesthetic of the film, and not a fault of this transfer. Colors look better here too, notice that in the first capture (not counting the subtitle capture) how Bruce Willis' face goes from a somewhat basic reddish hue, to a more complicated and life like tone. This is not too showy of a transfer (which is odd in such a technically marvelous and "showy" film) but it is a good one.

The audio also gets a new transfer here, with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track as well as a 24-bit 2.0 linear PCM stereo option. To my ears, this isn't much different from the sound in the previous Blu-ray release, as both sound quite good. The film's sounds range from the minute to the cacophonous and they are both represented nicely here, as well as everything in between. There are optional English subtitles on this
Blu-ray, available in both Region A (North America) and Region B (Europe) - essentially Region FREE.

Arrow Video carry over some of the previous extras to this new
Blu-ray; the commentary with Gilliam and Roven is here, as is the feature-length documentary on the making of the film, as well as archival material and the film's trailer. There is also a brand-new 16-minute appreciation by author Ian Christie. Christie is the author of Gilliam on Gilliam. "The Film Exchange with Terry Gilliam" is a 24-minute interview with Gilliam and critic Jonathan Romney, recorded at the 1996 London Film Festival. The first pressing of this Blu-ray comes with an illustrated collector's bookley featuring new writing on the film by Nathan Rabin as well as archival materials. There is also a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the awesome Gary Pullin.

Arrow Video's improvements over the previous Universal
Blu-ray may seem slight, but the film definitely benefits from the bump in image quality, and slightly more extras (as well as the old ones). Terry Gilliam almost achieves "Brazil" levels of greatness here, but is somewhat restrained by being in the shadow of Chris Marker's experimental photo-film La Jetée. Marker's unique still-photo technique somehow bests Gilliam's everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach, though the two works create a rather lovely symbiosis. Sci-fi fans should absolutely pick up this Blu-ray, and La Jetée while they're at it.

Colin Zavitz

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ADDITION: Universal Blu-ray - July 09':  Typical of a Gilliam film the camera is very fluid and the motion can inhibit a demonstrative expanse of detail in our screen caps. The Blu-ray does improve in the anticipated areas but it is the type of films where you may have to be fairly discerning to note the superiority. This came out in the now defunct HD-DVD format but this is surely a new transfer (although also VC-1 encoded) as the film takes up over 38 Gig of space on the dual-layered Blu-ray disc - surpassing the capacity of that other 1080P format. Grain is much more prominent than on any of the DVDs. Skin tones warm-up on the Blu-ray and comparatively the SE looks a shade greenish. Detail still advances an obvious notch.

NOTE: We often have some nay-sayers to our DVD vs. Blu-ray comparisons. Yes, it's true Blu-ray should always win this heads-up competition regarding image, and sound, quality but its the degree of superiority that makes it important to note for purchasers who might be considering a straight upgrade. Even though the hi-def format produces the higher resolution - we don't always feel a double-dip is necessary. But saying that - in this particular case - I think the Blu-ray is worthy for the strongly improved visuals. In motion it is definitely smoother but retains the films natural textures. This is a good high-definition transfer in my opinion.

The DTS-HD Master 5.1 at a whopping 4192 kbps blows away the DVD tracks more definitely than the image. It's far more dynamic and aggressive when called upon. Bass has some healthy moments and Paul Buckmaster's original score (that he also conducts) has some potent moments and the film flows beautifully in-sync with the tone of the soundtrack. There are a host of English and foreign language subtitle options (plus a French and Spanish DTS DUBs) and my Momitsu identifies this Blu-ray as being region FREE! 

Extras don't appear improved or added to in any way from the SE from 2005. The highlights are the commentary - listening to Gilliam is always a treat - and the "featurette" The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys; a full length documentary (1:27:27) of the same people that did LOST IN LA MANCHA. It's fascinating to the see the evolution of this, another troubled, Gilliam effort thrust into the broader mainstream market - and it's battles to stay there and be accepted.   

I find my feeling about this are similar to other Gilliam films I've seen - the concept is magnificent and although he doesn't pull it off as I would have anticipated - it is nonetheless memorable with multiple diverging genre elements - in this you find noir, science-fiction, avant-garde, great characters and an often confusing subtext of animal rights and bourgeoisie agendas. This is a classic and the included extras are great to indulge in yet again. Gilliam remains a wonderfully introspective auteur. This Blu-ray is absolutely recommended!

 -GaryTooze


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Distribution

Universal

Region 2,4 - PAL

Universal Home Video

Region 1 - NTSC

Universal Home Video (SE)
Region 1 - NTSC
Universal Home Video
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Arrow
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