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Oscar Winner <I>Monster</I> Hits DVD Packed With Extras

26 Mar, 2004 By: Jessica Wolf

It was one of the most-talked-about movies of Hollywood's award season and garnered Charlize Theron her first Academy Award nomination and win for her transformation into condemned serial killer Aileen Wuornos.

DEJ Productions' Monster streets June 1 (prebook April 29 DVD, May 11 VHS) from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment and is available as a single DVD at $26.95 or in a two-DVD set ($39.95) packaged with Nick Broomfield's documentary Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer.

Aside from the two-pack option, the Monster DVD offers extras that will pique the interest of viewers who want to know more about the back story of both the film and the real-life Aileen, said Andy Reimer, president of DEJ Productions, the film production and acquisition arm of Blockbuster Inc.

The widespread critical success of Monster, which earned $33.4 million in theaters, marks the first DEJ title to reach such lofty heights and hints at possibilities for future theatrical releases from the supplier, Reimer said.

Expectations are high for Monster's performance on DVD, he said. The complementary documentary DVD will help viewers dive into the process Theron used when transforming into the character.

“Because it's a film based on a sort of larger-than-life character -- in a sort of horrific sense -- it is pretty compelling viewing to then see Nick Broomfield's documentary,” he said. “While Charlize was making the movie, she watched a lot of this footage.”

Also included on the DVD is a making-of featurette with footage of the makeup process it took to turn the stunning Theron into the decidedly unglamorous Wuornos, Reimer said.

Other footage follows Theron, who also was one of the film's producers, and Monster writer/director Patty Jenkins as they traveled to places where Wuornos worked, bars she hung out in, even some of the locations where the murders occurred. Though there is no commentary track included, Monster DVD viewers will hear more from Jenkins on the disc through this making-of featurette.

“One of the things that might have gotten a bit overlooked in all the talk about the movie and Charlize's performance is that Patty's script is really thoughtfully written, and she talks a lot about what influenced her,” Reimer said.

Also included is an interview with Jenkins and the film's score composer, a DJ named BT.

“[Patty] was such a huge fan of BT and felt that his music was so appropriate for this story,” Reimer said.

Reimer said DEJ realized early on that there was great potential for Monster and found the “perfect” theatrical partner in Newmarket Films.

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