Monster House (2006) (DVD)
Starring Jason Lee et al
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There Goes The Neighborhood. Although no adults will believe them, three children realize a neighbor's house is really a monster. They must find a way to stop the house and save the neighborhood.
Shane, Isipingo Beach. 6 December 2006
This film was a welcomed twist to the whole CGI Animated features that have graced our screens in recent years. The story was dark, and definitely not for younger audiences. I suppose that was the appealing bit to me. It can get a bit scary in some places, so parents, be warned ! The overall dvd is quite a nice package. The Video and Sound are of reference quality, and the extras are pretty decent.
The Dolby track is phenomenal and is sampled at 448kbps. Plenty of surround usage to help carry the ambient noises and the score. The sub-woofer gets a healthy workout, and there's plenty of directional effects that make the film feel a bit more "eerie." All in all, a very impressive mix.
If you enjoyed films like The Goonies and Ghostbusters, this film should be on your list to buy. It was'nt a commercial success, but I have a very strange feeling that it will become a cult classic in future years to come. My advice would be grab this film while you can, and don't let negative reviews put you off. You must understand that this film was perceived to be another Pixar type of, CGI animated film to the American public, and, when they did'nt get what they expected, they ended up dissing the film, which is, well, stupid.
Rent first if you're unsure, but from my point of view, you're gonna want to add Monster House to your collection, right next to Ghostbusters and The Goonies.
Sean, DURBAN. 13 December 2006
It’s hard to find an animation movie these days where you can’t find any form of enjoyment in at least some way or the other. It seems that in the last three years animated movie releases have at least doubled since the days of getting maybe three major releases per year. Anyways, they’re all mostly enjoyable and so follow Monster House from Producers Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg.
I hate reviewing animation movies because I don’t want to say anything bad about them, but we’ve got so many mature themed animated movies being released these days that you have to look at them as not just kids movies anymore. The best I can do is giving you an indication of some of the ones I prefer and those I don’t. My all time favourite still remains the two Toy Stories. I enjoyed the first Ice Age and The Incredibles. I didn’t like Shark’s Tale and Hoodwinked. Finding Nemo was average as was Madagascar.
Monster House certainly has an interesting premise about a living house swallowing people who trespass on its property. I had no quibbles with the storyline and it was thoroughly entertaining for most parts. The animations were certainly impressive and add to that some very nice camera angles if I can put it that way. There’s a lot of interesting characters and it is actually quite a frightening movie considering it’s aimed at the smaller ones. I’ve read that to secure a pg rating they had to show all the people that got eaten by the house actually survived. So as the end credits roll we get to see them one by one getting out. Interesting indeed.
On the other side it’s no Shrek in terms of entertainment value, but it does have it’s moments especially when the house starts to go on a rampage through the streets being the highlight for me. The voice talent is good and I’m looking forward to another animated edition from Spielberg and Zemeckis.
Featuring a vast addition of voice talents they were all very good in what must probably be the simplest part of making an animated feature. Standouts included Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) in a small section as well as Steve Buscemi playing one of the supporting characters. Furthermore I don’t think there’s a lot more one can talk about because it’s really about getting the right voice to suite the character which was mainly well done in this feature.
VIOLENCE & GORE
No such thing here besides a house eating animated characters. Gross!!!
T & A
Yeah there’s one section that makes the scene in Team America look like amateurs…Naught!! Although I did see something that might have been “the houses” private parts…
Some nice scary tunes compliment the film nicely. Mostly your random average score that you barely ever listen to when watching these sort of films.
Cover art clearly sets the tone of the movie. The menu design is fairly average with moving backgrounds. This dvd grabs my attention more than any of the other recent releases.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
8 December 2006
English Dolby Digital 5.1; Dolby Stereo 2.0
English for the hearing impaired; Hindi; English
Filmmaker Commentary, Inside Monster House (23:05), Evolution of a Scene, the Art of Monster House, Trailers
PICTURE & AUDIO
This disc impressed me with its crystal clear visuals and very nice use of the surrounds and sub-woofer. I couldn’t find fault in the visual department of the disc, really well done. As for the 5.1 mix it’s impressive as with most animated movies. The only way it could have been better was perhaps with a DTS track but it’s a really good 5.1 mix.
Some decent additions in the bonus features section if your interested to find out more about the film. I always look at quality and not quantity and this is a good example. There’s not a lot but what is there is sufficient enough. I’m sure there are lots more that will probably be added for some ‘big’ edition but until then this will do just fine.
This is a nice disc that should fit nicely into your collection of other animated films, hey this might look just as nice next to Ghostbusters and so forth. Certainly one of the better animations released in the past year well complimented by great visual and audio quality. Worth a buy for sure.
Region 2 - Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories.