12 Monkeys Special Edition

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The year is 2035 and humankind subsists in a desolate netherworld following an airborne viral holocaust. Desperate scientists time-shuttle a convict, james cole, to the past in hopes of discovering a means of saving the future. When cole arrives in 1996, he's deemed mad and placed in an asylum.


Studio Universal
SKU 40709195
UPC 025192545221
UPC 14 00025192545221
Format DVD
Release Date 10/2/2012
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Time Travel
Editors Note
Note When a man enters a hospital claiming to have journeyed back in time from the year 2025 to stop a killer virus from exterminating mankind, a beautiful psychologist decides he might be more than delusional. Terry Gilliam populates this labyrinthine, apocalyptic film with twisted characters and eerie revelations. The film was shot primarily in Philadelphia; Gilliam uses the more dilapidated area of the city to the film's apocalyptic advantage. The film is based on the 1962 French short film LA JETEE.
Plot Summary
Summary In this intriguing science fiction film from director Terry Gilliam, penal colony prisoner James Cole must travel back in time from the year 2035 to find the cause of a virus that killed five billion people in 1997.| Cole's trip into the past won't be easy. For starters, he winds up in the wrong year on his first attempt. Once, as he time-travels, Cole ends up a prisoner in an insane asylum in 1990. There, he meets psychiatrist Kathryn Railly and inmate Jeffrey Goines, who could hold the key to the epidemic's spread. Cole later winds up in the middle of a World War I battlefield. | After meeting James for a second time, in another year, Dr. Railly gets further involved in his quest. Although she thinks at first that Cole must be crazy, Kathryn soon starts to believe him and attempts to help.| But James has already started to question his own sanity and tries to figure out if his journeys through time are real or if he's just been imagining everything.
Premiere "...Plenty of surrealistic fluorish..." 12/01/1995 p.36
Rolling Stone "...Pitt is terrific....Solving the riddle of 12 MONKEYS is an exhilarating challenge..." 01/29/1996 p.64-66
USA Today "...A Hitchcockian chase...A crowd-pleasing airport-pursuit pic..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars 12/27/1995 p.1D
Entertainment Weekly "...A near-fractal script,...[an] achingly battered performance [by Willis]...and its own pell-mell momentum....Emotional urgency..." -- Rating: B 07/12/1996 pp.64-5
Los Angeles Times "...An unlikely love story combined with a visionary detective yarn....Mystifying, intriguing..." 12/27/1995 p.F1
Terry Gilliam
Bruce Willis
Brad Pitt
Madeleine Stowe
Cast & Crew
Brad Pitt - Actor
Bruce Willis - Actor
Chris Marker - Writer
Christopher Plummer - Actor
David Peoples - Writer
Janet Peoples - Writer
Madeleine Stowe - Actor
Paul Buckmaster - Musical Score
Robert Cavallo, et al. - Producer
Roger Pratt - Director of Photography
Terry Gilliam - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1995
Catalog ID 25452
UPC 00025192545221
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 130 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Oscar (1996) Brad Pitt, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe (1996) Brad Pitt, Winner, Best Supporting Actor
ReviewSource Reel Views
Review ...it is refreshing to encounter a movie with a logical, intelligent approach to the dangers of zipp
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review 12 Monkeys is a grandiose cinematic invention, cleverly turning the present-day urban America
Reviewer Peter Stack
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Willis,Bruce
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Janet Maslin, New York Times Fierce and disturbing, with a plot that skillfully resists following any familiar course.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...a disturbing and dazzling lost world.

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