MonkeyBone (Rental) (2001)
|Year Of Production||2001|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Henry Selick|
Twentieth Century Fox
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||Yes|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Monkeybone is a film about a promising animator who is trapped in a coma and must fight his way out to return to his true love.
Stu Miley (Brendan Fraser) is a young comic artist who is starting a promising animation career and is just about to propose to his girlfriend (Bridget Fonda). A television series featuring his comic character Monkeybone has just been picked up by the Comedy Channel and his future seems assured. Unfortunately, a freak accident leaves Stu in a coma and he must recover before his family pulls the plug on his life support.
While in his coma, Stu is trapped in Downtown, a place filled with other coma victims, where people's nightmares are the main form of entertainment. While trapped here, Stu meets up with his creation, Monkeybone, and they decide to find a way back to reality before they are sent to the land of death.
I would not be surprised if you missed this film at the cinemas as it received very little publicity and had a short theatrical run. Watching the movie, it is easy to see why this happened as the film fails on numerous levels. While the initial idea for this film had some potential, this movie fails to engage the audience with unsympathetic characters and comedy that misses the mark. If you are a big Brendan Fraser fan, you may want to check this out but do not have high expectations.
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer is extremely sharp throughout and excellent levels of detail are visible at all times. No low level noise was detected at any stage during this transfer. During the numerous dark scenes during Stu's coma, excellent levels of shadow detail are always visible.
The natural colour palette is accurately reproduced by this transfer. During many of the scenes in Downtown and the land of death, an extremely vibrant and varied colour palette is used and this remains well-saturated with no bleeding or other problems detected.
No MPEG artefacts were detected during the transfer.
Some minor aliasing artefacts may be seen during this transfer with examples visible at 16:55, 31:17, 48:22, 59:46, 61:46 and 66:09. Each of these artefacts are quite minor and are only minimally distracting.
Some very minor film artefacts were detected. Some examples of these artefacts may be seen at 0:59, 2:40, 9:19, 30:27 and 36:34. All of these artefacts are very minor and are not distracting to the viewer.
A single set of white English subtitles for the Hearing Impaired are included on this disc. I extensively sampled these subtitles and they appear to be consistently accurate.
The dialogue is clear and easy to understand at all times. No dropouts or problems with audio sync were detected.
The musical score by Anne Dudley suits the on-screen action but, like the movie itself, is quickly forgotten.
The surround channels are used extensively throughout the transfer for both the score and effects to create an enveloping mix.
The subwoofer channel is effectively used occasionally throughout the movie but never draws attention to itself.
|Surround Channel Use|
The very basic non-animated menu is presented at either 1.78:1 or 1.33:1 depending upon your player setup.
The Region 4 rental version of this disc misses out on;
The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;
As this is currently only a rental release, a fair region comparison between retail versions may not be made at this time.
Monkeybone is an instantly forgettable comedy that holds no lasting appeal for viewers.
The 1.85:1 16x9 enhanced video transfer is of excellent quality with only very minor aliasing and film artefacts visible.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix for this feature is well-produced and creates an enveloping soundfield.
No extras are included on this disc.
|DVD||Toshiba 1200, using S-Video output|
|Display||Sony KP-E41SN11. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Front left/right: ME75b; Center: DA50ES; rear left/right: DA50ES; subwoofer: NAD 2600 (Bridged)|
|Speakers||Front left/right: VAF DC-X; Center: VAF DC-6; rear left/right: VAF DC-7; subwoofer: Custom NHT-1259|