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MONSTER HOUSE

Review by Chastity Campbell

Voices: Steve Buscemi, Nick Cannon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kevin James, Jason Lee, Catherine O'Hara, Kathleen Turner, Fred Willard, Jon Heder
Director: Gil Kenan
Video: 1.33:1 Fullscreen
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
Studio: Sony
Extra Features: See Review
Length: 91 Minutes
Release Date: October 24, 2006

Film ****

I don't have any children of my own, but I always find myself excited about family friendly DVDs.  Monster House is most definitely a family friendly DVD that has more entertainment value than any other DVD I have seen this year.

In an idyllic neighborhood where kids and families spend their days having barbeques and playing together, there is something not quite right about the old Nebbercracker house, and DJ knows it.

When the house becomes a living breathing Monster, DJ and his friends Chowder and Jenny, are determined to find out what is keeping this crazy house alive.  Before they know what hit them, these three kids are swept up into a battle for their very lives, and the lives of everyone in the neighborhood.

I tell you, not since Toy Story has an animated feature grabbed my attention like this one.  The animation, the story, and even the characters are all so unique that you will no doubt find yourself swept up into the story before you can say Jiminy Cricket!

I can honestly say that Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg have outdone themselves with this movie.  Not to mention the many famous and talented actors and actresses that lent their vocal talents to this film. 

You will be excited, enthralled and altogether awed once you pop this DVD in and press play.

Video ****

I really enjoyed the visual quality of this DVD.  The 1.33:1 Standard Fullscreen was nice.  All of the colors were crisp and clean. 

I really enjoy this type of animation.  It has a combination of stop motion, digital motion, and laser capture.  This truly is the next evolutionary step in animation, and if everyone doesn't hop on board this train, you'll be left weeping at the station my friends.

Audio ****

This DVD's Audio received a lot of attention prior to ever being burned to disc. The 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound was used to beautiful effect on this DVD.  All the dialogue was easily heard over the sound effects and music bed.  Nothing was too over powering or annoying. The audio levels remained constant throughout.

Features ****

So many extras, so little time!!!! 

The DVD case itself in an extra feature.  There is an interactive animation wheel on the outside of the box that lets you set the scene. 

There are 7 Individual featurettes that take you through the entire process of creating this Monster house. 

In addition there is a really fun and interesting extra called Mutli-Angle Evolution: Eliza vs. Nebbercracker.  Everyone in the family will enjoy this one.

Filmmaker Commentary is available throughout the film if you should so choose to hear it. 

For those artists out there The Art of Monster House - Photo Gallery will be of special interest. 

This DVD is also a DVD-ROM, meaning you can stick it into your laptop or PC and away you'll go to a Sony website full of surprises.

Two Ghoulish Games, Thou Art Dead and H.O.U.S.E will give your children (or you hehehe) hours of enjoyment.

Spooky downloads for your computer are also included.  Get Buddy Icons of your favorite Monster House character, or dress up your desktop with a spooky wallpaper. 

Screensavers are available but make sure you have mom & dad's permission before you put anything on the family computer.

Included with all this wonderful fun and excitement is an extra where you can insert your picture into a scene from the movie.  Just click and follow the prompts on the screen.  Before you know it, you'll be able to see yourself alongside your favorite Monster House character from the film.

Additional Frighteningly Fun Activities included with the DVD-ROM are:

Mad-Libs
Pumpkin Carving Templates
Stickers
A Maze
Word Scrambles
Word Search
Halloween Cards 

Again I say, so many extras, so little time!

Summary:

What can I say when you can have your cake and eat it too? Might as well indulge I always say!  Don't be a monster, get this DVD in your house today!

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