DVD review

Monster's Ball

An immaculate, determinedly unsentimental Marc Forster film, with breathtakingly honest performances from Halle Berry and, especially, Billy Bob Thornton. Death Row prison guard Thornton's family are traditionally racist; Berry's husband (Sean "Puffy" Combs) is executed. In a pit of despair, an unlikely, colour-blind love blooms between the two. One of 2002's best.

DVD EXTRAS: Extra footage, cast and film-makers commentaries, isolated soundtrack.

Rating: 5 / 10

Retail dvd (entertainment in video, widescreen)


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