DVD Review: MONSTERS AT LARGE

MONSTERS AT LARGE was directed by Jason Murphy from a screenplay by Anthony Steven Giordano and stars Matthew Kosto, Auggie Pulliam, Alicia C. Del Aguila, Brooklynn PrinceTara McDonaldStephen Tobolowsky, with Mischa Barton and Austin St. John.

Monsters aren’t real…or are they? Alex decides to end his kid brother’s nightmares by forming a task force to take care of imaginary monsters. When their business becomes a hit, nothing can go wrong…until one of the monsters turns out to be real, and really big!

Alex is a good kid and cares enough about his younger brother that he comes up with a plan to help him sleep better at night by getting rid of the make believe monsters. Alex forms a team called “Monster Busters” with a few of his friends and once they put on this show for his brother, other families get word about their performance and they start doing this for them. What happens is, they actually bump into a real monster and have to come up with a way to get rid of it and in doing so they discover that maybe the monster isn’t so big and scary after all. In the end, it’s the monster that needs some help from Alex and his friends to help it get home.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The DVD disc is flat grey and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Monsters at Large is another one of those harmless movies that’s going to be geared towards a much younger audience and it has already been approved by the Dove Foundation for all ages. Simply put, the entire family can sit down and watch this one together without anyone getting offended or frightened. The story was okay and the movie itself played like a junior-sized version of Ghostbusters or maybe an episode of Goosebumps. The young cast did a good job with their characters but Mischa Barton and Austin St. John looked a little out of place in it. There’s a few special effects but the movie is a low budget feature so that means the monster is about as cheesy looking as it gets. Monsters at Large will be available on DVD on March 13th and is okay for a one time watch.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 92 Minutes

Rated: PG

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a “Monsters at Large: A Behind-the-Scenes Look” featurette.

 

 

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