Sling Blade/Monster's Ball [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]

  • SKU: 7428561
  • Release Date: 01/29/2013
  • Rating: R
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Sling Blade
Sling Blade marked the directorial debut of country singer turned actor Billy Bob Thornton, who also authored the script (expanding George Hickenlooper's acclaimed short Some Folks Call it a Sling Blade) and stars in the picture. Thornton plays Karl Childers, a mildly retarded man who spent most of his life in a mental institution. When Karl was a boy, he was severely mistreated by his abusive father (Robert Duvall). At age 12, Karl found his mother having intercourse with a man who tormented him endlessly; he snapped, flew into a homicidal rage, and killed both individuals by decapitating them. Years later, as a middle-aged man, Karl is deemed harmless to society and released from the mental institution where he resides. Karl says he has learned his lesson and adds, "I reckon I got no reason to kill no one." He returns to the town of his boyhood, where he's befriended by Frank (Lucas Black), the son of a widowed mother who sees the eccentric but open-hearted Karl as a kindred spirit. Karl also gets a job at a fix-it shop and resides in the backroom, until Frank's mother, Linda (Natalie Canerday), takes a liking to Karl and lets him stay with them. However, Karl also meets Doyle (Dwight Yoakam), Linda's boyfriend, a sadistically cruel, narrow-minded drunk who tosses casual abuse at Frank, treats Linda like dirt, and mocks Karl endlessly. The late John Ritter co-stars as Linda's friend Vaughan, a mild-mannered homosexual who works at the neighborhood dollar store. Musicians Col. Bruce Hampton and Vic Chesnutt are among Doyle's party guests. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Monster's Ball
Director Marc Forster, winner of Best Feature at Slamdance for his debut film Loungers (1996) and the "Someone to Watch" Independent Spirit Award for his indie drama Everything Put Together (2000), follows up those acclaimed projects with this intense, racially charged romance. Billy Bob Thornton stars as Georgia prison guard Hank Grotowski, a hard-drinking racist ex-cop whose father, Buck (Peter Boyle), is dying of emphysema and whose son, Sonny (Heath Ledger), works the execution detail at the prison's death row. When Sonny commits suicide, Hank is devastated and quits his job, spiraling into a deep depression until, one night, he comes to the aid of Leticia (Halle Berry), a beautiful African-American woman whose son, Tyrell (Coronji Calhoun), has been hit by a car. When Tyrell dies, Leticia and Hank find themselves to be unexpected soul mates linked together by tragic grief. It's not long before Hank discovers that Leticia is the widow of Lawrence Musgrove (Sean Combs), the man whose execution by electric chair he and his late son helped to orchestrate. Monster's Ball (2001) is based on a screenplay by actors Milo Addica and Will Rokos, who spent five years developing their script into a feature. Their title refers to the name of an English tradition requiring jailers to throw a party for a condemned man on the night before his death. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Billy Bob Thornton
    Billy Bob Thornton - Karl Childers
  • Dwight Yoakam
    Dwight Yoakam - Doyle Hargraves
  • J.T. Walsh
    J.T. Walsh - Charles Bushman
  • John Ritter
    John Ritter - Vaughan Cunningham
  • Lucas Black
    Lucas Black - Frank Wheatley



Overall customer rating

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

100%of customers would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Two great films at one low price.

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    HDremake
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    Two very memorable Billy Bob Thorton films. He is such a great actor and these movies are the proof. He really doesn't do that many movies so its always nice to see a good film he does. Sling Blade is a classic. Monster's Ball is a very dark film with great performances from all the actors. If you are a Billy Bob Thorton fan than these movies are for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great movies

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    Tru3k3v
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    Saw sling blade..good movie, but i wanted to see monsters ball..heard it was a good movie. seen the double feature so i had to get it. Classics! What more to say

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    two of the finest movies

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    leopardillo12
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    2 Oscar winner movies in one pack, great price, great drama and the story invites us to value life in every sense, especially sling blade

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Billy Bob

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    BuckeyeBrian
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    Two Great Movies for a Great Price. Billy Bob is SUPERB in Sling Blade. If you have not seen this movie-SEE IT.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not sorry I got it

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    jurglor
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    My wife wanted Slingblade, but for a little more got two movies. She loves it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Dark

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    Gary
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    I've always liked both of these movies, both very dark.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movies

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    MNKay
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    2 of my fave Billy Bob Thornton movies. Great actor. Great movies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    good movie

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    sledneck
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    An old classic for Sling Blade. I liked the other movie as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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