I know you just want to get to the monsters though. Without giving too much away, they are phenomenal. Gorgeous and terrifying, and seen just enough to satisfy curiosity. (I've heard some amazing theories about why the creatures look the way they do, and it made me think all the more about the possibilities nature can create with a little DNA.) All the more amazing? The budget at which they were produced. So many aspects of this movie rival and even outshine their big-budget counterparts. All done with a single-digit crew, two credited actors and in-house special effects. (In fact, most of the supporting roles were just locals on location improvising and speaking given lines.) This is even more impressive during the grand-scale sweeping scenes of South American scenery and the incredible close-ups of the creatures' eggs. The Blu-ray transfer is crisp and clean and the CGI stands up incredibly.
Deleted and Extended Scenes: Some long and kinda weak improvisation and boring scenes involving extended bureaucratic stuff that was thankfully edited out. Seriously, this is some boring shit.
HDNet: A Look At MONSTERS: A great juxtaposition of the basic raw footage and the polished finished product. McNairy and Able talk about just how basic this production was. (No make-up, no craft service table, etc) There's also a slightly ridiculous theatrical trailer.
Interview with Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able: The real-life couple talk about getting the parts of Andrew and Sam, including a homemade pitch by Gareth Edwards of his own storyboards, sketches and the genesis for his idea. Also some cutesy inside jokes and anecdotes. To me, at least, McNairy looks just like Geoff from Ace of Cakes, and sounds just like David Duchovny.
Interview with Gareth Edwards: Edwards talks about having to shelve this idea for so long and how he finally got his foot in the door of production. ("Let me direct and I'll do the effects for free.") Some of this repeats what he says in the NY Comic-Con clip. He also defends the blase feel of having alien monsters living among us after six years, comparing it to the apathy we now feel about the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Visual Effects: Gareth Edwards sits in what looks like my living room and talks about his history in visual effects and animation. The producers talk about being impressed by Edwards' ability to create incredible visuals and drama with a small budget. There's also some cool before and after shots showing how the creatures and the giant wall were put in post-filming. We also get a glimpse into how Edwards' saw his film in his head while filming and interesting directions to the actors. "Wherever you look, Ill put something there later."
NY Comic-Con Discussion with Gareth Edwards: A brief and somewhat awkward panel where Edwards discusses how he came up with the creature design and drops a lot of f-bombs.
Behind the Scenes of MONSTERS: A long and sometimes lagging featurette that does make you appreciate the small budget and even smaller crew that made this incredibly sharp and finished production. Some funny scenes develop from the impromptu filming on location and improvisation on the cast's part.