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Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The / L'imaginarium du Docteur Parnassus (Bilingual)

Johnny Depp , Heath Ledger , Terry Gilliam    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present-day. It tells the story of Dr. Parnassus and his extraordinary Imaginarium, a travelling show where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Doctor Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. An inveterate gambler, thousands of years ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr. Nick, in which he won immortality. Centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr. Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his daughter reached her 16th birthday, she would become the property of Mr Nick. Special Features: • Audio commentary by Terry Gilliam • Introduction by Terry Gilliam: Terry Gilliam inviting the audience to watch his film. • Deleted Scene of kid who enters the Imaginarium: A young kid enters the Imaginarium to escape his parents and finds himself in a fantastic couloured landscape, like the videogame he’s playing. • Deleted Scene / Commentary by Terry Gilliam: Terry Gilliam explains the making of this scene with the kid and the reason of the deletion. • Behind the mirror: This featurette is a first presentation of the world of the film, with interviews and making off scenes. • The Imaginarium of Terry Gilliam: In this featurette, Terry Gilliam explains his vision and the whole crew talks about their collaboration with him. • Building the Monastery: The production design team, the VFX team, the matte-painting team all talk about how the Monastery came to life, from imagination to realization. • The Drunk scene for the Multi angle sequence: When a drunk disturbs the show, he enters the Imaginarium where he’s grabbed by a hand creature before having to choose between a mountain of stairs and a bar, held by the Devil. Four windows on screen show each step of creation : Storyboards and previz, blue screen, integration of the first VFX, and the completed sequence. • Heath and Friends: Terry Gilliam, Cast and Crew speak about Heath Ledger and their relationship with him and the movie. • Heath Wardrobe Tests: Heath Ledger, shot during his first wardrobe and make up tests. • Heath Wardrobe Tests : Audio and video commentary by Terry Gilliam: The Director and friend’s moving commentary about these never seen images. • Segments of interview of Heath Ledger: Heath Ledger speaks about the film and his involvment in the project and with Terry Gilliam. • Dr Parnassus around the World: Montage from the Cannes Film Festival in May 2009 to the Japanese Premiere in January 2010, passing by the red carpets of London and Rome. • Cast and Crew: Presentation on stage with Terry Gilliam and the cast & crew at the London Premiere in October 2009. • Trailer

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Entrez dans un monde éblouissant de fantaisie avec L’Imaginarium du Docteur Parnassus, l’aventure féerique du réalisateur Terry Gilliam mettant en vedette Heath Ledger dans son ultime rôle au cinéma, accompagné par Christopher Plummer, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell et Jude Law. En échange de pouvoirs extraordinaires, le docteur Parnassus (Plummer) conclut un marché avec le diable, l’obligeant à lui céder l’un de ses enfants à l’âge de 16 ans. L’anniversaire de sa fille Valentina (Lily Cole) approchant, un mystérieux inconnu (Ledger) arrive avec le pouvoir de tout changer. Dans cette course contre la montre merveilleusement ingénieuse, captivante et explosive, le Docteur Parnassus doit se battre pour sauver sa fille. Malgré une interminable série d’obstacles surréalistes, il met fin une fois pour toutes à ses erreurs du passé!

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gilliam's Modern Masterpiece May 6 2010
By LeBrain HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I am such a huge Terry Gilliam fan that I wasn't sure exactly how to review this movie. I decided that the only to do it is AS a fan, warts and all. Non-fans may not get as much use out of this review, but I hope you find it informative anyway.

Everybody knows the backstory to this movie, yet another Gilliam disaster. Heath Ledger died before his parts had been finished and the world was in shock. Such a bright talent snuffed out way too early. Gilliam however, as he sometimes does, turned this tragedy into something potentially revitalizing for the film. As everybody knows he cast Johnny Deep, Jude Law and Collin Farrel to complete Ledger's parts. As an added touch, he credits the film as brought to you "by Heath Ledger and Friends".

Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) is an ancient being, granted immortality by a man known as Mr. Nick (Tom Waits) who is actually the devil himself in a bowler hat and meticulously kept pencil moustache. Only the creepy hair on his ears betray any demonic origin. Parnassus, it seems has a penchant for betting, and Nick is never one to turn down a wager. Parnasses owes Nick the soul of his only daughter Valentina (Lily Cole) on her 16th birthday. Mr. Nick turns up and can't resist another bet. There's a chance to save Valentina, who is oblivious to her fate.

I don't want to spoil exactly what Parnassus does or what the imaginarium is, except to say there is a magic mirror which you can enter, and a fantasy world unfolds. This is where Gilliam becomes his most Gilliam-esque. Gilliam fans will notice visuals that have been percolating in his imagination for decades, most notably from the never-made film The Defective Detective.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gilliam's gorgeous artistry on blu-ray June 3 2010
By Cheryl TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
The visual imagination of Terry Gilliam is the true star of this film, and it is stunning on blu-ray. If the tragic loss of lead actor Heath Ledger had not been so well publicized, the film might be better known for its incredible creativity. Still in this case the tragedy's solution has added to the film's overall artistic drive. (Is there any filmmaking disaster Gilliam has not endured?) Despite the apparent resourceful casting accomplishments, for me, it's Tom Waits as the devil that is truly inspired. Additionally, bonus features include numerous brief featurettes (many focusing on Ledger), plus commentary by the director, and visual description for the visually impaired. Highly recommended for anyone interested in exploring Terry Gilliam's artistry and imagination, both visually and thematically.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun with smoke and mirrors July 21 2010
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
First time through the film, one can be a tad antsy trying to place this experience in the standard envelope. After the commentary, you learn to go with the flow. You may also find a pattern.

I will not give a blow by blow of the story but I found the concept of people from a different time of the world contrasting with today's lifestyle. Not necessarily, the main theme but a major is that of going through the mirror. It has been used from Alice, "Through the looking Glass" and even the contemporary movie "MirrorMask". I wonder if it has a deeper physiological meaning that I missed.

We also get to kibitz as Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) banters with Mr. Nick (Tom Waits) and we all know how that classily turns out. The only time anyone comes out ahead in negotiations was in the film "The Devil and Daniel Webster". Will Parnassus beat the devil?

Therefore, the film is satisfying on many levels from the acting to the visuals to the on purpose lack of a structure to the story. The name Parnassus has a meaning in its self. Yes, there are Blu-ray extras; luckily, they do not distract from the movie.
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