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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005QW5X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,220 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Mitchell/Pitt/Shor/Trask/Liscinski ~ Hedwig & The Angry Inch

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By Erika on April 21 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Adapted from the hit off-Broadway musical of the same name is this tale of an "internationally ignored" rock & roll singer who hails from Communist Berlin and who dreams of becoming an American sensation. Hedwig (John Cameron Mitchell), born a boy named Hansel, is raised by a single mother (Alberta Watson) who wishes to see her son do better than his poverty-stricken family. Some years later, Hansel is attracted to a good-looking American G.I, who promises a better life overseas for young Hansel, under one condition: that he undergo a sex-change operation to become a fully functional female who he can then marry. The operation is seriously botched, leaving the now-renamed Hedwig with an "angry inch" only to be stranded in a dingy Kansas trailer park on the day the Berlin Wall comes tumbling down. Hedwig then supports herself through a series of ill-fated lounge gigs and side jobs, meeting up with 16-year old Tommy Gnosis (Michael Pitt), a religious type who befriends her and later steals her songs and becomes the rock star Hedwig always dreamed of being. Undeterred, Hedwig continues to perform in the shadow of Tommy's sold-out stadium tour, attempting to make herself whole in spirit, if not physically. The film features several songs by composer Stephen Trask, who also appears as a member of Hedwig's disinterested rock band; Miriam Shor portrays Hedwig's newfound love and back-up singer.
A mixed-bag effort to translate John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's ambitious rock musical to the screen, this remains a worthwhile movie experience on any account, successfully opening up its heartfelt, often sad account of an "internationally ignored" rock singer suffering from a botched sex change operation.
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Format: VHS Tape
I have a feeling that in later years this movie will be as big a cult classic as ROCKY HORROR or BLOODSUCKING FREAKS. No, its not a great movie, but it has just the right amount of weirdness, pomp and some pretty good rock music to become one of the first major cult sucesses of the 21st century. It centers around a German transexual who after a sex change op gone wrong leaves him with the "angry inch" of the title, is appalled when his secret gay lover steals credit for his music and becomes a number one chart success and sets out to get his music back. The music is pretty good, but the movie itself isn't completely sucessful. That said it works better as a film because the visual elements including animation add to what is a rather bizarre, unique viewing experience. Naturally, I haven't seen the musical on which it is based (typical of me, I know) but I recommend it if you are in the mood to watch something a little different, though personally I think ROCKY HORROR stands head and shoulders over HEDWIG any day.
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If you are perhaps reluctant about either A.) buying or B.) viewing Hedwig and the Angry Inch due to its rather, um, odd, subject matter, you shouldn't be. Once you start watching it, it won't matter what the movie is about. This is quite an interesting, dazzling, and awesome movie musical. First off, John Cameron Mitchell is entirely convincing playing the transvestite Hedwig, and his costumes and fabulous selection of really fun wigs only add to the character. Mitchell creates what is perhaps the most highly likeable transvestite ever to hit the screen. Not to mention, the songs that Hedwig (the internationally ignored rock star) sings, are amazing. There is the very clever Origin of Love (done to a Yellow Submarine type animation sequence), the great Tear Me Down, the strangely fun Sugar Daddy, and Wig in a Box, which includes a sing along section which actually will have people singing along if you watch it with a large group. The movie is stylish, original, and even though questionnable in content, very likeable. I personally found Hedwig's backup bandmates to be perhaps the most amusing part of the movie. The guy with the red hair is awesome! (Watch out for their wrapped guitars and miniature drum sets)
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Hedwig was my favorite movie of 2001, and I was excited for the DVD. All those deleted scenes to see! And I was sure that John Cameron Mitchell would dish out a fantastic commentary.
The DVD is good - there's a fantastic "making of" documentary that's 80 minutes long, filled with fantastic tidbits and interviews with everyone from one of the folks who first invested in Hedwig on stage, all the way to John Cameron Mitchells parents. Great little feature documentary.
The deleted scenes are many scenes with Phyllis, Hedwig's manager, were cut out of the final film. And it's fun to watch the actor who played the young Hansel do his bed dances. Hilarious.
But the commentary with Mitchell and the cinemetography (or director of photography...can't remember which), was flat and dull. There were a few interesting tidbits revealed (trivia: what had Michael Pitt been eating before his and John's pivotal make out scene?), but on the whole, the commentary is bland and uninteresting....which is surprising, given the fantastic flavor and excitement of this movie.
So, I give the movie five stars, but the DVD only three...which evens out to four. Worth your time if you're a Hedwig fan, but if you're not sure about the movie, this DVD probably isnt' going to convince you.
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