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

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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Heath Ledger, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, Christopher Plummer
  • Directors: Terry Gilliam
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Seville Pictures
  • Release Date: May 4 2010
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B003D3Y6GK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,953 in DVD (See Top 100 in 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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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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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 6 2010
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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As much as I'm a fan of Terry Gilliam's, there seems to be a 'tiredness' in his later works. Though the acting, set's, and story are there. There isn't quite the 'vim and vigor' Terry flourished with in Jabberwocky, Time Bandits, and Brazil. And the loss of Heath half way through shooting certainly would put a downer on Terry and crew. Amazing how Depp, Farrell, and Law came in to 'fill in the gaps'. But hard not to think of Terry as the thousand year old man that MUST keep the story going, or the whole universe may stop. And what kind of devil would take Heath from him, but make a bet three other actors could tie the ends together. I'm not sure if it's 'cosmic irony', coincidence, or sheer karma that has been plaguing Terry lately. Ever since his attempt at Don Quixote, Terry seems to have taken on the persona and/or is struggling with the wrath of God vis a vis Joab. Technically, I'd like to give this movie 3 stars. It's mish-mashed, too fast paced, and dare I say 'tired' in it's ways and vision's. Yet, there is no other 'vision' like Terry's. His enthusiasm to sell and defend his stories are as entertaining as John Waters, and the controversy, calamities, and near Nostradamus like predictability of art imitating life before the camera even roles is fascinating. And the stamina, gratitude, and outlook Terry retains when all is said and done - remarkable! No one goes 'into it' like Terry does, no one 'suffers through it' like Terry does. And no one has to 'live with it' like Terry does. And yet, all the best in Hollywood give Terry their best - for better or for worse. With that said, now I feel I should give this film 5 stars. But like the lord, I have to do my part to keep Terry humble still. He's got a lot more betting to do with the devil!
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Dischevelled plot explained ?in part? by sudden death of Ledger.
I unexpectedly found myself playing the role of a psychological medical examiner trying to detect clues throughout Ledger's last acting scenes. They may be speckled here and there, left by the film makers and other actors sometimes inspired by likely unrelated real historical events (man found hanged under the bridge) . Just open your eyes, and mind, to the cornucopia of sometimes rather dark hints (Styx). Your understanding will only be limited by your general culture, life experiences and ... Imagination. Could be a bad trip on drugs. Just the imagery is a tour de force, an orgy for the optical cortex. Presentation of the film (in special features) by Gilliam is disconcerting: 'Lower your expectations'. Ledger's death destroyed him. He should nonetheless not sabotage the masterpiece-to-be and rather let only the future generations of the 7th art aficionados judge.
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