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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus [Blu-ray]
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|Genre||Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery|
|Format||AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Blu-ray, Widescreen|
|Contributor||Tom Waits, Colin Farrell, Lily Cole, Terry Gilliam, Christopher Plummer, Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Andrew Garfield, Jude Law See more|
|Runtime||2 hours and 2 minutes|
Enter a dazzling world of fantasy in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus,Director Terry Gilliam’s magical adventure tale starring Heath Ledger in his last film role along with Christopher Plummer, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law. In exchange for extraordinary powers, Dr. Parnassus (Plummer)makes a deal with the Devil to turn over any child of his when they turn sixteen. But as his daughter Valentina’s (Lily Cole) birthday approaches, a mysterious stranger(Ledger) arrives with the power to change everything. In this captivating, explosive and wonderfully imaginative race against time, Dr. Parnassus must fight to save his daughter in a never-ending landscape of surreal obstacles - and undo the mistakes of his past once and for all!
Terry Gilliam has long admired Marcel Carné's beautiful and tragic Children of Paradise (he even contributes an introduction to the Criterion Collection edition). In The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, among his more phantasmagorical features, Gilliam conjures up his own unique theatrical troupe. Led by the immortal Parnassus (Christopher Plummer, whose daughter, Amanda, appeared in The Fisher King), Anton (Boy A's Andrew Garfield), Percy (Verne Troyer), and the doctor's doll-faced daughter, Valentina (model Lily Cole), travel through 21st-century London in their stagecoach set. Times are tight and the quartet is starting to unravel when they rescue Tony, a philanthropist (Heath Ledger, reuniting with Gilliam for the last time), from the Russian mob. Though Anton pines for Valentina, she falls for the new fellow, who charms female viewers into opening up their wallets. Little do the ladies realize they risk their souls when they pass through the Imaginarium, a Mylar mirror that leads to alternate realities (where Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell play Tony's doppelgängers). As it transpires, Parnassus made a Faustian bargain with Mr. Nick (Tom Waits, whom Gilliam considers "America's greatest musical poet") centuries before and must supply Satan with five souls by Valentina's 16th birthday or Nick will take her away from him--permanently. One of the movie's more haunting lines, "Nothing is forever, not even death," could serve as an epitaph for Ledger, who died from an accidental overdose during filming, but lives again in the erratic, yet imaginative Gilliam's most purely enjoyable film since Time Bandits. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.98 Ounces
- Item model number : 1201
- Director : Terry Gilliam
- Media Format : AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Blu-ray, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 2 minutes
- Release date : April 27, 2010
- Actors : Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Christopher Plummer, Andrew Garfield
- Dubbed: : Spanish, Portuguese
- Subtitles: : Danish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, English, Spanish
- Studio : Sony Pictures
- ASIN : B001HN69B8
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,340 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I thought this may have been a bit over the top but was in the mood, after a really long day that lasted a week, for a little escape.
I did watch the Art of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus first. It was free when I saw it.
Great way to preview without trailer highlights & get a feel.
I forgot, how great Heath Ledger is. One of those Kevin Spacey actors that just gets lost in his craft & takes you with him.
I don't normally synopses bc I feel you should discover a story on your own but it's kind of necessary here.
Dr Parnassus has the ability to pull people into his mind to achieve their fantasies.
So take that concept & add the over the top Monty Python Sir Terry Gilliam, & Heath is just perfect in this beautiful fantasy.
It's very hard to keep a story on point while being pulled into a fantastical, theatrical, mind altering world.
Somehow, that's exactly what was satisfied here.
I'm so glad I bought this not just rented.
It has that Alice inWonderland quality, I love visiting over again.
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Thing is, this is the replacement disc I bought as I was getting the same issues with the original one I bought.
I haven't found anyone else posting issues so maybe it's my bad luck.
I'm going to have to try a DVD next as I still haven't managed to see the end of the movie yet.
For a start it is perhaps too complex and rich. There is sometimes things going on in the background and indeed, the foreground which can be confusing and you always suspect that you've missed something. The first 20 minutes are a bit confused, but I suspect that these minutes have been nailed on at the beginning so that some of the other features (such as the changing aspects of Tony) that were introduced by Heath Ledger dying during filming are more easily explained later in the movie. This, I think will turn off some people and they will feel that the whole film is confused, but it isn't really.
Some of the visuals are spectacular. Some look like he has raided a country school theatre cupboard and thrown the results onto his actors. Some scenes have a distinct feel of Brueghel about them, others more eastern and mystical. Some bits are not explained at all and you are left with a "what the hell was that" feeling. For example - who was Percy as a character and why did he seem to know what was going on all the time??
Overall it is just as good as Time Bandits, complete with the a (probably slightly less) ambiguous moral ending that is his trademark. At its core, it is a simple morality play with the message "be careful of your choices as you will have to live with them". Though it does have a definite, satisfying ending for most of it's characters.
Personally, I loved it.