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Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus [Blu-ray]

Heath Ledger , Christopher Plummer    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole, Tom Waits, Johnny Depp
  • Format: Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002R0DNJG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,641 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Fantasy adventure directed by Terry Gilliam. Christopher Plummer stars as Dr Parnassus, leader of the extraordinary Imaginarium: a travelling theatre where members of the audience are given the irresistible opportunity to go beyond reality by means of a magical mirror and explore the limitless realms of their imaginations. But despite his amazing gift for guiding the imaginations of others, Parnassus harbours a dark secret: years before he made a pact with the devil in order to buy himself immortality. When the devil appears to collect his payment - Parnassus's beautiful 16-year-old daughter Valentina (Lily Cole) - Parnassus and his troupe, now joined by the mysterious shape-shifting Tony (variously portrayed by Heath Ledger, in his last ever performance, Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell), embark on a wild and surreal journey through parallel worlds to save the girl and undo the mistakes of the past.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful morality play for the 21st century 12 May 2010
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I thought the Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus was bloody wonderful, but it has many of Terry's interesting problems that he tends to build into his movies.

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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost faultless fantasy 19 April 2010
Try as I might I can't find anything I don't like about this film with the exception of one scene, the bronze head and dancing policemen which was just too Pythonesque and out of sorts with the rest of it. Terry Gilliam should be well past his Monty Python days now and this scene for me just jarred with the rest of what is a superbly imagined fantasy. In the deluge of repetitive mundanity that pours from Hollywood nowadays this film is a shining beacon of originality. That said it won't be to everyone's tastes. Gilliam seamlessly overcomes the loss of Heath Ledger by introducing not one but three alternative Tony character's inside the Imaginarium and it is done so well that I had to look twice to realise what had happened. There are no poor performances in this film and Lily Cole especially demonstrates that she is no one trick pony. I look forward to seeing her again in the future but hope her unique looks do not become a hindrance. This is a film I shall defintiely buy on blu-ray as the visual images are so good. It is also presented in full screen which is always a plus for me.
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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 8 Nov 2009
By Omac
Tony (HEATH LEDGER) is a normal bloke. A normal bloke found dangling by the neck from Westminster bridge with a whistle in his throat. But Tony's rescuers are any but normal. Doctor Parnasuss (CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER) and his traveling circus are touring the back streets of London, barely making ends meat but offering a wonderful experience. A trip inside the Imaginarium of the thousand year old monk. But society does not have time for the travelling circus anymore until Tony offers his help and knowledge. But he is gettin more than he bargained for in helping these strange people; the devil has come to claim his prize, Dr. P's 16 year old daughter Valentina (LILY COLE).
What occurs inside the Imaginarium is a complex array of humour, tesnion and surrealism blended beautifully together by the brilliant Terry Gilliam, who's project looked like failing when Mr. Ledger unfortuantely passed away half way through filiming. What followed was a stroke of genious by the director who brought in three of Hollywood's most succesful actors (JOHNNY DEPP, JUDE LAW, COLLIN FARELL) to fill in the missing parts.
The film is shot in a way that takes your breath away, from the flying jellyfish to the elephant monastry, the film has an air of elegance around it. It truly is a Terry Gilliam triumph that shines in so many ways.
The devil is portrayed as a suite wearing, pipe smoking, gambler called Mr Nick (TOM WAITS) who likes one thing more than winning a bet, and that is remodelling the bet so he can win again. The first to five souls can keep Valentina. And so forms the bases of the story. Inside the Imaginarium, the guest is given a choice which in some way resembles a choice between good or bad. Dr. P asks Tony for help to win the souls and in his charming and flirtatious way, begins the race.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fantasy; Gilliam's best film in years 14 Mar 2010
Coming to see this with low expectations - while I admire his inventiveness, I have never been much of a Terry Gilliam fan myself, and the word from the critics was not that good - I was very pleasantly surprised with this film. This entertaining and very imaginative fantasy starts with a traveling sideshow driving in a horse-drawn wagon through the seedier parts of a contemporary (if not very realistic) London. Heading the show is a very old wizard/psychic named Dr. Parnassus (veteran Christopher Plummer in a great performance) who promises the few members of the audience interested in them that if they cross a magic mirror, they will travel to a parallel world where their deepest fantasies rule (the "imaginarium" of the title), and where they will have to make a fateful choice about whether they want to follow good or evil. The show has little success (their forays into the magic portal tends to end badly for the audience), but in time the somewhat pathetic troupe (who also includes the beautiful teenage daughter of the wizard, a midget who is the sidekick of Dr. Parnassus, and a young assistant who is madly in love with the daughter) will see a change of fortune when they find and rescue a man hanging in a London bridge (Heath Ledger in his final performance before his untimely death). The man joins the troupe and claims to be an amnesiac, but eventually it will be found that he is a crook running from Russian gangsters from whom he took money. With time, we will also learn more of the back story of Dr. Parnassus: he was a monk who made a deal with the devil (impersonated wittily by Tom Waits) centuries ago: he gets to be immortal, but in exchange, he was to give her daughter to the devil when she turns 16. Read more ›
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Published 1 month ago by leejane
5.0 out of 5 stars The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus [DVD]
Great fantasy film; entertaining, funny, different, visually stunning and overall very Terry Gilliam. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sean
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy the DVD, its better quality!
I quite like this odd film, and it is odd even by Terry Gilliam's standards. Heath Ledger's last film, with other great actors taking up his role to see this through to completion. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mike
1.0 out of 5 stars What Is It?
Upon reading the various 5 star reviews of this film and seeing that it seems to be very good I brought the film. BIG mistake! Read more
Published 6 months ago by John Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars "Where are we? "Geographically, in the Northern Hemisphere. Socially,...
I found this film quite watchable, although it is definitely not amongst Terry Gilliam's best works. Below, more of my impressions, with some SPOILERS. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Maciej
2.0 out of 5 stars Bit naff
Despite the star-studded cast, the film is not one you'd pick up to watch again in a hurry. I know the director was thrown with Heath Ledger's death, but I can't help but feel... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sarah
3.0 out of 5 stars good film
I liked this film a bit boring though so long winded before they got to the plot if any body asked about it I would say watch it and make your own mind up.
Published 8 months ago by ian williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss Old Nick.
Gilliam fans (I've counted myself as one for very long time now) are happy for any new offering from this most imaginative and original film-maker. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Richard
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