erry Gilliam always seem to have problems
with his movies like his battle over the editing of BRAZIL, a DON QUIOXTE film being undone after the actor playing the lead
dies, and now the death of Heath Ledger during the shooting of THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS. Luckily, the untimely death of a good actor didn’t mean the end for the film and Terry Gilliam
was able to recruit Heath’s friends to finish Heath’s part in an imaginative way.
The film is a tribute to Heath Ledger and combing the best of Terry Gilliam’s movies into one film.
Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer)
is an immortal with extraordinary powers after making a deal with the Devil. However,
want to lose his daughter Valentina (Lily Cole) because he promised her to the Devil when she turns 16. Not all is lost as a mysterious stranger (Heath Ledger) comes into the lives of his traveling troupe (Parnassus,
his daughter, a midget played by Verne Troyer, and Anton (who is love with Valentina)).
Parnassus makes another deal with the Devil in an attempt to save his daughter. He must save five souls before the devil takes five souls. Will
the stranger be able to help Parnassus save his daughter or will it cause some new problems?
THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS is
another fantastic off-kilter film from Terry Gilliam. The cast performs
well in this very visually imaginative film. I hope many people discover
on DVD (and Blu-ray) how good the film is and not just to see Heath Ledger in one more role. Also be on the look out
for Lily Cole. She shows great promise and she is fantastic as Valentina.
Feature audio commentary by Director Terry
Film Introduction by Director Terry Gilliam
BEHIND THE MIRROR- promotional featurette
BUILDING THE MONASTAREY- the visual effects
that went into creating the monastarey (a combo of miniature and CGI elements)
DOCTOR PARNASSUS AROUND THE WORLD- footage
from the world press tour
CAST & CREW PRESENTATION ON STAGE-
Terry Gilliam introduces the cast and crew before showing the movie
THE ARTWORK OF PARNASSUS- Terry Gilliam
talks and shows the artwork for the film
Audio Interview with Heath Ledger is an
interview that was recorded three weeks before Heath started shooting what would be his last film
Heath Ledger Wardrobe Test with optional
commentary by Terry Gilliam shows the fun side of Heath as Terry tries to find the right looks for Heath and the film.
Deleted scene with optional audio commentary
shows an extended scene that was cut for pacing.
FINAL ANALYSIS: THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS is one of Gilliam’s
best films with a wonderful final performance form Heath Ledger.
This DVD review is (c)5-15-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to firstname.lastname@example.org