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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

(DVD - 2010 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

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A thousand years after making a deal with the Devil to gain immortality, Doctor Parnassus must save his daughter from the hands of the Devil with the help of his friends in his travelling magic show.
Title: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, c2010
Edition: Widescreen
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (123 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Notes: Bonus features: behind-the-scenes look at the visual effects; Heath Ledger's interview and wardrobe test; deleted scene; introduction and commentary by Terry Gilliam; 5 behind-the-scenes featurettes and more
DVD release of the 2009 motion picture
Summary: A thousand years after making a deal with the Devil to gain immortality, Doctor Parnassus must save his daughter from the hands of the Devil with the help of his friends in his travelling magic show.
Audience: MPAA rating: PG-13; for violent images, some sensuality, language and smoking
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Im
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Report This May 07, 2013
  • hania4987 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

the cinematography is extraordinary ... the imaginarium is full of Dali-esque landscapes come to life

Report This Jan 08, 2013
  • librarydvds rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I couldn’t wait for this movie to end and then wanted those long, long 123 minutes back. There seemed to be potential in the first 15 or so minutes but then, before there was any opportunity to connect with any of the characters, the momentum was completely lost and the movie turned into a string of nonsensical, silly antics and character interactions I couldn’t have cared less about for what seemed like a very long time. Basically, if you don’t appreciate Monty Python type humor/styling you will not like this movie--and even then it's questionable. The basic premise has potential as a basis for a different, more serious, movie to be made by someone else someday and some of the visuals were clever but, this movie is so laced with silliness (in true Monty Python form) that it is mostly just annoying. I don’t know why kids would like it and I don’t think adults would care so I wonder who the intended audience is (other than Terry Gilliam)? A pointless, confusing, thoroughly unsatisfying mess not worth wasting time to figure out or watch.

Report This Jul 30, 2012
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Sadly, this film occupies a place as one of Terry Gilliam's lesser works, and also one of the least memorable performances by the late and lamented Heath Ledger. Morbid curiosity, however, isn't enough to justify putting in the 2 hours or so. To be avoided.

Report This Jul 26, 2012
  • FishbowlB77 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I keep thinking of "Monty Python" when I see the work of Terry Gilliam brilliantly displayed on the screen.

Report This Jul 15, 2012
  • seedona rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Awful,... I only watched it all the way through coz of Heath Ledger, or else I would have turned it off after 10 minutes,.

Report This Jul 11, 2012
  • Gia481 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I was excited to watch this film after viewing the trailer. Unfortunately, the story was confusing and I lost interest. The acting was good but could have been better if the story was up to par with the visual effects. Gilliam, whom also wrote The Brothers Grimm (another film that I didn't like) has a great imagination of fantasy but it just becomes a waste if the story is complicated.

Report This Jan 23, 2012
  • MeReneG rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent performances by all, including newcomer Cole. Amazing cinematography/visuals. Sometimes confusing/difficult to follow. Nonetheless, definitely worth seeing.

Report This Sep 25, 2011
  • nrains rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you like Terry Gilliam, you'll like this: really remarkable visuals, but not always rock solid story. However, you have to wonder if some of that has to do with the re-figuring of the movie due to Heath Ledger's death.

Report This Aug 08, 2011
  • AtomicFez rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Obviously a genius piece of film-making from a genius artist. Terry Gilliam combines "Orpheus & Eurydice" with "Faustus" and a few other bits, throws in some theatre and travelling circus / wagon morality plays, stirs it around a bit, tops it off with a midget, and has Tom Waits conduct the band that's appeared all of a sudden. Brilliant! As if that's not enough, there's even Vancouver actor Peter New to start the dénouement. How brilliant is that?

Report This Jul 02, 2011
  • bstudent rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

that's quite an imaginarium but the story is good too.

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