The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus: Blu Ray Review
The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus
Released by Sony Home Pictures
Forever determined to be known as Heath Ledger's final film this is
the fantasy tale of Dr Parnassus (a wonderfully world weary Christopher Plummer)
who travels the land with his carnival troupe (including Verne Troyer of Austin
Powers fame) and his daughter Valentina (a porcelain doll like Lily Cole).
Granted immortality, Parnassus is locked in an ongoing
battle with Tom Waits' Devil - and the Devil has arrived to collect his due. You
see, years ago, Parnassus wagered his first born and now to stop the Devil
taking what's his, he bets he can win over five souls.
Into this mélange of madness in modern day London, arrives Heath
Ledger's shyster Tony. Mysteriously left for dead, he's taken in by the troupe -
and could be the tipping point in Parnassus' quest to finally beat the Devil.
Yes, it's sprawling and a bit unfocussed at times,
but The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is perhaps one of the most visually
original pieces of cinema you'll ever see - even on the small screen (and
particularly in Blu Ray).
There are flashes of
pure genius from director Terry Gilliam as he weaves his surreal web. It's a
wonderfully talented ensemble cast who make this film work - and a real tribute
to Gilliam's genius that the film continued with the likes of Jude Law and Colin
Farrell coming onboard.
Recommended without a
shadow of a doubt.
disc is really a tribute to the Ledger legacy with exclusive featurettes forming
the majority of the extras and a packed disc it is too.