New Release: The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus DVD and Blu-ray

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus movie scene with Jude LawOscar nominee (no wins, though) The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus arrived on DVD and Blu-ray on April 27, 2010. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment priced the discs at $28.95 and $34.95, respectively.

The movie from imaginative — to say the least — director Terry Gilliam (a former Monty Python member) is also Heath Ledger’s (The Dark Knight) last movie. Ledger died while making Imaginarium, and his part was then shared with Johnny Depp (The Tourist), Colin Farrell (Crazy Heart) and Jude Law (Road to Perdition). Also starring are Christopher Plummer (who got an Oscar nod, for his portrayal of Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station, but didn’t take home a statue), Tom Waits (The Book of Eli) and Lily Cole (Rage).

The movie grossed $7.4 million in a limited release in theaters.

The PG-13 fantasy film tells the story of Parnassus (Plummer), who can guide the imaginations of others but is cursed after making deals with the devil (Waits); Parnassus gained eternal youth in exchange for his daughter (Cole) being delivered to the devil on her 16th birthday, which is coming up. Now, Parnassus must fight to save her.

Sony packed in the special features, including sections featuring and honoring the late Ledger. Here’s the menu for the DVD and Blu-ray:

  • introduction by director Terry Gilliam
  • commentary with Gilliam
  • deleted scenes with optional commentary by Gilliam
  • interview with Heath Ledger
  • Heath Ledger wardrobe test with optional commentary by Gilliam
  • Featurettes:
  • “Behind the Mirror”
  • “Building the Monastery”
  • “The Artwork of Dr. Parnassus”
  • “Doctor Parnassus Around the World”
  • “Cast & Crew Presentation on Stage”

The Blu-ray also includes Sony’s MovieIQ database through BD-Live, “The Drunk” multi-angle progression sequence, and two featturettes: “The Imaginarium of Terry Gilliam” and “Heath Ledger and Friends — Cast & Crew remember their friend.”


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.