New Release: Marwencol Blu-ray and DVD

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Mark Hogancamp details the miniature town of Marwencol.

Cinema Guild released the eye-opening 2010 documentary Marwencol on Blu-ray and DVD on April 12, 2011. Representing the New York-based company’s first foray into the high-definition arena, the Blu-ray and DVD were priced at $34.95 and $29.95, respectively.

The fascinating film tracks the story of Mark Hogencamp, who was beaten nearly to death outside a small bar in Kingston, N.Y., his memories wiped away. Seeking recovery, he builds “Marwencol,” a miniature World War II-era town filled with doll versions of his friends, fantasies and even his attackers. As he documents the town’s dramas with his camera, the dolls become living characters in his epic tale of love, adventure, resurrection and revenge.

Hogancamp’s re-creations are remarkable in their scope and detail, while some of the events that he documents are downright bizarre. When his photos are discovered by the art world, Hogancamp is forced to choose between the safety of his imaginary world and the real world he has avoided since the attack.

Directed by Jeff Malmberg and selected as the “Best Reviewed Documentary of 2010” by Rotten Tomatoes, Marwencol was one of last year’s most buzz-worthy documentaries. Reading all the cyber ink on it, I’m immediately reminded of Terry Zwigoff’s unique characters that populated Crumb.

Here’s a list of the Blu-ray and DVD bonus features that are on Marwencol:

  • seven additional story sequences
  • deleted scenes
  • Mark’s reaction to the film
  • Mark at the “Red Carpet” premiere
  • stills gallery
  • theatrical trailer
  • introduction by film critic Elvis Mitchell
  • collectible Marwencol mini-print by Mark Hogancamp

Check out the film’s trailer and tell us what you think:


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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.