Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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With a stunning combination of potent musical performances and a clever script, this witty, tragic, poignant film captivates it's audience and changes the world. Grippingly powerful, blazingly symbolic, and heart-warmingly comical, Hedwig teaches us all something about fame and love and self-discovery. The soundtrack is a phenomenal success, and visually this movie is a treat as well. This movie will make you question your world, it will break your heart, and it will make the gender line just a little bit blurrier. It is a cinematic triumph and an absolute must see!

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Hedwig Is a Sensation!

by Jill-- Elfqueen12@aol.com on 2/5/2002

With a stunning combination of potent musical performances and a clever script, this witty, tragic, poignant film captivates it's audience and changes the world. Grippingly powerful, blazingly symbolic, and heart-warmingly comical, Hedwig teaches us all something about fame and love and self-discovery. The soundtrack is a phenomenal success, and visually this movie is a treat as well. This movie will make you question your world, it will break your heart, and it will make the gender line just a little bit blurrier. It is a cinematic triumph and an absolute must see! Read More

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on 12/4/2003

I bought this DVD at Heathrow airport for the cover only - it was in the discount bin and the cover was a bit wild. I had never heard of nor knew anything about the play. I watched the movie the first time and sat there thinking, "what in the heck did I just see"? So I watched it again. And again. And again. You can enjoy this movie on many levels - whether it is the pure entertainment of the story (which is quite funny on the surface), the compelling nature of the acting, or the excellent music. Deep down though, you realize that we ALL have our "Wicked Little Towns" that we need to get out of, or relationships in which we were used for that period of time in a partners life who moved on and only in retrospect do you see that you got something out of it, too. The movie is most profound for pointing out the problems in defining someone's gender, and how utterly important it is for society and absolutely irrelevant for individuals. Buy this DVD. Enjoy it. Think about it. You'll remember these characters and the music forever. Read More

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Product Overview

This is the story of hedwig, an ambitious glam-rocker who comes to america determined to find fame, fortune and his other half.

Specifications

Studio New Line
SKU 40161534
UPC 794043540127
UPC 14 00794043540127
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Homoeroticism
Homosexuality
Love Story
Marriage
Music (General)
Pop/Rock
Punk Rock
Rock
Sex
Soldiers
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note John Cameron Mitchell is the creator of the off-Broadway hit HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, which he and composer-lyricist Stephen Trask have transformed into a funny, dramatic, and curiously poignant self-described "post-punk neo-glam musical" film, with extra songs and a new instrumental score. Hedwig (played by Mitchell) was born as Hansel in East Berlin. In his twenties, Hansel agrees to undergo a sex change in order to marry a U.S. soldier (Maurice Dean Wint) and escape to America. Unfortunately, the procedure fails, and Hedwig is left with nothing but a sexless "angry inch" between her legs. After being abandoned in a Kansas trailer park by her husband, Hedwig decides to make the most of her situation: She develops a taste for outrageous wigs and costumes, forms a band, and becomes a singer. Hedwig soon meets and falls in love with 17-year-old Tommy (Michael Pitt), who also harbors rock star aspirations, and makes him her musical protégé. But Tommy is the one who ends up stealing the superstardom that Hedwig worked for, after stealing Hedwig's songs and claiming them as his own. In order to expose him as a fraud, she embarks on a tour of strip mall restaurants, telling her story to the audience while trailing Tommy on his own tour across America.
Reviews
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...HEDWIG is an exhilarating reinvention of the movie musical....Mitchell plays with the medium, blending flashbacks, fantasies, even bits of clever animation into a brilliantly stylized whole..." 08/01/2001 p.36-8
New York Times "...[A] clever, funny, wildly innovative film tricked out with surreal pop embellishments and Day-Glo colors..." 07/20/2001 p.E1
USA Today "...[The story] is wildly witty, but also inventive, audacious and poignant....HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH brings the rock musical to a crescendo..." 07/20/2001 p.4E
Film Comment "...A mossy, semi-tragic fun house with a drunken camera trying not to pass out....As one tune explains, HEDWIG is about the origin of love....The heartbreak is for real..." 07/01/2001 p.76-7
Entertainment Weekly "...Love, fame, self-acceptance, fabulous wigs -- HEDWIG achieves everything MOULIN ROUGE aspires to with far less effort..." 07/27/2001 p.45
Rolling Stone "...[Mitchell] is a live wire who knows how to spark a fun party....HEDWIG is rich in imagination and daring..." 08/02/2001 p.69-70
Sight and Sound "...A confident and energetic updating of the movie musical....Mitchell brings an assurance and charisma to his performance..." 09/01/2001 p.44-5
Total Film "...A terrific script, complete with lyrics that are often as smart as they are poignant..." 09/01/2001 p.93
Directors
John Cameron Mitchell
Actors
Miriam Shor
Stephen Trask
Cast & Crew
Andrea Martin - Actor
John Cameron Mitchell - Actor
Michael Pittt - Actor
Miriam Shor - Actor
Stephen Trask - Based On Play By
John Cameron Mitchell - Based On Play By
John Cameron Mitchell - Director
Frank G. DeMarco - Director of Photography
Stephen Trask - Musical Score
Colin Brunton, et al. - Producer
John Cameron Mitchell - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2001
Catalog ID 5401
UPC 00794043540127
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 91 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1
Awards
Sundance Film Festival (2001) John Cameron Mitchell, Winner, Audience Award,John Cameron Mitchell, Winner, Director's Award,John Cameron Mitchell, Nominee, Grand Jury Prize
Reviews
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review ...more than sophomoric drag-vamping. It's "Rocky Horror" with a more inventive brain. With such material as Hedwig's semi-serious song, "The Origin Of Love," featuring animated humans with double heads and Zeus cutting people in half with lightning-shaped scissors, the film's not only funny and weird, it's oddly poignant. I miss Hedwig already...
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Desson Howe
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource The New York Times
Review One way of looking at this clever, funny, wildly innovative film tricked out with surreal pop embellishments and Day-Glo colors is to see it as the kind of movie David Bowie might have made had he pushed his early '70s gender-bending persona to its logical limit.
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Reviewer Stephen Holden
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Trailers
Product Attributes
Actor Mitchell,John C.
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Visionary rock firepower! Hedwig may just reinvent the rock musical!
Edward Jay Epstein, The Wall Street Journal Not to be missed. Hedwig is hysterically funny!
Roger Ebert, Ebert & Roeper At The Movies Fascinating!
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal Constitution Better than Rocky Horror Picture Show. So deliriously entertaining that you feel like the movie musical has finally been reinvented!

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