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Mirrormask (2005)

Director: Dave McKean     Starring: Stephanie Leonidas
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202067219
UPC: 043396025059
UPC 14: 00043396025059
Rating: Game Rating Code
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From The Creative Minds Of Neil Gaiman And Dave McKean And The Jim Henson Company
Helena is a 15-year-old girl working for her family circus, who wishes that she could run away from the circus and join real life. But such is not to be the case, as she finds herself on a strange journey into the dark lands, a fantastic land filled with fantastic creatures.

"Has something to astonish everyone.  Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Each scene is a masterwork of composition and execution.  Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News

Editor's Note
Reminiscent of ALICE IN WONDERLAND and LABYRINTH, MIRRORMASK is a fantasy tale of an intelligent young girl on a journey through a magical world. It is also a visually astounding piece of filmmaking, updating the fairy-tale quest in a coming-of-age story imbued with dark beauty. Written by Neil Gaiman (SANDMAN) and directed by frequent collaborator and illustrator Dave McKean, the film mixes live action and animation, and manages to keep the graphic novelists' aesthetic largely intact: the frames are full of weirdly-skewed perspectives, foggy patches, and mismatched textures that appear grandly decayed. Stephanie Leonidas plays Helena, a young girl who juggles in her father's circus, but longs for a "normal" life. She spends her free time drawing elaborate, fantastical black-and-white pictures which cover every surface of her bedroom. One night, after an argument with her mother (Gina McKee) during which Helena lets fly some rather painful pronouncements, Mom falls ill with an unspecified affliction. As the family waits for news and the circus struggles financially, Helena blames herself for the misfortune. The night before her mother's surgery, Helena is mysteriously transported to a world which bears a strong resemblance to her own drawings, and is populated by strange creatures who follow an even stranger logic. Helena and her traveling companion, fellow juggler Valentine (Jason Barry), sign on to find a mysterious charm which will wake the queen of the city--also played by McKee--from her deep sleep, defeating the forces of darkness and returning Helena home. The film's outstanding art direction is complemented by witty dialogue and some genuinely creepy moments (the words "don't let them see you're afraid" are chill-inducing). Meanwhile, Leonidas's performance is remarkable, maintaining a likeability, charm, and freshness that is all the more amazing considering it was delivered against a green screen, with her special-effect co-stars edited in later.
Features
Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, Dubbed & Subtitled, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/22/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 104 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 02505
Video UPC UPC: 00043396025059
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Thai
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Gina McKee
Video Cast Info Jason Barry
Video Cast Info Rob Brydon
Video Cast Info Stephanie Leonidas
Video Cast Info Dave McKean - Director
Video Cast Info Dave McKean, et. al. - Story By
Video Cast Info Iain Ballamy - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Lisa Henson, et. al. - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Neil Gaiman - Teleplay
Video Cast Info Nicolas Gaster - Editor
Video Cast Info Simon Moorhead - Producer
Video Cast Info Tony Shearn - Cinematographer

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"MIRRORMASK unspools with the rambling, intuitive digressions of a dream..." -- Grade: A- 10/07/2005 p.53

New York Times
"[The film] blends live action with computer-generated animation by the Jim Henson Company into a provocative, murky surrealism." 10/28/2005 p.E29

Sight and Sound
"MIRRORMASK ambitiously draws on a diverse range of influences....McKean treats every frame of film as it were a strip panel scheduled for reproduction in a glossy art book." p.67-68

Uncut
"[With] a winning WIZARD OF OZ-style structure...[and] a resplendent universe of impossible vistas and fabulous beings." 04/01/2006 p.134

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 5 of 10
How best to encapsulate my feelings about MirrorMask? What about: visually active, but emotionally inert? A lot of descriptors are apt: unorthodox, stylistically inventive, a labor of love, and (perhaps most importantly) a failed experiment. The central evident flaw is that, although the film may look and feel unlike other movies, the limited pleasure derived from its appearance goes only so far. When the time comes for classical elements like story and character to take over, they are unequal to the task. MirrorMask is built on a foundation of stock plot elements. The narrative is simplistic and lacking in energy, and the characters are sketched instead of fully formed. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 5 of 10
MirrorMask must have been a labor of love to make. Watching it is also a labor of love. The movie is a triumph of visual invention, but it gets mired in its artistry and finally becomes just a whole lot of great stuff to look at while the plot puts the heroine through a few basic moves over and over again. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Leonidas,Stephanie
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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