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Marwencol [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Mark Hogancamp
  • Directors: Jeff Malmberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinema Guild
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004IOPDJC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,505 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"An exhilarating, utterly unique experience." --Kevin Thomas, LA Times

"An astounding movie - one of those tales of all-american oddness that just keeps flowering into weirder, richer territory." --Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

"GRADE: A-! I can barely describe the wonders of Marwencol." --Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

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Outside a small bar in Kingston, NY, Mark Hogancamp was beaten nearly to death, 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 an epic tale of love, adventure, resurrection and revenge. When his photos are discovered by the art world, Mark is suddenly forced to choose between the safety of his imaginary world and the real world he s avoided since the attack.
Winner of over a dozen awards, including two Independent Spirit Awards and Best Documentary of the Year from Boston Society of Film Critics.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
- Eight Additional Marwencol 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

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Well done Marc you are an inspiration to us all!
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There's a lt of sly humor here, and Malmberg's feel for his subject is the best thing about this film (outside of Mark's unique world, of course).
K. Swanson
Living alone in the country, he created his own world, Marwencol, a WW2 Belgian town populated by Barbie and Ken type dolls.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
I caught a glimpse of the fascinating, yet decidedly odd, documentary "Marwencol" at the Independent Spirit Awards this year and have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to view it. Hard to categorize, this tale of persevering and triumphing over tragedy has all the earmarks of a feel good story of uplift, but has such a melancholy sadness underneath the surface--it is bound to elicit conflicting emotions within different viewers. One thing, however, that is impossible to deny--the subject matter is strikingly unique and extremely personal. The film profiles a contemporary artist Mark Hogancamp. After a brutal beating, Hogancamp suffered brain damage, a disruption of motor functions and a great deal of memory loss. When his therapy treatment ended, he continued to pursue an alternate course to wellness. Devising a fantasy world inhabited by dolls, he created a World War II village and envisioned a fantastical back story about its inhabitants. With himself playing the lead (he and his friends are all represented in the tableau by alter ego dolls), he enacted love and retribution in a land torn with violence.

He also painstakingly and meticulously photographed his world--and this surprisingly original voice was soon discovered by the contemporary art scene. A reluctant talent, to be sure, the project took on levels of interest that he could never have originally foreseen. The film is, first and foremost, an exploration of the artistic process and a modern character study. It's fascinating to see how real life occurrences materialize as dramatic plot points within his imagination. And that's what he's most proud of--he hasn't lost the ability to imagine.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cmcgraw on April 26, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I found the documentary to be fascinating and uplifting. Uplifting because this gentle spirit manages to recover some dignity of life after his tragedy and creates this wonderful, evocative world-fantasy that he, at some level, lives in - that comforts him - but that he understands is not real. Populated with his real-life friends and his archetypal enemies, his fantasies and his realities, it is, in the end, a more righteous place than the world we live in.
And he is such a complex and interesting man. So private, but so honest and forthright when he talks about himself.
And then there is the story itself. Of a man that experienced such hate and suffering and somehow came through it to create this strange, private world.
I loved the film. I think you might, also.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sparky_magic_rainbow on August 20, 2011
Format: DVD
This wasn't an easy video to watch because the subject matter -- a brutal
beating and loss of self -- was heart wrenching. Mark Hogancamp is an artist
in the truest sense. He creates out of a deep need to make sense of his life
and isn't swayed by commercial interests. The WWII town of Marwencol and its
brave and brooding dolls cast a strange spell on me. Recommended this to all
my artsy friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ska08hemi on June 16, 2011
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I can't effectively describe how amazing, heart-warming and inspirational this movie is. You will want to fly out and give him a giant hug and help him build things after watching it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Swanson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 8, 2011
Format: DVD
4.5 stars

Context is meaning and can often frame art to make it much deeper. Director Malmberg knows this well and makes some excellent choices in Marwencol; there are so many ways to approach this story, and he found a wonderfully subtle, empathic narrative. We're given bits and pieces of the backstory, but the main point here is the powerful life in Mark's art. When you first see it, it has a certain resonance that can't be defined. It ain't your average dollhouse, to be sure.

As we learn about Mark and his ordeal and what caused it, the town and characters of Marwencol take on a much stronger level of meaning. They show us Mark's soul, his pain, his resolve, his sadness, and if we look cloesly enough we might even get a glimpse of our own fractured inner lives. But most of us haven't manifested them on the physical plane, let alone this revealingly. That's what artists do, and by that definition Hogencamp is most certainly a fine artist.

There's a lt of sly humor here, and Malmberg's feel for his subject is the best thing about this film (outside of Mark's unique world, of course). The director knows that world and takes us into it cleanly. It's a strange yet oddly calming ride, and the affection of Mark's friends for him and his world says volumes.

The brief glimpses of his past and the refusal of Malmberg to dwell on the crime, instead focusing on the art that grows out of that crime's wound, are what makes this film so interesting. It takes its time, but the deeper you go the more it all means. I was especially moved by Mark's pre-attack sketch of him holding onto AA. It goes by fast; watch for it and pause there and take a long look. It hauntingly prefaces what followed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 7, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This is an amazing documentary it is the best representation I have seen on film of someone with a traumatic brain injury and the coping process that goes along with it. I work with individuals that are TBI and it is very accurate. Well done Marc you are an inspiration to us all!
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