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MirrorMask (2005)

Jason Barry , Dora Bryan , Dave McKean  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jason Barry, Dora Bryan, Rob Brydon, Stephen Fry, Andy Hamilton
  • Directors: Dave McKean
  • Writers: Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean
  • Producers: Simon Moorhead
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Portuguese, French
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BT97AO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,050 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "MirrorMask" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Day 16: A Time-Lapse Video of One Day On-Set
  • Neil Talks: A Conversation with Neil Gaiman
  • ComicCon 2003: A Q&A session
  • Behind The Scenes with Dave McKean
  • Flight of the Monkeybirds Featurette
  • Off-Set, Making-of Featurette

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The White Queen sleeps and will not wake. Black shadows have fallen across her kingdom. The balance between Dark and Light is broken and only the MIRRORMASK can restore it. So Helena, a stranger in a strange land, embarks on an epic quest to find the missing charm before darkness envelops the Dreamworld forever. Written by award-winning fantasy writer Neil Gaiman, MIRRORMASK is a phantasmagorical treat for the eyes and mind, a wondrous blend of live action and CG animation, where strange, magical creatures dwell in a fantasy world of unbridled imagination and scope, as told through the spectacular, cutting-edge visuals of designer/director Dave McKean.

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This visually stunning film is the product of a collaboration of award-winning graphic novelist Neil Gaiman (creator of the much-lauded Sandman series), his frequent collaborator Dave McKean (Cages), and The Jim Henson Company, themselves no strangers to elaborate fantasies such as The Dark Crystal. and Labyrinth. As with the latter film, MirrorMask focuses on a young woman unhappy with her daily existence; here, the artistically inclined Helena (Stephanie Leonides), is at odds with her circus performer parents. When a careless insult appears to send her mother (Gina McKee) into a coma, Helena withdraws into the dark and elaborate world of her drawings, in which a scenario very similar to her predicament in the real world is unfolding. Gaiman and director McKean create arresting images to populate Helena's world, and the Henson Company brings them vividly to life with CGI; though the story is occasionally murky, the fantasy elements are imaginative enough to enthrall what will undoubtedly be the film's toughest customers--younger viewers. --Paul Gaita

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125 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boy, have some people missed the point... January 2, 2007
By Nikki
Format:DVD
This is a stunning, gorgeous, mind-blowing movie.

It seems criticisms of this movie are stemming from two basic complaints: first, that the story is unoriginal/derivative; and second, that the movie is all visuals, no plot. The first complaint misses the point completely. The whole point of the story is that it is ARCHETYPAL. It deals with fundamental human issues of identity, growth, dark and light, good and evil. To complain that an archetypal story is unoriginal is like complaining that an apple doesn't taste like an orange. To have completely unrelated expectations is to be disappointed.

The second complaint is once again an issue of erroneous expectations. A distinction must be made between film as pure entertainment and film as pure art. These two genres sometimes co-exist, of course, and there is a spectrum in between. Yes, this is a visual movie. It is self-consciously a movie intended to display film-making as a visual art, which it first and foremost is. When appreciating a painting, is the central issue the painter's choice of subject matter? No, it is technique, execution, mood, effect. Who decided film is only successful or worthy if the plot entertains us sufficiently? Seems to me that is rather a shallow, provincial and self-absorbed viewpoint.

For goodness' sake, leave your expectations and preconceptions at the door and just accept this movie offering at face value. Complaining about what it isn't (and isn't meant to be) is pointless and a waste of everybody's time. Watch it and appreciate it for what it is: a classic, archetypal story beautifully retold in an exemplary display of film-making as a visual art form.
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162 of 180 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Return of The King: The Jim Henson Company October 29, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
(This is based on the theatrical release of MirrorMask which is currently in theaters, 10/30/05)

With a little help from Neil Gaiman's masterful writing, and Dave McKean's able artistry and direction, the Jim Henson Company makes a fantasy-filled return to the silver screen.

I was a big fan of The Labyrinth and, even more so, The Dark Crystal in the `80's. The excellent puppetry work combined with human characters was a novel idea, far beyond Sesame Street, and formatted more for the adult who has a kid's mentality. I was curious to see how The Henson Company might have advanced in the intervening years, and I wasn't disappointed. Gone are the puppets (to the chagrin of some) and in their place are CGI screens that boggle the mind - a living tapestry that slowly trundles by.

Creating screen shots that mimic a painter's canvas, this movie is pure eye-candy (think Alice In Wonderland meets Van Gogh). Although the opening few minutes felt more TV-esque than magical, they were quickly whisked away by the sumptuous middle and ending of the film.

The story: Helena, a teenage circus performer along with her mother and father, is having the usual surges of defiance. She doesn't want to be in the circus anymore, and she and her mother have a heated argument in which Helena wishes her mother dead. And during the evenings performance under the big top, Joanne, Helena's mother, collapses and falls into a coma. It is quickly discovered that she has something seriously wrong with her (although it's never defined, a brain tumor is easily surmised). Helena is riddled with guilt over her nasty words and falls asleep one night, and wakes up in a world of muted colors and magical creatures.
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doing what a movie does best February 6, 2006
Format:DVD
Some tales are told best around a campfire. Others belong on the pages of a book. And some stories demand to be told via the film medium. Mirror Mask, I feel, is one of these. From the first moment when the theatre darkened to when the last credit scrolled off the screen, I was entranced. And I walked away convinced that this particular story could not have been told as effectively in any other way.I left the theatre feeling the intense genius-envy I get whenever I experience something Neil Gaiman has had a hand in.

As a purveyor of fantasy, I read a tremendous amount in the field and see many movies in the genre. It's so easy to become jaded, so easy to see exactly where the current of a tale is carrying you; and then I encounter something like Mirror Mask and I fall in love all over again. I realize afresh that fantasy has no boundaries.

There are movies that leave me with a feeling of satisfaction, where I give a great sigh and feel content with a wonderful ending. Others, like Mirror Mask, set off a string of creative fireworks inside my mind and leave me fully charged and ready to see all the wonderful beginnings in the world.

I highly recommed this film.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I adore this movie! April 21, 2006
Format:DVD
Okay, first of all, yes the imagery and graphics are fantastic. All of them. Amazingly imaginative and just a little bit creepy in a whimsical sort of way.

Second, I notice that most of my fellow reviewers have knocked off points for this movie because the characters and the story line are rather two-dimensional. To them I have this to say: Of course they are; this is a fairytale world. Fairy tale characters and plotlines are two-dimensional and have been done a million times before--and this is WHY we love them.

So, reader, if you are looking for an amazingly complicated film full of deep insights, do not see this movie. If you want a beautiful fairy tale world something between Alice in Wonderland and The Nightmare Before Christmas: WATCH THIS MOVIE NOW!

Enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Artsy, but good...
A very artsy film, unique--you need to go into it with an open mind and enjoy it for what it is (no preconceptions or expectations); kind of like Henson's Labyrinth (1986).
Published 14 days ago by SciTech
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Pretty good movie, it started off kind of weak though.
Published 14 days ago by Kris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite movies.
Published 1 month ago by Georgianna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A SURPRISING AND INSPIRED MOVIE!!!!!!! WOW. WHAT AN UNEXPECTED DISCOVERY!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Operaman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the most beautiful and fascinating movies ever made.
Published 1 month ago by Tommy Phileros
5.0 out of 5 stars True to Jim Henson!
I got to say, this is staying true to what Jim Henson would have wanted by new generation.
Published 2 months ago by Fan reader
1.0 out of 5 stars buying DVDs and CDs from Amazon may be an expensive failure (it's a...
This is one of the greatest films I've ever seen!

But, the new DVD of it which I ordered from Amazon arrived so badly scratched up that it was totally unplayable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dacotah Coleman
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I gave it away and the person to when I gave it to threw it out.
Published 3 months ago by Anna Gregov
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i love it
Published 3 months ago by Dragontopia
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie!
This is the second time I have purchased this movie due to all my family loving it so much that the first copy went missing! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tristam Myer
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