MirrorMask (Widescreen)

Starring: Stephanie Leonidas Director: Dave McKean  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
From the creative minds of Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean and the Jim Henson Company.
Rating 4.0
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby 5.1 - English, Portuguese, Thai
    • Dolby Surround Sound - French
    • Subtitles - Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: Dave McKean - Director/Writer
    • Interviews: Questions & Answers
    • Featurette:
      1. Neil Gaiman
      2. Dave McKean talks about the film
      3. Beginnings
      4. Cast & Crew
      5. Day 16
      6. Flight of the Monkeybirds
      7. Giants Development

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring
Performer: , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Music by
Screenwriting by
Cinematography by
Produced by , &

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 10/07/2005
"MIRRORMASK unspools with the rambling, intuitive digressions of a dream..." -- Grade: A-
New York Times - 10/28/2005
"[The film] blends live action with computer-generated animation by the Jim Henson Company into a provocative, murky surrealism."
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."
Uncut - 04/01/2006
"[With] a winning WIZARD OF OZ-style structure...[and] a resplendent universe of impossible vistas and fabulous beings."

Product Description:

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.

Plot Keywords:

Animated / Live-Action | Dreams | Family (General) | Fantasy | Teenagers | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: September 30, 2005

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Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 93,734
  • UPC: 043396025059
  • Shipping Weight: 0.15/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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