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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Call Number

  • DVD MUSICAL (OSH)

Edition

Director-approved two-DVD special edition.

Languages

English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Performers

John Cameron Mitchell, Andrea Martin, Michael Pitt, Miriam Shor, Alberta Watson, Stephen Trask, Rob Campbell.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2019]

Physical Description

2 videodiscs (91 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded sheet (color illustrations ; 19 cm)

Audience

MPAA rating: R; for sexual content and language.

Summary

With this trailblazing musical, writer-director-star John Cameron Mitchell and composer-lyricist Stephen Trask brought their signature creation from stage to screen for a movie as unclassifiable as its protagonist. Raised a boy in East Berlin, Hedwig undergoes a traumatic personal transformation in order to emigrate to the U.S., where she reinvents herself as an "internationally ignored" but divinely talented rock diva, characterized by Mitchell as inhabiting a "beautiful gender of one." The film tells Hedwig's story through her music, an eclectic assortment of original punk anthems and power ballads by Trask, matching them with a freewheeling cinematic mosaic of music-video fantasies, animated interludes, and moments of bracing emotional realism. A hard-charging song cycle and a tender character study, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a tribute to the transcendent power of rock and roll.

Notes

Title from container.

Adapted from the musical play by Steven Trask and John Cameron Mitchell.

Originally released as a motion picture in 2001.

Special features: New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Cameron Mitchell and cinematographer Frank G. DeMarco ; audio commentary from 2001 featuring Mitchell and DeMarco ; new conversation among members of the cast and crew ; new conversation between composer and lyricist Stephen Trask and rock critic David Fricke about the soundtrack ; documentary from 2003 tracing the development of the project ; close look at the film's Adam and Eve sequence ; new programs exploring Hedwig's creation, look, and legacy through its memorabilia ; deleted scenes with commentary by Michell and DeMarco ; trailer.

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