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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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Director-approved two-DVD special edition.


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


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)


MPAA rating: R; for sexual content and language.


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.


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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