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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    A World of Magic, Adventure and Imagination Awaits


    The Jim Henson Company Celebrates 50 Years of Bringing Fantasy and Illusion to Life with the February 14 Release on DVD and for PSP

    Culver City, Calif. (February 13, 2006) – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and The Jim Henson Co. embark on a journey to a spellbinding land of floating giants, monkeybirds and dangerous sphinxes when the fantastical film MIRRORMASK comes to DVD and for PSP. From the storied Jim Henson Company, MIRRORMASK is an original script written by famed comic-book and fantasy writer Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Neverwhere, Anansi Boys) and directed by his long-time collaborator and illustrator Dave McKean (Cages, The Wolves in the Walls). A premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and award-winner at several festivals including the Sarasota Film Festival, the Edinburgh Film Festival, the Fantastick Film Festival, the Locarno Film Festival and the Sitges Film Festival, MIRRORMASK is a must-have addition for the film libraries of fans, collectors and Henson newcomers alike. The magic lands on DVD and for PSP on February 14 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, both priced at an SRP of $26.96.

    The long-awaited DVD boasts more than an hour of exclusive extra features. Fans can go Behind the Scenes with Dave McKean, have a conversation with Neil Gaiman in the Neil Talks feature, or watch the Flight of the Monkeybirds in the special featurette, along with many more exclusive features and scenes.


    MIRRORMASK is the story of Helena, who works for the family circus, and wishes-quite ironically-that she could run away and join real life. But such is not to be the case, as she finds herself on a strange journey into the Dark Lands, a fantastic landscape filled with giants, Monkeybirds and dangerous sphinxes. Helena searches for the MIRRORMASK, an object of enormous power that is her only hope of escaping the Dark Lands, waking the Queen of Light and returning home.


    · Day 16: A Time-Lapse Video Of One Day On-Set
    · Neil Talks: A Conversation with Neil Gaiman
    · Comic Con 2003: a Q&A session
    · Behind the Scenes with Dave McKean
    · Flight of the Monkeybirds featurette
    · Off Set, a making-of featurette
    · High-definition format

    Rated: PG
    Color / Closed Captioned
    Running Time: 101 minutes

    DVD Catalog # 02505
    DVD UPC Code” 043396025059
    DVD Order Date: 1/12/06
    DVD SLP: $26.96
    UMD for PSP Catalog # 12851
    UMD for PSP UPC Code: 043396128514
    UMD for PSP Order Date: 1/12/06
    UMD for PSP SLP: $26.96
  2. Elijah Sullivan

    Elijah Sullivan Supporting Actor

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    Watched it Sunday night and enjoyed it quite a bit. A lot of stuff that gets called "imaginative" these days doesn't fully deserve it (I'm looking at you, Miyazaki), but this film does.

    If there is anything negative to say about it, it's that Dave McKean has no clue how to pace a motion picture - every scene drags, nothing is punchy and to-the-point (as, ironically, Neil Gaiman says in the interview on the disc, they intended the film to be!). Some of the acting, camerawork and music are also borderline amateur in distracting ways, but you quickly become accustomed to it - because the vision of the film, the visual and audio design, and the story are in no way amateur in themselves.

    It's quite a good family film, as in adults will enjoy it (more so than Labyrinth and Potter, I'd say) and it's appropriate for children while only a just scary enough to appeal to them and not give them nightmares.

    The DVD is good, the sound and video quality are fine, and the features are pretty interesting if you like fantasy and/or the work of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean.

    For fans of fantasy - skip that suckfest Zathura and get this one, instead. Sony shot themselves in the foot releasing these both on the same day [​IMG]
  3. PatWahlquist

    PatWahlquist Supporting Actor

    Jun 13, 2002
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    I'm really looking forward to this one. I'm a big fan of both Gaiman and McKean. McKean's pacing problems are nothing new: his comic series "Cages" suffered from the same pacing problem. It sure looked pretty, though.

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