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Title:
Hedwig and the angry inch
Author:
Mitchell, John Cameron.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[United States] : New Line Home Entertainment, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Based on the smash hit New York show, this is a high-energy rock musical in the tradition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is the story of Hedwig, an ambitious glam-rocker who comes to America determined to find fame, fortune, and his "other half."
General Note:
DVD release of the 2000 motion picture.

"Widescreen version presented in a 'letterboxed' widescreen format 1.85:1 aspect ratio."

Special features: filmmaker commentary ; deleted scenes with filmmaker commentary ; original feature-length documentary: Whether you like it or not: the story of Hedwig ; Select-a-song: song by song access to the film ; cast and crew filmographies ; theatrical trailer.

DVD-ROM content: original theatrical website.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Closed-captioned.
ISBN:
9780780636873
UPC:
794043540127
Format :
DVD

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Adapted from the hit off-Broadway musical of the same name, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the tale of an "internationally ignored" rock & roll singer who hails from Communist Berlin and who dreams of becoming an American sensation. Hedwig (John Cameron Mitchell), born a boy named Hansel, is raised by a single mother (Alberta Watson) who wishes to see her son do better than his poverty-stricken family. Some years later, Hansel is attracted to a good-looking American G.I., who promises a better life overseas for young Hansel, under one condition: that he undergo a sex-change operation to become a fully functional female whom he can then marry. The operation is seriously botched, leaving the now-renamed Hedwig with an "angry inch" only to be stranded in a dingy Kansas trailer park on the day the Berlin Wall comes tumbling down. Hedwig then supports herself through a series of ill-fated lounge gigs and side jobs, meeting up with 16-year-old Tommy Gnosis (Michael Pitt), a religious type who befriends her and later steals her songs and becomes the rock star Hedwig always dreamed of being. Undeterred, Hedwig continues to perform in the shadow of Tommy's sold-out stadium tour, attempting to make herself whole in spirit, if not physically. The film features several songs by composer Stephen Trask, who also appears as a member of Hedwig's disinterested rock band; Miriam Shor portrays Hedwig's newfound love and backup singer. ~ Jason Clark, Rovi


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