“The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long,” says a character in Blade Runner
. He could have been talking about Heath Ledger, one of the most gifted actors of his generation who won a posthumous Oscar for playing the Joker in The Dark Knight.
Ledger’s last film was Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus—
a bizarre slice of storytelling about an ancient sideshow magician whose deal with the Devil has come due. Ledger plays a troupe newcomer who helps usher visitors to the Imaginarium, a CGI dreamscape world where they must choose between the Light and the Dark. Since Ledger died during the production, Gilliam decided to shape-shift his character into Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell inside the surreal Imaginarium instead of jettisoning Ledger’s footage and starting over.
Ledger fans will want to pick up Lionsgate’s DVD or Blu-ray of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
on April 27 for a look at his final work. Blu-ray Bob has exclusive details about yet-to-be-reported bonus features, of which there are many. Both the DVD and BD will contain making-of featurettes, commentary by Gilliam, a deleted scene, artwork and more, but the Ledger extras will be of the most interest. We get a “Heath Ledger Wardrobe Test with Optional Commentary by Terry Gilliam,” an interview with Ledger, and “Heath Ledger and Friends,” in which Depp, Law, Verne Troyer and Christopher Plummer talk about what it was like to proceed with production after Ledger had passed away. These three bonus features will be the world’s last glimpse of the popular young actor.