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Hedwig and the Angry Inch Gets New Criterion Release


In 2001, John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask brought their over-the-top rock opera Hedwig and the Angry Inch from the stage to the screen. Now, the Criterion Collection will release a restored version of the film, featuring conversations between the cast and crew, deleted scenes, an 85-minute documentary exploring the origin of the project, audio commentary from cinematographer Frank G. DeMarco and Mitchell (who wrote, directed, and starred in Hedwig), and more. It’s out on DVD and Blu-Ray on June 25.

Hedwig follows the trials and triumphs of the titular diva (played by Mitchell), who was raised as a boy in East Berlin, but flees to America after undergoing a personal transformation. Hedwig winds up leading a rock band on a tour of the United States, telling her story through song. The film is scored by the original works of composer and lyricist Stephen Trask.

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