On June 16, Imaginaerum, a 2012 film by Finnish band Nightwish, will be released on DVD through Nuclear Blast.
Imaginaerum is a feature-length film co-written by the band’s songwriter, Tuomas Holopainen, featuring music from the Nightwish album of the same name. The story takes place largely in the head of Thomas, an old rock musician who is in a coma. As his estranged daughter ponders whether to pull the plug on him, he relives key episodes of his life in a fantasy world that contains a snowman named Mr. White and a magical roller coaster. As he navigates the surreal setting, he gains a greater understanding of the events of his life and the people in it—but whether he can reconcile with his daughter before he runs out of time in the real world remains to be seen. A Blabbermouth.net article about the project from 2012 hailed Imaginaerum as “a musical fantasy world in the vein of David Lynch, Neil Gaiman, and Cirque du Soleil,” and proclaimed the film “an innovative mixture of story-telling and music, an extraordinary tale of the power of imagination… and what’s ultimately important in life.”
Here’s the trailer: