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Ed Wood [Special Edition] [DVD] [1994]

  • SKU: 6171395
  • Release Date: 10/19/2004
  • Rating: R
Tim Burton's 1994 masterpiece Ed Wood comes to DVD in a Special Edition from Touchstone Home Entertainment. The cult classic is presented with a black-and-white widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is remixed in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound. Optional subtitles are available in English and Spanish. An audio commentary track is provided by director Tim Burton, actor Martin Landau, co-writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, director of photography Stefan Czapsky, and costume designer Colleen Atwood. This disc is packed with special features. "Let's Shoot This F#*%@r!" is a behind-the-scenes featurette with leading man Johnny Depp. "The Theremin" is a brief look at the creation of the music for the film. "Making Bela" is a featurette about the creation of the Bela Lugosi character with actor Martin Landau and makeup designer Rick Baker. "Pie Plates Over Hollywood" is a featurette on the look of the film with production designer Tom Duffield. "When Carol Met Larry" is a featurette about real-life cross-dressers and their opinion on Ed Wood. Other special features include deleted scenes, a music video, and the original theatrical trailer. This is a highly recommended disc for a multiple Academy Award-winning film.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (12 out of 13)

    Special Features


    • Deleted scenes
    • "Let's Shoot This F#*%@r!" behind-the-scenes featurette, hosted by Johnny Depp
    • "Making Bela" featurette about the creation of the Bela Lugosi character in the film, with actor Martin Landau and makeup designer Rick Baker
    • "Pie Plates Over Hollywood" featurette on the look of the film, with production designer Tom Duffield
    • Featurette on the use of the theremin to create music for the film
    • Audio commentary with director Tim Burton, actor Martin Landau, co-writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, director of photography Stefan Czapsky, and costume designer Colleen Atwood
    • Music video
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Ed Wood
    Hollywood visionary Tim Burton pays homage to another Hollywood visionary, albeit a less successful one, in this unusual fictionalized biography. The film follows Wood (Johnny Depp) in his quest for film greatness as he writes and directs turkey after turkey, cross-dresses, and surrounds himself with a motley crew of Hollywood misfits, outcasts, has-beens, and never-weres. The real story, however, is his friendship with aging, morphine-addicted Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau), whom he tries to help stage a comeback. Landau's unforgettable Oscar-winning performance must be seen to be believed, as must Rick Baker's Oscar-winning makeup. While it would have been easy to make a film simply ridiculing the bumbling director, Burton instead focuses on his driving passion for filmmaking and his unwavering persistence in the face of ridicule and failure. Possibly the most surprising aspect of the film is the genuine sentiment with which Burton treats the relationship between Wood and Lugosi; his devotion to Lugosi is touching, as is Lugosi's final soliloquy -- an inane bit of dialogue from the hilariously bad Bride of the Monster that grows into a poignant metaphor for the actor's life and ultimate triumph of his spirit. Even the look of the film is right; it manages to preserve the air of one of Wood's own films while retaining a sense of artistry in much of the composition on screen (note the scene at the drug rehab where Lugosi endures a horrifying night of detox). In all, Ed Wood is a unique film -- at times side-splittingly funny; at others, tragic or even frightening -- and a heartfelt tribute to the love of movies, good and bad alike. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Johnny Depp
      Johnny Depp - Ed Wood
    • Martin Landau
      Martin Landau - Bela Lugosi
    • Sarah Jessica Parker
      Sarah Jessica Parker - Dolores Fuller
    • Patricia Arquette
      Patricia Arquette - Kathy O'Hara
    • Bill Murray
      Bill Murray - Bunny Breckinridge



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    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 13 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Tim Burton's best film.

      Posted
      varmintx
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      Devoid of the usual fantasy elements of Tim Burton's films, Ed Wood is, never the less, his best film. A loving tribute to the titular filmmaker, to freaks in general, and to films (good or bad), the movie is a crazy ride of an, to say the least, eclectic bunch of characters. One of Johnny's Depp's best roles, the film starts with the wide-eyed man trying to get his terrible films made (while dealing with his secret cross-dressing). A chance encounter introduces Martin Landau's Bela Lugosi who steals every scene he's in with an Oscar-winning performance. Bill Murray, as one of Wood's many hangers-on, is a man constantly talking about a gender change operation that is obviously never going to happen. And the list of wonderful weirdos just continues to grow after that as Wood tries to get financing for his silly, little monster movies. Shot in grainy black and white (as is fitting for the subject matter), the blu-ray was never going to look spectacular, but the transfer is quite remarkable with only the occasional noise ruining an otherwise very film-like presentation. Front-heavy, the audio is never very immersive, but the dialogue is always clear. The included deleted scenes are worth checking out.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      wonderful film

      Posted
      prlwctd

      This funny and sweet Tim Burton film is perhaps his most interesting. The title character (Johnny Depp) is often regarded as cinema's worst director. The film begins in the early 1950's when Wood is finally given the chance to write & direct a feature film (which would turn out to be the first of Wood's so-bad-they're-good canon: Glen or Glenda?). At the same time, he gains a friend & colleague in one of his idols-Bela Lugosi (a wonderful Martin Landau) who, by the 50's, had been written off & dealing with morphine addiction. The rest of the cast (as Wood's stock company) is also terrific & Vincent D'Onofrio has a great cameo as Orson Welles. Appopriately shot in black & white (like Wood's films), this is a nice look into the art of filmmaking, albeit through the eyes of one of its worst but most enthusiastic practictioners. If this isn't required viewing for film schools, it should be!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Ed Wood is Magnificent

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      spaceman
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      Blind Optimism at it's finest! The story is great, characters are great, lighting is great, set design is great, actors are great. Also, it's a true story which leads into research (if interested) even after the credits roll. Truly a underrated movie that sits on the top of my Tim Burton list, and I'm not a big Tim Burton fan. Just go watch it and you will be pleasantly surprised :) off you go!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Got Wood?

      Posted
      Dwiz

      This was a movie that was really not going anywhere.I saw the first hour of the movie and was like,what is this?It was a little funny,but in a weird humor type of way.I just wasn't that into the movie.Even thou it was shot in black and white classic movie style.I really don't think that this was Tim Burton or Johnny Depp at their best.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Tim Burton's Best Film

      Posted
      kevman79

      A charming tale based on the true life of director Edward D. Wood Jr. who arguably made some of the worst films of all time. By far Tim Burton's best film as a director, Johnny Depp gives an outstanding performance as does Martin Landau. Excellent special edition dvd. Highly Recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Blu-Ray Transfer Excellent

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      Rp69
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      Finally upgraded my DVD to the Blu-ray and with cleaned up sound and visuals this movie is more of a hilarious treat than ever. The added features to this blu-ray including deleted scenes and background materials made this a keeper in my collection

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      AWESOME MOVIE

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      PapaDeago
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      I first saw this movie back in the mid 1990's on VHS tape, and it immediately became one of my all time favorites. The quality of this Blu-ray release is absolutely awesome, and in glorious black and white. A must for Johnny Depp and Tim Burton fans.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great old Hollywood movie in Ed Wood era

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      Ricky
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      Great film showcasing old Hollywood in the mind of Edward Wood Jr. Get to know the man behind the worst/cult classic movies in Hollywood.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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