Edward Scissorhands  [DVD]
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DVD Special Features
1.85:1 ratio enhanced for 16:9 widescreen TVs
Dolby Digital 4.0 Surround
Subtitles: English for the hearing impaired
Edward Scissorhands achieves the nearly impossible feat of capturing the delicate flavour of a fable or fairy tale in a live-action movie. The story follows a young man named Edward (Johnny Depp), who was created by an inventor (Vincent Price, in one of his last roles) who died before he could give the poor creature a pair of human hands. Edward lives alone in a ruined Gothic castle that just happens to be perched above a pastel-coloured suburb inhabited by breadwinning husbands and frustrated housewives straight out of the 1950s. One day, Peg (Dianne Wiest), the local Avon lady, comes calling. Finding Edward alone, she kindly invites him to come home with her, where she hopes to help him with his pasty complexion and those nasty nicks he's given himself with his razor-sharp fingers. Soon Edward's skill with topiary sculpture and hair design make him popular in the neighbourhood--but the mood turns just as swiftly against the outsider when he starts to feel his own desires, particularly for Peg's daughter Kim (Winona Ryder). Most of director Tim Burton's movies (such as Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice and Batman) are visual spectacles with elements of fantasy but Edward Scissorhands is more tender and personal than the others. Edward's wild black hair is much like Burton's, suggesting that the character represents the director's own feelings of estrangement and co-option. Johnny Depp, making his first successful leap from TV to film, captures Edward's child-like vulnerability even while his physical posture evokes horror icons like the vampire in Nosferatu and the sleepwalker in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Classic horror films, at their heart, feel a deep sympathy for the monsters they portray; simply and affectingly, Edward Scissorhands lays that heart bare. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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All in all a great film to experience on Blu Ray and for the price it is now, a bargain.
Jack discovers Christmas Land, and dreams of becoming the new Santy "Claws" (as he thinks his name is), and tries to bring the opposite worlds of Christmas Land and Halloween Town together. However, he fails and realises that he will remain an alien in normal society.
Likewise, Vincent is a young boy from Suburbia who dreams he lives in a story by Edgar Allan Poe, and thus becomes alienated from his family.
Edward Scissorhands comes from the same family of brilliant but isolated characters. He has been created by a scientist (Vincent Price), but the untimely death of his creator left him unfinished; his hands are sharp razors. He is different physically from other poeople, but also very innocent, as he has never been in contact with mankind.
His isolation comes to an end when an Avon-representative knocks on his castle's door, discovers him, and decides that, in his best interest, she will take him to Suburbia.
Disgusted by his appearance, the narrow-minded suburbians distrust him until they find out his gift for hair-cutting. A new phase in his life begins, and he finds himself attracted to Wynona Ryder, but is too shy to tell her.
The situation reaches a climax when he is taken advantage of by the girl's boorish boyfriend, a typical sports-addicted youngster with a pea-sized brain (if any). She then realises that he is too pure for this conformist world, and makes the police believe Edward is dead, so that he can go back to his castle and be out of reach of these stupid people.Read more ›
Here is a brief overhaul.
I was dubious about picture quality and sound at first and could apprehend the possibility of significant grain (this being one of the earlier Blu-ray releases). However my first impression of the picture quality, seemed rather mediocre at first (essentially the opening scene), but as the film progressed the high quality image blew me away. It is consistently sharp throughout and the film being riddled with outlandish Tim Burton quirkiness, verve and creativity makes this a steal whatever the price. 'Edward Scissorhands' truly defines the standards of Blu-ray and it's novelties. If like me, you previously owned the VHS/DVD version, discard of that and buy this instead.
To note, this is the extended cut and to my knowledge the 'PG' version shown in the picture is non-existent. The '12' rated version is not really an 'extended cut' per say, it's the original cut that was initially pre-cut by the BBFC to remove Anthony Michael Hall's lingering relentless beatings upon poor Edward to a pulp in the infamous climatic scene. I reckon the BBFC were cautious about younger children being exposed to this hard hitting scene (if you'd excuse the pun). So endure, in all it's (mildly) gory glory!
As a plus this release offers a limited range of special features. It features a brief glimpse of footage from the cast prior to the film's release which is relatively endearing, several trailers presented in HD, and a Tim Burton audio commentary track. Which I haven't as of yet listened to in full due to how it's constructed, rather poorly if anything.Read more ›
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Bought mine from the USA much cheaper, but the quality of the Bluray is amazing for a older film.Published 12 days ago by Matthew H.