Sleepy Hollow 1999

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Tim Burton's gothic detective story is steeped in the traditions of American myth and the style of Hammer Horror. At the beginning of the 19th Century, New York pathologist Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is sent to the remote town of Sleepy Hollow to investigate the gruesome deaths of a number of the community's figureheads.

Starring:
Casper Van Dien,Martin Landau
Runtime:
1 hour, 45 minutes

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Genres Fantasy, Thriller, Science Fiction, Horror
Director Tim Burton
Starring Casper Van Dien, Martin Landau
Supporting actors Michael Gough, Marc Pickering, Miranda Richardson, Richard Griffiths, Ian Mcdiarmid, Christ, Michael Gambon, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken, Johnny Depp, Jeffrey Jones
Studio StudioCanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By TMUK VINE VOICE on 6 April 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A wonderful Tim Burton Movie set at the turn of the 19th century following the investigations of Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) as he takes his new fangled scientific crime solving approach to solve the mystery of the headless horseman in the small town of Sleepy Hollow. Its a wonderful story shot in a dark and very Burtonesque way.

Ok lets look at the Blu ray as it seems to be getting a big thumbs down in terms of quality and content.

First off the nature of the film using an almost black and white shooting technique that Tim burton has used several times in films such as the musical Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street [Blu-ray] [2007] can create grainy problems due to the way that HD Televisions deal with light and dark. Im not saying this is the primary reason for the grainyness in this film im just pointing out that I have watched and read reviews on a number of Blu Rays and the darker lit movies seem to suffer worst from this problem. Having said that in my opinion this movie suffers in some respects more than other blu rays with simialar issues and I don't think this was a particually great transfer.

You do get the overall feeling that this blu ray has been rushed to market and although i disagree with those who say the DVD is better quality i do understand that if the price isn't right on the blu ray offering you may wish to stick with the DVD. My second major issue with the disk is the extras or lack there of. It seems I spend a lot of review time shouting at the wall about the non exsistance extras on so many older movies that have been transferred to blu ray.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By STEVENSEAGALFAN on 8 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
***DVD REVIEW*** Sleepy Hollow is a very good film to watch at Halloween with it's spooky foggy sets, there are pumpkins everywhere and just the general feel of the film. Ichabod Crane(Johnny Depp)is sent to investigate THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, a headless horseman who is killing local people from the town.

Ichabod is a very weird and eccentric character which just adds to the film. This is your typical Tim Burton film with the weird and wonderful characters and some horrible deaths as the headless horseman wields his axe. A truly scary and brilliant spooky film to watch at HALLOOOOOOOWEEN!!!!!!!!!.

For me sleepy hollow has been Johnny Depp's best film, you could say this part was made for him. A lot of people have complained about the Blu-ray lacking bonus features, me personally am going to wait for the Anniversary edition, hopefully there might be more.

***FEATURES BELOW***

Two Original Theatrical Trailers
Behind the Legend
Reflections on Sleepy Hollow
Director's Commentary
Photo Gallery
Biographies
Interactive Moving Menus
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Freebird Moon Unit on 30 Sept. 2009
Format: Blu-ray
This is an excellent film but the quality of transfer onto Blu-Ray disc is appalling. Its just a cheap and lazy cash in with very grainy quality, possibly worse than DVD, and no extras - including no sub-titles. This is a rip off I suggest you avoid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zombie Twin on 31 Jan. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I've been reviewing DVDs and Blu-rays for various websites for the last 12 years, and the UK Blu copy of Sleepy Hollow has me stumped. I really enjoyed the movie, being a good slice of Burton gothic pitched between Batman Returns and the over-stylised meanderings of Alice in Wonderland, and the more you know Hammer Films will colour your opinion of it. With a number of their cast popping up, what fan wouldn't love it more?

Anyway, to the disc. It's grainy. Damn, it is certainly that! Whilst those of us with an eye for the cinematic always argue that such qualities are a good thing, rather than stripping it all out to make it shinier and more marketable to younger buyers, but said grain is probably an homage to the very films Sleepy Hollow is paying tribute to, and - subjectively - it looks very pleasing. The American Blu-ray has been blasted for being rather smudgy and barely a step-up from the DVD, lacking any real sharpness or definition. However, when watching it under appropriate conditions on a large, properly-calibrated screen, I reached a point where I couldn't decide if the grain on the image was genuine, or added later.

There were many times I watched and thought "Hmm, that really looks like a 60s Hammer film", and the grain certainly help give it a cinematic appearance, but this was countered by an equal amount of instances where something looked "wrong" with the grain structure. It wasn't as obvious the most notorious of American companies, who DNR it to death, strip out the grain - along with the fine detail - and put a digital "mesh" over the top of it and wait for the ignorant to applaud. This one really has me stumped!!

The sound is another matter!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
Sleepy Hollow is directed by Tim Burton and co-adapted to screenplay by Andrew Kevin Walker and Kevin Yagher from the The Legend of Sleepy Hollow written by Washington Irving. It stars Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Marc Pickering, Michael Gambon, Jeffrey Jones and Casper Van Dien. Music is scored by Danny Elfman and cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.

1799 New York, and Ichabod Crane, a timid but forward thinking detective, is sent to the way out village of Sleepy Hollow to investigate a number of decapitations.

A perfect match of director and actor to the source material, Sleepy Hollow unfolds as a fun filled creeper of such visual and aural pleasures, it's a wonder nobody thought to put the combination together earlier than 1999. Story is familiar, though with a few changes, and although some of the comedy ends up a bit sillier than is tonally appropriate (really, Ichabod, stop pushing the effeminate angle to breaking point) , film runs along at a fair old clip and never wants for period devilment. It's never really scary when Walken's headless horseman isn't part of the scene, but it's very unlikely that Burton or Depp were aiming to soil underwear anyway. More a case of charming you whilst caressing the tingler on your spine. A case of style of substance? Yes, to a degree, but the source story still comes through the lavish eye candy painting to reveal itself proudly.

Burton had created a world of Gothic mysticism, a blend of Hammer horror values and Brothers Grimm bad dreams, a land of swirling mists and tall shadows, where black, red and purple are essential colours.
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