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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Casper Van Dien
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Writers: Andrew Kevin Walker, Kevin Yagher, Washington Irving
  • Producers: Adam Schroeder, Andrew Kevin Walker, Celia D. Costas, Dieter Geissler
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Pathe
  • DVD Release Date: 24 July 2000
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TIYS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,293 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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. Despite his attempts to find a rational explanation for the decapitated bodies that continue to turn up with alarming regularity, Crane comes to the conclusion that the killings are the work of an axe-wielding headless horseman.

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The secret to "getting" Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow is appreciating that it's the film he's wanted to make his whole life. After the intimately expressive Edward Scissorhands, this is his most personal venture. Burton's Gothic style--apparent through all his work--stems from a childhood misspent watching the horror movies of Roger Corman, Hammer studios, and anything featuring his idol Vincent Price. For Sleepy Hollow Burton surrounded himself with his usual collaborators and friends; the production was almost entirely shot on location outside London to reunite him with key members of the crew he'd used a decade earlier in Batman, and also to capture the atmosphere of Hammer horror on its own turf.

Johnny Depp's Constable Ichabod Crane warmly emulates the mannerisms and enunciation of Peter Cushing. In a prologue scene Burton plays out a long-held fantasy by pitting Depp against Christopher Lee. And it is fantasy that categorises the film throughout, from the mythical fireside telling of the Hessian Horseman's origin (a mesmerising Christopher Walken), to the bright spots of colour saturating Crane's childhood dreams (featuring Burton's real-life love Lisa Marie). These moments literally shine out amid a meticulously crafted look for the film, which underwent a bleaching process to tone things down to an almost monochrome hue. The Scooby Doo-like whodunnit plot, concerning family lineage and petty vengeance, is naturally secondary to what Burton is aiming to achieve through photography and performance, which includes expressive cameos from Michael Gambon, Michael Gough, Jeffrey Jones, and Iain McDiarmid. Yet despite all these subtleties, it's also his best action movie: the swordplay betters anything from his earlier work, while the windmill escape and subsequent coach chase is truly breathtaking in choreography and execution. If you find a cheesy grin on your face for most of the film, you've "got" it. If not, see Hammer's Dracula at once! --Paul Tonks

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Nov. 2002
Format: DVD
This is the most magnificent horror movie I have ever seen and one of favorite movies of all time. One of the main motivations for my buying a DVD player a couple of years ago was the desire to own Sleepy Hollow in the ultimate format. Normally I have nothing but disdain for a film that completely rewrites a classic tale such as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but I have no complaints at all about this masterpiece. The movie does take so many liberties with the original that Washington Irving might have a hard time recognizing it, though. Ichabod Crane is not a mild-mannered schoolteacher but is instead an enterprising New York City constable whose determination to use scientific method in his work earns him the unpalatable assignment of investigating a series of beheadings in the hamlet of Sleep Hollow. He regards the tale told by the town elders about a headless horseman as nonsense-until he sees the horseman at work with his own two eyes. His timid nature rather obviously revealed, he nevertheless steadfastly continues his investigation of the matter, concentrating on a conspiracy linking the different murders. The increasingly supernatural aspects of the story do nothing to take away from a spectacular ending.
Sleepy Hollow boasts a spectacular cast and a stellar crew of filmmakers. Tim Burton, with a little help from Francis Ford Coppola, has created a work of art. The settings are incredible and truly evocative of a farming community of the late 18th century. The dark and moody atmosphere of Sleepy Hollow makes the very town an important character in and of itself. When we view the scenes of Crane's childhood memories, full of vibrant color seemingly leaping off the screen, the contrast between the two atmospheres is incredible.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Aug. 2000
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A bit of an impulse buy for me turned out to be an essential addition to the DVD shelf. Burton's return to the fore of the genre (which may very well soon be called the Burton genre) is an accomplished, edgy-but-fun film version of the origin American fairy tale which must be watched. Johnny Depp plays New Yorker Constable Ichabod Crane, the intelligent, squeamish detective sent to unearth the truth behind a series of beheadings in the Hudson Islands village of Sleepy Hollow. His work leads him into the arms of Katrina van Tassel (Christina Ricci) and a web of intreague in the village which involves witchcraft, legend revenge, love, and lost memories in equal measure.
Casper Van Dien adds another Hollywood face, and Ray Park (of Darth Maul fame) has his removed as the Hessian's sans-tete actor (Christopher Walken as the avec-tete version is bone chillingly terrifying to look at). Sleepy Hollow also includes some wonderful performances by Britain's finest - Michael Gambon delivering some lines with perfect judgement of comic timing and emphasis, Miranda Richardson acting with versatility and ferocity as well as Richard Griffiths and Ian McDiarmid finishing the set. Young performer Marc Pickering has an incredible ability for one so young, being almost the only unknown amongst a further cast of cameos from the likes of Christopher Lee and Martin Landau.
The DVD itself allows Burton's vision to burst to life in vivid detail, colour contrast and sound being incredibly rich and varied. Menus are cleverly designed and eerily presented. The extra features section is also well stocked with two features, pictures and trailers making compelling viewing.
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What an excellent film this is!!!

The setting is superb, scenery and environment are absolutely beautiful,the camerawork is amazing.

Johnny Depp is playing a cowardly detective set to solve some brutal

murders in the village of Sleepy Hollow. It turns out to be a really

creepy ghost story, but also an oldschool crime-solving story. He

portraits his characters with his very own sloppiness, fun and superb

acting skills. Miranda Richardson in a pivotal role was equally superb.

Such movies are rare in these days, but Burton has really succeeded in

this.Top notch through out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. RICE on 14 May 2007
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I saw this film 3 years ago and it was one of my favourite film's to date, the film aired last night and my wife before the film said she proberly won't like this film but how wrong was she, after the film she asked me to buy her the DVD as she loved it so much she said it was BRILLENT. Burton has really done a great job on this film and giving it a bit of hammer horror style, all the actors were excellent and the plot was outstanding, if your looking for a film that has a ghost story with a bit of love, humour and a scare then this film is for you!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Oct. 2004
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Typical Tim Burton style, this is a masterpeice. Burton brings the dark, moody, gothic atmosphere (such as in the best batman films) to this brilliant story.
Yes, of course i'm a Depp fan but this is one for everyone.
The famous cast of actors (mostly British) are excellant.
Its not a real horror but more of a suspense/thriller with a touch of horror. It also manages to introduce a touch of humour without over doing it, thanks to Depps wonderful quirky/simple policeman character.
one to watch again and again.
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