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Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street [Blu-ray] [2007] [2008] [Region Free]

Johnny Depp , Helena Bonham Carter , Jody Halse    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen
  • Directors: Jody Halse
  • Producers: Stephen Sondheim, John Logan, Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, Korean
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 19 May 2008
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012YG7RS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,047 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After years of rumours, it turns out that Tim Burton was the perfect visionary to film Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Stephen Sondheim's Broadway masterpiece, and the result is a macabre and moving musical movie as enthralling as anything Burton has ever done. The show's mix of gothic horror, Grand Guignol, very dark humor, and witty and beautiful music never was the stuff of traditional musical comedy, but it's a powerful work, and perhaps the richest of the late 20th century. In the movie, Burton's frequent collaborator, Johnny Depp, plays Todd, a wronged man whose lust for revenge drives him to murder (an 19th-century legend who has been traced to a real-life barber). Helena Bonham Carter, another Burton mainstay, is Mrs. Lovett, the barber's partner-in-unspeakable-crime. It's no surprise that Depp is an excellent choice to convey Todd's brooding intensity and volcanic rage, but he can also sing a score that is so challenging it has often played in opera houses (though not with the same style as the Broadway original, Len Cariou, and he occasionally lapses into pop style). Bonham Carter is small of voice and lacks the humour of the original Broadway Lovett, Angela Lansbury, but she sings on pitch, in rhythm, and in character at the same time, which is no small feat for a Sondheim show. Aficionados will regret the loss of certain musical passages--"The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" is just an instrumental overture and the chorus is gone altogether, among others, but the reassuring presence of orchestrator Jonathan Tunick and conductor Paul Gemignani ensures that the music feels right and sounds great. And the film's depiction of a Victorian London hellhole, with cinematography by Dariusz Wolski and costumes by Colleen Atwood, also looks and feels right.

The excellent cast is filled out by Alan Rickman as the villainous Judge Turpin, Timothy Spall as his seedy Beadle, Sacha Baron Cohen as a rival barber, Jamie Campbell Bower as the young lover Anthony, Jayne Wisener as his object of affection, and Ed Sanders as the young Toby. For fans of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp who don't think they like musicals, Sweeney Todd should be a revelation (though not for the squeamish, as the gore is intense and completely appropriate). For fans of Broadway and Sondheim, it's hard to imagine getting a better adaptation than this. The fact that there's no newly composed Oscar-bait song sung by a Josh Groban-type over the end credits only makes it better. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

Tim Burton's film version of the Stephen Sondheim musical starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Based on a 'penny dreadful' tale (which later became an urban myth) from the mid-19th Century, this musical tells the tale of Benjamin Barker (Depp), a barber who returns to London after spending years in exile for a crime he didn't commit. He soon discovers from pie-maker Mrs Lovett (Bonham Carter) that, in his absence, his wife has taken her own life and his daughter is now in the care of the man who had him sent away - the dastardly Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman). Seeking revenge and filled with a murderous rage, Barker sets up a barber's shop above Mrs Lovett's premises. Now calling himself Sweeney Todd, Barker kills off all his customers with a razor to the throat and sends their cadavers to the shop below to be used as a tasty new filling for Mrs Lovett's meat pies. What was once the worst pie shop in London quickly becomes one of the city's most popular eateries, but Barker won't be satisfied until he can lure Judge Turpin into the barber's chair...


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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages and Subtitles 18 Dec 2008
Format:Blu-ray
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Languages: Dolby Digital English 5.1, Castilian Spanish 5.1, French 5.1, German 5.1, Italian 5.1, Spanish 5.1

Subtitles: English, Brazilian Portuguese, Castilian Spanish, Complex Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish.

I think it's a brilliant movie if you are open to see and hear something different from the ordinary. Tim Burton is pure genius and Johnny Depp amazing as ever!
However it may be no the best movie for people with a sensible stomach...
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The years have changed him 28 April 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Murder. Cannibalism. Death. Obsession. Revenge. Blood. Goth makeup. And lots of razors -- "at last, my arm is complete again!" Sweeney Todd exults.

Somehow it doesn't come as a shock to me that Tim Burton adapted Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" -- or that he somehow spun it into something so delicious. That dark, grotesque, hilariously melodramatic story is perfectly suited to Burton's style, and Johnny Depp is absolutely stunning as the titular bloody barber.

The malignant Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) lusts after the wife of Benjamin Barker (Depp), so he convicts Barker of a crime he didn't commit, and enfolds his family into his evil hands.

But fifteen years later, the Barker returns to London and sets up a barber shop over Mrs. Lovett's ghastly meat pie store. Of course, he's enraged when he learns that his wife was raped and since poisoned herself, and that his daughter is the ward of the lecherous Judge. Enraged and maddened, Barker renames himself "Sweeney Todd" and vows revenge.

And he finds that he LOVES using his razors for a far bloodier task than shaving. With the help of Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) -- who finds a thrifty use for those bodies -- Todd cuts a bloody swathe through all who have wronged him. And when his daughter is punished for refusing to marry the cruel Judge, Sweeney closes in to get his revenge at last.

There's always been a gothic look to Burton's movies, and he's always dabbled in very twisted, macabre storylines. And he really tops himself with "Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" -- London is painted in black, white and grey, right down to the ghoulish faces of the characters, and their bleak little dens of horror.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good surprise!! 2 April 2008
By R. King
Format:DVD
I was really not expecting much from this film when i found out it was a musical, despite the all-star cast, but i have to say that i found myself thoroughly entertained all the way through! The gore didn't bother me as i'm a fan of horror but some people may find it off-putting, but the plot is well thought out and the acting (and singing!) is brilliant.
Really well worth watching.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars typical tim burton film... but with music 9 Oct 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street could split audiences like its title character splits jugular veins. Some could embrace Tim Burton's dark vision for the material. Others could have the opinion that the film continued Burton's descent into his own increasingly narrow world view, showcasing his reliance on the same collaborators (Depp and Helena Bonham Carter) and the same type of gnarled cityscapes and murky production values.

With the potential for such sharp disagreement about the quality of the film, a person's own Burton biases may help determine his or her feelings about it. So being a fan of Tim Burton, I would fall down on the side of the fence of liking it. However even though Depp and Bonham Carter hold their own on the singing, I have never been a fan of musicals, they make me cringe and take me out of the film, I'm sure I would be of a different opinion if people broke out in song on a regular basis in real life, but they don't. The dark style of the film did help to some what temper the ridicules plot device of singing to express thoughts and feelings, but I still can't help thinking that this would have been so much of a better film if it was "normal". But what is normal when Tim Burton is concerned?

What's beyond dispute is that Burton commits to grisly violence like never before. Even in a movie in which beheadings were the standard (such as Sleepy Hollow), there was never this much blood and this many dead bodies. Like almost everything else in the film, even the blood is some shade of brown or black. It's clearly a conscious effort on Burton's part to be so unrelentingly dreary, but it may turn off viewers seeking colour, which we get only during a day at the beach for Todd and Mrs. Lovett.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Burton Depp combo does it again! 2 Feb 2008
By Vittani
Format:DVD
Like many others this film first peaked my interest because it was a Tim Burton movie. Usually I hate horror films and dislike anything along those lines, mostly because they're too realistic and make me feel uneasy. So a film about a barber that slits peoples throats should be a complete turn off for me.

But having said that every film of Tim Burton's that i have seen, I have loved. From his recent forays into stop animation and his classics such as Edward Scissor Hands. So knowing this to be a Tim Burton film I had no doubt that I would like it.

But I didnt just like it. I loved it! I was singing the songs before the film even came out, so I had to stop myself from singing in the cinema and ruining everyones viewing.

I think when people think of musicals they think of over the top music and choreographed dancing. A lot of musicals do have that. But Sweeney Todd is different. The singing is understated and blends perfectly with the film. It views like real life, you know how some people will start singing under no matter where they are. It's like that, completely natural. And since the actors/actresses that were given the roles aren't trained singers it gives the songs a relatable quality lacking in most musicals.

It isn't like Phantom of the Opera where you've got to hit a high note to join in. You can be the worst singer in the world and not have a trouble singing along. Because of this theres an added innocense and sweetness to some of the scenes. Giving the actors more depth than the lines alone could accomplish.

The characters of Sweeney (Depp), Mrs Lovett (Carter)and Judge Turpin (Rickman) are good examples of this. Sweeney Todd is a man consumed by rage and vengeance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Love it!the DVD is in perfect condition and I would definitely recommend buying from this user. I will be using them again in future purchases
Published 3 days ago by shawna
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Damn Good!
Sweeney Todd is my favorite musical and Tim Burton transfers it to the screen with aplomb. It is visually gorgeous. Read more
Published 22 days ago by M. T. Mirabile
5.0 out of 5 stars RICH IN IMAGINATION, MELODY & GORE
"Leave memories of the stage musical outside the door." So advises composer and lyricist Steven Sondheim in one of Disc 2's very interesting bonuses. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Mr. D. L. Rees
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for teen age girls who like a bit of singing and gore
I absolutely love this film! I got it about three weeks ago and I haven't stopped watching it since! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maxine almond
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull and boring
Never quite got into this film, found the singing just dragged out the story line to make it even more tedious. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrea
3.0 out of 5 stars very good
I liked the film, and I thought the movie as a whole was in good quality, so that's why its 3 stars.
Published 1 month ago by grace
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love love
amazing cast
amazing stylisitcally - of course it would be...it's Tim Burton. All the cast are fantastic for the characters. My favourite musical ever.
Published 2 months ago by eva woodstock
5.0 out of 5 stars JD + HBC - unbeatable combo
When Tim Burton, Jonny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter get together, you can't go wrong. Fans of dark, gothicy stuff will love this.
Published 3 months ago by Midville
5.0 out of 5 stars Mischief, mischief....
Benjamin Barker is married to Lucy and they have a child, Johanna. The beauty of Lucy attracts the attention of the corrupt Judge Turpin, who falsely accuses the barber of a crime... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tim Burton great.
Chose this DVD because am an avid Tim Burton fan. Love his films.
A classic story with great acting from Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maureen Marston
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