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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street [Unknown Binding]

Johnny Depp , Tim Burton
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1 April 2008
Johnny Depp and Tim Burton join forces again in a big-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical thriller "Sweeney Todd".Depp stars as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, joined by Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney's amorous accomplice, who creates diabolical meat pies...The cast also includes Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall and Sacha Baron Cohen.Produced in close co-operation with Tim Burton and the production team, this lavish, full colour hardcover official companion volume to the film will include a Foreword by Tim Burton, over 200 photos, concept drawings and production designs, extracts from the screenplay and interviews with the cast and crew.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Paramount Home Video (1 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 5557454543
  • ISBN-13: 978-5557454544
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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"I can't wait to see Depp's Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This is going to be classic!" - Harry Knowles, Ain't It Cool News" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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MARK SALISBURY is the former editor of Britain's top-selling movie magazine, Empire, and author of a number of movie books, often in collaboration with Tim Burton, including Planet of the Apes, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride: An Invitation to the Wedding and Burton on Burton. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An epic voyage in the poetry of razors 25 Jun 2012
That book is a marvellous treasure. It is dedicated to the film of Tim Burton and hence to Johnny Depp whose bleak and disquieting face is on the cover all surrounded by red and dry blood dark red brown. He is the man you just do not want to meet in a back alley in London or any other place in the world.

The book gives you explanations about the making of the film, the choosing criteria for the main actors and the supporting actors, the designing of the set and the costumes, in one word everything. If you like the film, if you like films in general, if you like the cinema, this book is absolutely indispensible.

But the book is essentially a picture book and there you will be lost in reverie and a dream-catcher's dreamscape, not even trying to relive the film, but thrown into it at once and soaked into it as long as you can take it, and I must say I turned the pages very slowly because that blood bath in that entirely fictional but fascinating universe is the source of the highest ever excitement and exhilaration leading to mental, physical and even erotic pleasure. It is not cathartic. It is absolutely real in your own mind and skull. You are holding the razors and committing rapture on these hate-inspiring criminal minded small social climbers that end up judge, priest, cop or whatever, guarding the doors of the aristocratic and financial temple.

But the book is even better because it provides us with large excerpts of the script, the dialogue, and the style of that dialogue is absolutely mesmerizing. Tim Burton is always making poetical films. But this one reaches the level of a poetic epic. Sweeney Todd is some kind of Robin Hood in the vestment of a social and moral Hercules.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good compliment to the film 18 Jun 2008
A well produced book to compliment the film. Excellent photographs and illustrations. Good detail. A worthy publication for anyone who enjoyed the film and would like a little more background knowledge about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 26 Feb 2014
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Item was as described, it arrived in good time and was well packaged.
I would recommend this to others who have an interest in the Sweeney Todd film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Salisbury's SWEENEY TODD is razor sharp 11 Dec 2007
By Novel Chatter - Published on Amazon.com
I was prepared to like Mark Salisbury's SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. I like the musical it was based on. I like Depp and Burton and Sondheim. What I wasn't prepared to do was love this book! Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton have teamed up again for this film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's acclaimed musical thrilled "Sweeney Todd." mark Salisbury's book is an in depth, informative chronicle of the making of the movie which opens here in the US this December. Mr. Salisbury's book never gets boring and the author never lectures the reader while sharing this book's story. Salisbury hit all the right notes when he wrote this companion book by layering the backstory of the legend of Sweeney Todd with the present day circumstances that put the players in the right spots at the right time to bring this version of SWEENEY TODD to the screen.

The well crafted book with 175 glossy, big pages with more than 200 photographs and illustrations and it is divided into two parts. Salisbury uses pictures and production artwork to tell the "making of" story in Part One, weaving in quotes from producer Richard Zanuck, director Tim Burton and cast members Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman as well as crew and other cast members to help the reader grasp the goings on behind the scenes. Salisbury was wise to also add his own first hand experiences while on the SWEENEY TODD set at Pinewood Studios to bring an overview of the different pieces that brought this musical thriller together. The author then has the reader "attend the tale of Sweeney Todd" in Part Two, by adding illustrations, production stills and sketches to text pieces from the script. This is no ordinary companion book, this is a companion book that brings humanity and heart to an often macabre, gruesome and bloody story. It's easy to see that this is a labor of love by the author.

Mark Salisbury is the former editor of Britain's "Empire" magazine and is the author of numerous movie books, many in collaboration with Tim Burton. Mr. Burton penned the forward to this book.

This is not your average glossy, trendy coffee table book. It's a must read for SWEENEY TODD fans, the fans of Stephen Sondheim, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. And it also serves as a wonderful invitation to those who've never met the demon barber of Fleet Street, to those who've never seen a musical and to those who've not yet seen the magic that Burton and Depp bring to a project, to get to know how a book can work hand in hand with a film. Mark Salisbury has written what I consider to be a Sweeney Todd primer. Get one for yourself and several as gifts. Neither Sweeney Todd nor Mark Salisbury will let you down.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High-Quality images make this book worth the price 28 Jun 2011
By JMM - Published on Amazon.com
I would recommend this book for any fan of the Sweeney Todd film.

For those interested in filmmaking, there is a lot of behind-the-scenes information about the production. Here are some of the topics included:
Finding Sweeney Todd - casting Johnny Depp and his take on the title role.
Finding Mrs. Lovett - Helena Bonham Carter and her acting process.
Finding the Look - costumes, makeup, camera tests
Finding a Supporting Cast - discussion about the supporting actors such as Alan Rickman and Sacha Baron Cohen
Making Music - writing the musical score for the film, and the actors talk about singing
No Place Like London - discussion of the sets and locations used

Of course, all of this is accompanied by gorgeous photos. There are plenty of photos of the stars and the director on set, as well as sketches and concept art. Plus there are still images taken directly from the movie. The images are striking, and fortunately there are plenty of them. I would call this more of an art book than anything else - the text is interesting, but it's the pictures that make this book worthwhile.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have 28 Dec 2007
By Mayrose - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great companion piece to the film. Lots and lots of behind the scenes photographs (which are beautiful), lots of pre-production stories of how the thing began, insight into the director's, actor's, and screenwriter's thoughts on character, staging, storyline. Comes with the complete script of the film.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 8 Feb 2008
By D. L. Journee - Published on Amazon.com
I saw the movie before I purchased the book. The book helped provide a lot of insight to the story. It was well written and the artwork was great. The artists explained where the inspiration for the looks of the characters came from and how they used color (or lack of it) as a important element in the movie. I really enjoyed the movie and I think this was one of the best movies of 2008. I also purchased the soundtrack from the movie and I will be purchasing the DVD when it is released. This book is a excellent companion piece to the movie and I highly recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie, Brilliant Director 28 Jan 2008
By C. Carney - Published on Amazon.com
This book is fantastic if you are looking for in-depth information on the Sweeney Todd movie. The book also includes some of lyrics to the songs, as well as some of the screenplay. Wonderful interviews with Burton, Bonham-Carter, and Depp. Also great pictures, and sketches. Book also includes the background history of the "real" Sweeney Todd. A number one book for me!!
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