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Sleepy Hollow 1999

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:
Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci
Runtime:
1 hour, 45 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Thriller, Science Fiction, Horror
Director Tim Burton
Starring Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci
Supporting actors Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Casper Van Dien, Jeffrey Jones, Richard Griffiths, Ian McDiarmid, Michael Gough, Christopher Walken, Marc Pickering, Lisa Marie, Steven Waddington, Claire Skinner, Christopher Lee, Alun Armstrong, Mark Spalding, Jessica Oyelowo, Tony Maudsley, Peter Guinness
Studio StudioCanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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By CAPTAIN CLEGG TOP 500 REVIEWER 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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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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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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The combination of Messers Depp & Burton are right on target with this spook tale. Its a shame then about this Bluray! I felt slightly let down because the disc wanted me to configure both picture & sound? This is something I didn't do, on the understanding that I would be only doing this 'configuring' for this particular Bluray. Also the bluray carries no decent extras (not even the extras which appeared on the dvd are included) Sleepy Hollow is a good film, I love it. It has everything Johnny Depp, Headless horseman and a fantastic Gothic look. Excellent. My reason for buying the Bluray was the fact that my dvd would not play on my new Bluray Player (?) - well actually, not completely true, I could access the extras on my dvd but just could not access the main feature. I did 'Google' this as a question, only to find that other people were having the same problem. I can only assume that an Anniversary edition of Sleepy Hollow is due (or should be)
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