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4.0 out of 5 stars A good, but not definite book on Burton, 12 Jan. 2004
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Geir Friestad "ilder" (Oslo, Norway) - See all my reviews
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This book by Smith and Matthews, while decidedly not the "ultimate Tim Burton-book" (that would still be Mark Salisbury's "Burton on Burton"), is still a rather impressive piece of work. The amount of research that has gone into it is certainly evident, resulting in comments and analyses of Burton's filmography that are sound and solid. The writing is also good, flowing well and providing for an easy and enjoyable read.
There are, however, a few, minor quibbles.
First of all, the authors appear rather too fixated on shooting down Ken Hanke, author of "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography". They never ever let a chance to put him down pass them by, and after a while it does get a bit tiresome. If criticizing other authors is so important, why not also dish out some to Helmut Merschmann, who, after all, offers up a plethora of wildly unfounded claims in his rather inept (and slim) view of Burton in "Tim Burton: The Life and Films of a Visionary Director"?
Secondly, the book could have benefitted from some more proofreading, as a few errors crept through. A few examples: Spider-Man is referred to as Spiderman, and that spooky-sounding classic instrument, the theremin, is consistently misspelled as "theramin."
Still, these are minor points. This is definitely a book worth getting for people interesting learning more about this exciting director. The entry on "Luau" alone marks this as a must-have for any Burton-fan. But get "Burton on Burton" first.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book, 21 Aug. 2002
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...This book is extremely well-researched and detailed, and if there's any factual errors I certainly didn't spot any.
As a long-time Burton fan I found this book extremely absorbing, it's definitely a must for any fan of the director's work. This detailed and comprehensive book shows a level of care and attention to detail sadly lacking in many film crit books, not to mention unearthing lots of previously unknown anecdotes and facts. Well worth it for Burton fans and film students alike. It looks like there's several books in this series, so on the strength of this I'm definitely going to have a look to see what other film books they've done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Footnotes and fancy-free, 21 Aug. 2002
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Surely the definitive book on Tim Burton. It's chock full of footnotes, it's got reviews of stuff of Burton's that most people think are just fan myths.
I'm a big fan of Burton and have been for years, but I learned a lot from this book. It passes the big test for books about cinema - it makes you want to rush back to your DVD collection to see the original films in a whole new light.
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