Ed Wood [DVD] 
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Tim Burton directs the story of one of Hollywood's worst film directors, Ed Wood. Setting up shop in Tinseltown with plenty of enthusiasm but no discernible talent, Wood (Johnny Depp) is undeterred when his debut feature, cross-dressing drama 'Glen or Glenda' (in which he also stars) is a flop. He goes on to make 'Bride of the Monster', also a commercial and creative disaster, with ailing horror star Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau), before embarking on his most grandiose scheme yet: 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'. Martin Landau won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the morphine-addicted Lugosi.
The significance of Ed Wood, both man and movie, on the career of Tim Burton cannot be emphasised enough. Here Burton regurgitates and pays homage to the influences of his youth, just as he would continue to do with Mars Attacks! and Sleepy Hollow. Everything is just right, from the decision to shoot in black and white, the performances of Johnny Depp (as Ed) and Martin Landau (as Bela Lugosi), the re-creation of 1950s Hollywood and the evocative score by Howard (Lord of the Rings) Shore. The plot struck a poignant familiar chord with Burton, who saw the relationship between the Ed and Lugosi mirroring his own with Vincent Price. Most importantly Burton responded to the story of the struggling, misunderstood artist. For all Burton's big-budget blockbusters (Batman, Planet of the Apes), he still somehow retains the mantle of the kooky niche director. And in the mid-90s, this film actually represented the last vestiges of his independent film production. Fans can only hope he'll soon return to those roots soon.
On the DVD: Ed Wood on disc has a good group commentary in which Burton is interviewed rather than expected to hold forth on his own, making his insights alongside the screenwriters, Landau, and various production heads very worthwhile. Also worthy are the featurettes on Landau's Oscar-winning make-up, the FX and the Theremin instrument employed in the score. Best of all is an extremely exotic Music Video based on that score. This doesn't seem to be a new transfer of the film, but in black and white you're less likely to notice. --Paul TonksSee all Product Description
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Tim Burton directs the film and yet again he gets it spot on. Burton draws from classic horror films such as the Hammer Horror productions with great effect. The fact that the film is black and white provides moments of extreme noir a la Werner Herzog, while at the same time creating some crisp cinematography. In one particular scene Bela Lugosi casts a long, large shadow across the wall when putting on his cape, beautifully echoing a classic convention used in many a Dracula movie.
Ed Wood is funny, sad and heart warming. It's a film which provides genuine entertainment from start to finish. If your looking for something different then you have found it.
If you like slightly oddball films or are always wanting to see something different rather than the typcial blockbuster movie then this might be worth your while. It is interesting and funny and it is refreshing to see a film so unique as this. The acting is fantastic and you may recognise quite a few faces (Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker and Bill Murray amoung them). I saw this film because i am an admirer of Depps work and was not disappointed.
Experience Tim Burton’s acclaimed, true-life story of the wackiest filmmaker in Hollywood history, ‘ED WOOD’ for the first time on Blu-ray and complete with an all-new digital restoration, featuring enhanced picture and sound. Celebrated actor Johnny Depp stars as the high-spirited director who never let terrible reviews or hostile studio executives derailed his big-screen dreams. With an oddball collection of showbiz misfits, Edward D. Wood Jr. takes the art of bad moviemaking to an all-time low!
Bill Murray, Sarah Jessica Parker and Academy Award winner Martin Landau [Best Supporting Actor, 1994, ‘ED WOOD’] are hilarious in this warm and witty comedy. Relive every madcap moment like never before on Blu-ray!
FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: Academy Awards®: Win: Best Supporting Actor for Martin Landau. Win: Best Make-up for Rick Baker (who designed Landau's prosthetic makeup), Ve Neill and Yolanda Toussieng. According to Bela G. (his son), Forrest Ackerman, Dolores Fuller and Richard Sheffield, the film's portrayal of Lugosi is inaccurate: In real life, he never used profanity, owned small dogs, or slept in coffins. And contrary to this film, Bela Lugosi did not struggle performing on ‘The Red Skelton Show.’ The scenes of Bela Lugosi used for ‘Plan 9 from Outer Space’ were not filmed outside Bela Lugosi own house, as the film depicts. They were, in fact, filmed outside Tor Johnson's house. Additionally, Bela Lugosi was not prone to fits of swearing, particularly in front of women and did not perform his own water stunt in ‘Bride of the Monster.’ Bela Lugosi is also depicted as dying alone and miserable.Read more ›
Call it irony, but Tim Burton assembled a fine cast of character actors and made a film about the worst director of all time and in the process spent more money than Ed Wood could ever dream of. Like Dolly Parton once said, "it costs a lot of money to look this cheap". Say what you want about Ed Wood, but 50 years after his monstrosities were produced, people are still watching them. I doubt you could guarantee this longevity for The Hobbit or any of the current 40 million films that star Benadryl Cabbagepatch.
Martin Landau carried away an Academy Award, as Best Supporting Actor, as did Rick Baker for his make up effects, but, even with these selling points, audiences never gave it a chance, which is a real shame because the movie needs to be seen to be believed, and for all aspiring or struggling filmmakers out there you will find many familiar problems between yourselves and Mr. Wood, regardless of your talent.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fun and engaging biopic about a man with a passion and a total commitment to his artistic vision, that includes a giant octopus and an old Hungarian rolling around in a puddle in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Harrison
Vastly underrated semi biopic of the director of Glen or Glenda. The whole cast are brilliant and Tim Burton has never been better. Read morePublished 1 month ago by N. M. Fletcher
It's alright,better than what I thought,everyone hams up their characters for that time well and matey who plays Bela Lugosi,brilliant!Published 4 months ago by Curly
One of the best movies made, explaining Ed Wood's reason d'etre. Perhaps a little too much emphasis on the cross dressing and not enough on his alcoholism which was the real reason... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cashpot