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Ed Wood [DVD] [1995] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000VD04M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,954 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Edward D. Wood Jr was an actor writer-director-producer, occasionally in drag, who combined meagre bursts of talent with an undying optimism, enabling him to create some of the most bizarrely memorable "B" movies to ever come out of Tinseltown. Though Wood died in obscurity as an alcoholic in 1978, his films have been considered cult classics for years. He is consistently voted the worst director who ever lived. You would think this an odd subject, but director Tim Burton harnesses the hopefulness that made Wood such a character. Shot in black and white, just like Wood's creations, this stylised, witty production captures the poetic absurdity of Wood's films and his unconventional life. Burton's recreation of Wood's wonderfully awful Plan 9 from Outer Space looks much better than the original low-budget quickie. Burton tackled an extremely strange subject matter for a biopic, but Wood is presented as naive almost to the point of delusion, so the story works. The pace sags in the middle, as the weirdness starts to wear thin, but Depp proves himself an adroit actor, even while wearing angora and a blonde wig. Wood's unconventional repertoire company is faithfully reproduced, including an Academy Award-winning Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi. Landau is pathetic, droll and charismatic as the elderly junkie who made his last screen appearances in Wood's films. --Rochelle O'Gorman --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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By A Customer on 5 July 2004
Format: DVD
"Ed Eood" is the true story of Hollywoods worst director, Edward D. Wood Jr. The plot centres around Ed's struggle to make succesful films, films which tell a story. Ed also likes to dress up in women's clothing. As funny as this may sound, Ed's cross dressing is strangely meloncholy. One feels genuinly sorrow for him because no one will accept him for who he is, not even his own wife. Despite poor reviews and his less than supportive wife, Ed remains passionate about his film making and never gives up, something which, at times, brings a tear to the eye.
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.
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By A Customer on 9 April 2004
Format: DVD
This black and white film potrays a true story about Ed Wood - who is said by many to be the worst director of all time. We follow Ed through part of his adult life while he is making films and dressing up in drag occasionally! Johnny Depp is excellent as the main character Ed. Ed Wood is optimistic and enthusiatic about film making and he is very likeable. We actually feel sorry for him as he is a good man and passionate about his work, although maybe not that good at it! He makes friends with ageing actor Bela Lugosi and he agrees to star in all Eds films.
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.
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ED WOOD [1994 / 2016] [Blu-ray] One Of The Year’s Funniest! Two Big Thumbs Up! Visions Are Worth Fighting For!

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.
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Original, sweet-tempered and enjoyable film, one of my favorites out of Burton's oeuvre. Ignored in life, mocked in death, Edward D. Wood Jr. was a real phenomenon in American cinema history, especially famous for his Z-budget filmmaking. Making a biopic about such a schlocky visionary reputed as the worst director of all-time is just a groovy idea, which only Tim Burton or Coen Brothers dare to do it.

Shot beautifully in moody black & white, the film centers on Wood's most "prolific" period, when he relentlessly churned out one movie after the next, from his 1953 beyond-awful debut "Glen or Glenda" to his "groundbreaking" 1959 sci/fi "Plan 9 From Outer Space". Paying a final tribute to this idiosyncratic director, Burton opts to portray Wood and his misfit menagerie in an overexaggeratedly sympathetic way, not to depict the darker side of his life. The film ends before his slide into porn, misery and alcoholism. The film charts Wood's tragi-comic career: his flagrant ineptitude as a writer, producer and director; his efforts to beat the bushes for cash; his indifferent, hyper-enthusiastic and over-optimistic disposition against all kinds of professional and personal setbacks; his sheer passion and child-like naiveté; his transvestite tendencies with a particular taste in fluffy Angora sweaters, blond wigs and high heels; and lastly his strange friendship with 70-year old sepulchral Hungarian actor Bela Lugosi.

The film is hilarious and witty from beginning to end, especially the recreation of certain scenes from Wood's original work (e.g. Lugosi's fight with a flaccid rubber octopus puppet and graveyard scene of "Plan 9 From Outer Space") are hysterically funny. But such a film desperately needs a some degree of gravity.
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