- Actors: Tod Slaughter, John Singer, Eve Lister
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Odeon Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 23 Oct. 2006
- Run Time: 70 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000F9RAB8
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,366 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Sweeney Todd - Demon Barber Of Fleet Street  [DVD]
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Tod Slaughter stars as a Fleet Street barber who amasses a tidy fortune by cutting sailors throats and disposing of their bodies in...homemade meat pies. All goes well until he falls in love with a young woman and excites the jealousy of his elderly female accomplice.
This film contains a quintessential eye-rolling performance by Britain s master of grand-guignol (Maltin). ***Quinlan s *** --Radio Times
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Slaughter pretty much chews the scenery delivering his best, over-the-top, villainous performance; the plot is largely based on the first stage-play versions of the tale and is subsequently set in the 1830`s with some embellishments to enable a romantic sub-plot involving a heroic sailor and a rich merchant's daughter – the object of Todd's nefarious scheming – when he isn't “polishing off “ his victims.
The transfer is pretty decent for a film of this age; the picture has a fair degree of blemishes, graininess and variable tone, while the sound quality is a bit hissy and weak, but it is quite acceptable – probably the best one can expect without extensive restoration.
The film is presented in 4:3 format with a run-time of 65 minutes; there are no subtitles and the only extras on the DVD is a trailer reel for other Odeon Best of British releases.
A minor classic of British cinema, certainly worth seeing and a welcome release on DVD.
Despite the distancing device of a prologue and epilogue in a modern barbers, the film holds up extremely well. The sailor's battle with the natives at Trader Patterson's shows the grasp of the film's budget exceeding its reach. But all the staples of Victorian melodrama are present - the villain, the hero and heroine, the older man (usually a disapproving Father of the heroine) and a comic couple. Modern day audiences may feel decidedly queasy about the film's maltreatment of Tobias Wragg. Threatened and intimidated by Todd, cheerfully guzzling down god-knows-what in Mrs Lovatt's pies and forced to wear the heroine's clothes - he must have grown into an adult certifiable for treatment. The ending is contrived with Johanna rushing - unconvincingly disguised as a boy - to Sweeney's barbershop and being left to perish in the flames as the villain covers his tracks. Even more unlikely is the way Sweeney stays to watch his emporium go up in flames instead of fleeing with his riches, then rushing in for an ill-advised fight with Jack Ingestre (who adopts a convincing Yorkshire accent for his farmer disguise). The tipping chair was adopted to prevent us actually seeing any throat slitting but it results in a suitably ironic finale as the unconscious Todd is despatched to the inferno below. There is now an official Tod Slaughter website so log on and lend your support to the greatest villain British acting ever produced
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