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Stunning transfer, somewhat lacking in special features
on 4 April 2013
I've hesitated about buying this Blu-ray release countless times in the past and until recently suddenly decided to invest in it.
Here is a brief overhaul.
I was dubious about picture quality and sound at first and could apprehend the possibility of significant grain (this being one of the earlier Blu-ray releases). However my first impression of the picture quality, seemed rather mediocre at first (essentially the opening scene), but as the film progressed the high quality image blew me away. It is consistently sharp throughout and the film being riddled with outlandish Tim Burton quirkiness, verve and creativity makes this a steal whatever the price. 'Edward Scissorhands' truly defines the standards of Blu-ray and it's novelties. If like me, you previously owned the VHS/DVD version, discard of that and buy this instead.
To note, this is the extended cut and to my knowledge the 'PG' version shown in the picture is non-existent. The '12' rated version is not really an 'extended cut' per say, it's the original cut that was initially pre-cut by the BBFC to remove Anthony Michael Hall's lingering relentless beatings upon poor Edward to a pulp in the infamous climatic scene. I reckon the BBFC were cautious about younger children being exposed to this hard hitting scene (if you'd excuse the pun). So endure, in all it's (mildly) gory glory!
As a plus this release offers a limited range of special features. It features a brief glimpse of footage from the cast prior to the film's release which is relatively endearing, several trailers presented in HD, and a Tim Burton audio commentary track. Which I haven't as of yet listened to in full due to how it's constructed, rather poorly if anything. The formation of this commentary is in the style of an audio bite, as it persistently cuts out (presumably due to Burton's umming and erring) which annoyed me to some extent. It's a no wonder his memories of making the film are absent, his career has certainly rocketed since then. Hats off to him.
Film: 5/5 - one of my all-time favourite Tim Burton compositions. This modern classic surely moves along with the times effortlessly. If you've enjoyed either one or more of the following; Beetlejuice, A Nightmare Before Christmas, Mars Attacks, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this is destined to appeal to you.
Picture quality: 5/5 - as aforementioned, the picture quality is very sharp and sublime. The characters are very distinguished from the background elements and the ever so vivid and delightfully distinctive rich colours in the neighbourhood scenes look great.
Audio quality: 4/5 - the soundtrack (notably Danny Elfman's 'Ice Dance') is executed almost flawlessly. I can't say five for sure, as I only have integrated speakers for my television, thus inhibiting it from it's full potential.
Special Features: 3/5 - personally I would've preferred some input from Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder despite the stingy featurette provided. Perhaps this release could've benefited by a 20th anniversary edition, which could've included a reunion with the cast. Then again 20th Century Fox, being the tight-fisted tyrants they are, need an incentive to do anything nowadays.
One minor nit-pick dispute I have is with the menu design. It could do with being perhaps a little more ideal. In order to access the menu and play the special features, you have to leave the film running until you've came to a conclusion.
Overall a great Blu-ray, if like me you loved the film in standard definition, you'll love it even more so in High-Definition. Get yourself a copy and embrace the desirable brilliance that is 'Edward Scissorhands'.