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Ed Wood DVD


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 Tonks

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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 stranger-than-fiction true story of the early career of Edward D Wood Jr the undisputed &39;worst movie maker of all time&39;

  • Average Rating for Ed Wood [1994] - 4 out of 5

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  • Ed Wood [1994]
    Duncan Skinner

    Edward D. Wood Jr - the transvestite film director who made such utterly abominable classics as 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'; the man with a legendary fetish for angora sweaters; the man who could always be relied upon to produce work of the lowest order... The man was a true artist, a true original - committed to his work... his vision, and totally oblivious to the fact that everything he touched turned to raw sewage.
    Who else but Tim Burton would make a biopic about such a guy (he"s completely obsessed with misfits, be they 'Batman', 'Edward Scissorhands' or even Pee Wee Herman), and 'Ed Wood' is another genuine labour of love.
    Filmed (as the covers of those VHS re-release of Wood"s films say) in "original black & white", this is occasionally liberal with the truth in order to create an almost mythical quality, with Wood"s relationship with ailing horror star Bela Lugosi providing much of the focus. The essentially tragic tale is, for the main, as upbeat as they come. This is due mainly to Johnny Depp"s infectiously optimistic turn as Hollywood"s greatest curiosity - his is a superb performance, as is that of Martin Landau, whose portrayal of Lugosi won him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. These two don"t reap all the glory however, as Wood"s clique - a delightful array of oddballs and freaks - is continually in the picture, and they"re fleshed-out by some of the world's top talent, making up an enviable ensemble.
    And so filmdom"s strangest story has finally been told, and in the finest manner possible. It"s a sensitive and screamingly funny affair - very culty, though anything but exclusive, and guaranteed to win over each and every viewer. If you"ve not had the pleasure of witnessing Wood"s films, you"ll certainly be hunting them down after this.
    It's presented here in a lovely anamorphic transfer and colourised (JUST KIDDING!!) There's a must-hear comm-track (by director Tim Burton, writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, cinematographer Stefan Czapsky, costume designer Colleen Atwood and actor Martin Landau... PHEW!!), a fistful of featurettes, AND a music video, AND the trailer, AND it's a brilliant film regardless of the trimmings, so... BUY!!!!!!!!!

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