Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street DVD|
Based on the hit Broadway musical telling the tale of the infamous Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd (Johnny Depp), who sets up a barber shop in ye olde London town.from£1.99 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play The infamous story of Benjamin Barker aka Sweeney Todd who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant Mrs Lovett Based on the hit Broadway musical
Tim Burton's film version of the Stephen Sondheim musical starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Based on a 'penny dreadful' tale (which later became an urban myth) from the mid-19th Century, this musical tells the tale of Benjamin Barker (Depp), a barber who returns to London after spending years in exile for a crime he didn't commit. He soon discovers from pie-maker Mrs Lovett (Bonham Carter) that, in his absence, his wife has taken her own life and his daughter is now in the care of the man who had him sent away - the dastardly Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman). Seeking revenge and filled with a murderous rage, Barker sets up a barber's shop above Mrs Lovett's premises. Now calling himself Sweeney Todd, Barker kills off all his customers with a razor to the throat and sends their cadavers to the shop below to be used as a tasty new filling for Mrs Lovett's meat pies. What was once the worst pie shop in London quickly becomes one of the city's most popular eateries, but Barker won't be satisfied until he can lure Judge Turpin into the barber's chair...
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Tim Burton was on shaky ground for a while after the saccharine Big Fish and the disappointing Corpse Bride. But he's back on form with his adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's bloody musical, Sweeney Todd.
The gruesome tale of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street and his kind, but equally unhinged neighbour, Mrs Lovett, is told with all the macabre style you'd expect from Tim Burton. The fact that it's a musical is quickly forgotten as the film moves messily through murder, revenge and meat pies.
A pacey enjoyable tale of hatred, revenge and un-requited love, the bleak horrors of the Victorian penny dreadful are present throughout this schlocky slasher. And there's a distinct tone of melancholia in its excellent songs.
Johnny Depp, who has already won a Golden Globe for his part in Sweeney Todd, deals admirably with a role that's usually played by opera singers.
Helena Bonham Carter makes a perfect Mrs Lovett. Playing a twisted version of the corseted lady that plagued her early career, she shines as Todd's accomplice. Her beautifully light voice carries over Depp's - initially as the voice of reason and later as the voice of desperation.
Newcomer, Ed Sanders is excellent as the moral core of the piece, Toby.
Disappointingly, Sacha Baron Cohen is unfunny and underused as rival barber Signor Adolfo Pirelli.
Almost monotone, the striking mise-en-scene looks wonderful and becomes increasingly populated with pleasing dribbles, fountains and spurts of red, as Todd works his way, trance-like, through each victim.
Set designer Francesca Lo Schiavo and cinematographer Dariusz Wolski have captured Victorian London and briefly, the Victorian seaside, to full macabre effect. Burton fans will delight in the parallels between Todd's creepy attic residence and that of Edward Scissorhands.
Sweeney Todd is about man devouring man. However, Burton's idiosyncratic style means that you never quite loose sympathy with our anti-heroes, and despite themes of cannibalism, murder and revenge, it remains utterly enjoyable to the end.
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