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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Set in an imaginative world that only Tim Burton and Johnny Depp could capture, Sweeney Todd has been hailed as a masterpiece by critics and audiences everywhere. Supported by a stellar cast including Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. Depp's "spellbinding" (NY Magazine) performance as Sweeney brilliantly elevates Burton's dark vision of a wronged man obsessed with revenge. Sweeney Todd is "mighty entertainment" (NY Post~~) that will win your heart with a vengeance.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Todd's tonsorial tragicomedy Feb. 22 2008
By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
There was a young barber who loved his fine wife
His wife and his daughter - well, they were his life
`til one day fair Lucy, Judge Turpin espied
And vowed he would take her and make her his bride

He called up the Beadle, and trumped up a charge
Sent him to Australia on a prison barge
But fifteen years later the barber returned
With revenge in his heart, `cos he really got burned

He found Nellie Lovett, a baker of pies
Who was running real low on her filling supplies
Before long the duo were rolling in dough
He cutting on top, and she cooking below

One day as he practiced tonsorial slaughter
He learned of the fate of his beautiful daughter
He worked out a plan and then stood by his chair
And waited for those who'd wronged him to appear

This movie sure rocks, but it's not for the weak
As blood spurts and gushes, and arteries leak
The Director's amazing, the screenplay surreal
It'll make you think twice on the whole meat pie deal

Cohen, Bonham-Carter and Spall add some zing
While Snape and Jack Sparrow prove that they can sing
This tale of the barber, the baker and judge
Should give the careers of the actors a nudge

I watched it in awe as the ending drew near
And I said "This is my movie choice for the year"
I might be quite biased, I love Johnny Depp
But I give it 5 stars, and a resounding YEP!!!

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS)

1. Don't mess with a guy who wields a razor
2. Revenge is meat
3. There'll be pie from the sky when you die
4. What goes around comes around

Amanda Richards
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The years have changed him Feb. 23 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Murder. Cannibalism. Death. Obsession. Revenge. Blood. Goth makeup. And lots of razors -- "at last, my arm is complete again!" Sweeney Todd exults.

Somehow it doesn't come as a shock to me that Tim Burton adapted Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" -- or that he somehow spun it into something so delicious. That dark, grotesque, hilariously melodramatic story is perfectly suited to Burton's style, and Johnny Depp is absolutely stunning as the titular bloody barber.

The malignant Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) lusts after the wife of Benjamin Barker (Depp), so he convicts Barker of a crime he didn't commit, and enfolds his family into his evil hands.

But fifteen years later, the Barker returns to London and sets up a barber shop over Mrs. Lovett's ghastly meat pie store. Of course, he's enraged when he learns that his wife was raped and since poisoned herself, and that his daughter is the ward of the lecherous Judge. Enraged and maddened, Barker renames himself "Sweeney Todd" and vows revenge.

And he finds that he LOVES using his razors for a far bloodier task than shaving. With the help of Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) -- who finds a thrifty use for those bodies -- Todd cuts a bloody swathe through all who have wronged him. And when his daughter is punished for refusing to marry the cruel Judge, Sweeney closes in to get his revenge at last.

There's always been a gothic look to Burton's movies, and he's always dabbled in very twisted, macabre storylines. And he really tops himself with "Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" -- London is painted in black, white and grey, right down to the ghoulish faces of the characters, and their bleak little dens of horror.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray Version is Great April 5 2014
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I had the DVD since it first came out in 2007. Being a Johnny Depp fan I had to buy the Blu-ray version and it is superb quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Johnny Depp ! Nov. 7 2013
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This is quite a departure for Johnny Depp fans...who knew he could sing ??
While quite gory in parts, this movie is captivating, and the actors keep you interested to see where the story is going. It's important to watch this from start to finish without interruption, if possible, otherwise the intensity can be lost.
I would recommend this movie to adults, as children may be scared.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie! Oct. 16 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
It is a Musical, but also a thriller..Johnny Depp is a great actor so he really makes this movie awesome :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent July 1 2013
By NKS
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Very well done. Classic Tim Burton, if you like macabre and gory this is the movie for you. Wonderful supporting cast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! Feb. 1 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love this movie! It's not for everyone, and it is a musical but all in all I think it's a very interesting film!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The years have changed him March 3 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Murder. Cannibalism. Death. Obsession. Revenge. Blood. Goth makeup. And lots of razors -- "at last, my arm is complete again!" Sweeney Todd exults.

Somehow it doesn't come as a shock to me that Tim Burton adapted Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" -- or that he somehow spun it into something so delicious. That dark, grotesque, hilariously melodramatic story is perfectly suited to Burton's style, and Johnny Depp is absolutely stunning as the titular bloody barber.

The malignant Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) lusts after the wife of Benjamin Barker (Depp), so he convicts Barker of a crime he didn't commit, and enfolds his family into his evil hands.

But fifteen years later, the Barker returns to London and sets up a barber shop over Mrs. Lovett's ghastly meat pie store. Of course, he's enraged when he learns that his wife was raped and since poisoned herself, and that his daughter is the ward of the lecherous Judge. Enraged and maddened, Barker renames himself "Sweeney Todd" and vows revenge.

And he finds that he LOVES using his razors for a far bloodier task than shaving. With the help of Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) -- who finds a thrifty use for those bodies -- Todd cuts a bloody swathe through all who have wronged him. And when his daughter is punished for refusing to marry the cruel Judge, Sweeney closes in to get his revenge at last.

There's always been a gothic look to Burton's movies, and he's always dabbled in very twisted, macabre storylines. And he really tops himself with "Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" -- London is painted in black, white and grey, right down to the ghoulish faces of the characters, and their bleak little dens of horror.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Musical?
I had no idea it was a musical. Borrowed it from the library. I did not enjoy it. Maybe it has something to do with me disliking musicals altogether.
Published 14 months ago by Sassy Lass
5.0 out of 5 stars He Can Guarantee The Closest Shave You'll Ever Know
A tormented barber who is unjustly accused by a corrupt judge of a crime he did not commit returns once again to London. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2012 by VictorianViolin
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
I loved this movie a lot! The cast was amazing! (Even though it was a Harry Potter Reunion :P ) When you buy a musical movie about a serial killer starring Johnny Depp and Helena... Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2011 by cullen
4.0 out of 5 stars As expected!
One of Burton's masterpieces, I was rather thriller to watch it on my new plasma screen over the holidays.

The quality was as expected, ASTOUNDING!
Published on Jan. 17 2011 by sam
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!
Sweeney todd, is the most amazing 2 disk special edition dvd i have ever bought and i got it really quickly :)
Published on June 10 2010 by toddtweaker
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
Having been framed for a crime he did not commit fifteen years earlier, Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp) returns to Victorian London to exact his revenge. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2008 by Greg Curtis
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I'm a big fan of Tim Burton. The images in this movie are beautiful but the songs are a real torture! Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2008 by Lasse Paetzold
5.0 out of 5 stars The years have changed him
Murder. Cannibalism. Death. Obsession. Revenge. Blood. Goth makeup. And lots of razors -- "at last, my arm is complete again!" Sweeney Todd exults. Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2008 by E. A Solinas
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