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Tim Burton's Corpse Bride [Blu-ray]

Johnny Depp , Helena Bonham Carter , Mike Johnson , Tim Burton    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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Who else but Tim Burton could make Corpse Bride, a necrophiliac's delight that's fun for the whole family? Returning to the richly imaginative realm of stop-motion animation (after previous successes with The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach), Burton, with codirector Mike Johnson, invites us to visit the dour, ashen, and drearily Victorian mansions of the living, where young Victor Van Dort (voiced by Johnny Depp) is bequeathed to wed the lovely Victoria (Emily Watson). But the wedding rehearsal goes sour and, in the kind of Goth-eerie forest that only exists in Burton-land, Victor suddenly finds himself accidentally married to the Corpse Bride (Helena Bonham Carter), a blue-tinted, half-skeletal beauty (how pleasantly full-bosomed she remains!) with a loquacious maggot installed behind one prone-to-popping eyeball. This being a Burton creation, the underworld of the dead is a lively and colorful place indeed, and Danny Elfman's songs and score make it even livelier, presenting Victor with quite a dilemma: Should he return above-ground to Victoria, or remain devoted to his corpse bride? At a brisk 76 minutes, Burton's graveyard whimsy (loosely based on a 19th century Russian folktale) never wears out its welcome, and the voice casting (which includes Tracey Ullman and Albert Finney) is superbly matched the film's gloriously amusing character design, guaranteed to yield a wealth of gruesome toys and action figures for many Halloweens to come. --Jeff Shannon

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5.0 out of 5 stars A dark masterpiece of Burton's unique imagination Sept. 4 2006
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Wouldn't it have been great to have been buddies with Tim Burton as a child? He must have been the coolest cat around, a genius with an imaginatively poetic attraction to the darker side of things. As a filmmaker, Burton's sort of an enigma to me. Just look at Corpse Bride. Apart from weird folks like myself, I don't see much of a target audience for this film. Children may well find the start of the film a little tedious, since nothing big happens for a while, and both the story and music seem to play more for adults. Sure, kids will find their fair share of laughs in the film and will surely enjoy the uniquely odd representations of Burton's characters, but issues of love, marriage, and death aren't exactly popular topics among the younger generation - and, truth be told, there's an element of sadness in the whole story, especially the ending. Yet Corpse Bride is an animated film, and animated films aren't known, as a general rule, for packing in adult crowds at the movie theater. Despite the absence of any obvious target audience, though, the film garnered many favorable reviews and more than paid for itself at the box office alone. I don't think there's another filmmaker out there that could do what Tim Burton does and be so extraordinarily successful at it.

I'm not sure it will be the very first word, but "unique" should certainly appear somewhere on Burton's future tombstone. While many a filmmaker never develops a style of his/her own, Burton is all but bursting with style. I love the Gothic, decidedly odd-shaped inhabitants of this fictional world - and I find it very interesting that he imparts color and life only to the world below, juxtaposing this with the dreary, colorless greys of life among the living.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure magic. June 21 2006
Any fan of Tim Burton's 'Nightmare Before Christmas' will love this film. It's a darkly gothic, yet beautiful love story about a young man, Victor who accidentally marries a corpse while practicing his wedding vows. His 'bride' Emily had been spurned by her lover in life, and is desperate to find love with her new groom, whilst the hapless Victor wants only to return to the land of the living and his beautiful fiancée, Victoria. Meanwhile the sinister Lord Barkis Bittern is determined to step into Victor's shoes and marry Victoria himself.

Filmed in stop/motion (like Nightmare) the film has a surreal but captivating air. The living world is colourless and dark whilst the land of the dead is a vibrant, lively place, full of music and colour...a nice twist on the usual view.

Tim Burton has once again teamed with Johnny Depp (the voice of Victor) and his real life partner Helena Bonham Carter (the corpse bride). He also uses the voices of other well-known talents such as Joanna Lumley, Richard E. Grant, Tracey Ullman, Christopher Lee and Jane Horrocks to name but a few. Danny Elfman composed the music for the movie and with his usual flair has matched the mood of the film perfectly.

The DVD has been well produced and there are several featurettes including a music only track, interviews with Tim Burton and Danny Elfman, production galleries, and a look at the actors performing their voice-overs. This is a quality film on a quality disc and well worth adding to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Burton does it again. Feb. 17 2006
Every single Tim burton movie is an absolute feast for the eyes, especially this one. Corpse bride is brilliant, the graphics are amazing and the characters are very well balanced & unique. This is probably my favourite Tim burton movie, especially since it is stop motion. Nightmare before christmas had a better story but this one is more accessible, simple and there is less singing. which is always good. I'd recommend this movie to any Tim burton fan. A must have if you like stop motion. Wonderfully pleasant to watch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ghoulfriend Aug. 3 2007
Tim Burton has become reknowned for his movies about the weird and the macabre. Sometimes weird, FUNNY and macabre.

And "Corpse Bride" has all three qualities, mixing in the bizarre and wacky with a bittersweet love story. It also has the sort of goofy ickiness that really expert haunted houses have -- you're enjoying the ghouls and skeletons too much to care who it's aimed at. This is an "underground" film in the best sense of the word.

Victor (Johnny Depp) is at the rehearsal for his arranged wedding, when he forgets his vows. Not a good omen. He runs out and rehearses it by himself, and ends up slipping the ring on the finger of a dead girl, Emily (Helena Bonham Carter). But Emily, who died tragically, falls in love with Victor and considers herself married to him.

Now Victor is trapped in the underworld, which is a surprisingly cheery, upbeat place when you consider everyone is dead. He tries to find his way back to the world of the living, but soon finds himself more drawn to the tragic Emily. Now he must make the ultimate choice: Will he return (for as long as he lives) to his arranged bride, or stay in the underworld with the Corpse Bride?

You'd think a movie about dead people would be depressing. At the very least, dark. But surprisingly "Corpse Bride" is neither -- instead, Burton has crafted a sweet, enchanting little love story where one of the people happens to be dead, and which is set in the underworld. There's nothing frightening about it. If anything, it's enchanting.

Is the plot original? Heck no -- boil it down, and you have a boy-meets-girl-while-engaged-to-another-girl story. But it's the delivery that's charming, from the funny dialogue ("Play dead!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Kids loved this movie. Came very fast
Published 1 month ago by marianne smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
One of my stepdaughter's favorite movies. She loves Tim Burton and we own quite a few of his movies. Lots of humorous scenes. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Wenona Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars one of Burton's best
Great movie - very enjoyable with highest quality animations. A perfect companion to the Nightmare Before Christmas.
Blue Ray or regular DVD...
Published 19 months ago by Norman Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed
Arrived in record time. The video was exactly what I wanted. Much easier than driving to a store to look for it!
Published 20 months ago by Catherine Munn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Blu-ray Pick
I made a great Blu-ray choice with Corpse Bride,It looks so wonderful on Blu-ray and on a big 55in LED TV...Thanks again for this wonderful choice...
Published on Nov. 2 2011 by Scott J
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Burton Classic
A must for either a Tim Burton fan or a Johnny Depp fan (or both!). Watching this movie is entertaining in many ways: the story, the dialogue, the voices, the Burton "quirkiness",... Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2011 by thaismomma
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a Chance
Tim Burtons "Corpse Bride"

I LOVE Tim Burton flicks. I've seen each and every one of his films time and time again. Read more
Published on July 25 2008 by Jamieson Villeneuve
4.0 out of 5 stars Magical story telling!
Just when I tought Tim Burton could not get any better... Well The corpse bride is just funny & absolutely silly! Read more
Published on July 21 2008 by Martine
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty well done stop motion animation film from Tim Burton
for the most par,i liked this stop motion animation film,directed and
produced by Tim Burton.he also produced The Nightmare Before Chtistmas
and James and the Giant... Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2007 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Depp and Burton Movie -- naturally
Ahh, another of my Depp faves...I watched this a quite a few months back, but the magic is not lost. Yes, all Depp movies cast a spell on me, but I really mean what i say. Read more
Published on May 23 2007 by Deppian
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