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Tim Burton's Corpse Bride [HD DVD]


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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman, Paul Whitehouse
  • Directors: Mike Johnson, Tim Burton
  • Writers: Tim Burton, Carlos Grangel, Caroline Thompson, John August, Pamela Pettler
  • Producers: Allison Abbate
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Warner
  • Release Date: Oct. 17 2006
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I2JKEM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,607 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 3 2007
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deppian on May 23 2007
Format: DVD
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.

Johnny Depp brilliantly provides his voice for the shy, timid and not-so-talkative Victor, who is soon to marry the beautiful Victoria (Emily Watson). However, poor Victor messes up his vows during rehearsal and ends up feeling terrible. In an eerie wood- full of thin, creepy trees -Victor tries to comfort himself. Determined to get his vows of love right, he goes over them alone and puts the ring on a twig for complete effect.

Now, I ask you, was it the poor guy's fault the twig turned out to be a dead girl's finger?? And yes, that's where the story develops since this 'corpse bride' is taking this 'marriage' very seriously. I don't blame her either since he's got Johnny Depp's voice. Just kidding.

The movie is then all about what Victor will do with the choice he is faced with -- Does he go back to Victoria and ignore his 'corpse bride'? OR Does he stay with his loving dead wife who comes with a free maggot in her eye?

The ending is very sweet, although sad. Its weird how the movie makes you feel so sorry for the Corpse Bride and at the same time want you to see Victor and Victoria together. The movie is a classic Tim Burton with quite a lively world full of dead and cutely formed characters. It is a classic Johnny Depp even though all you get from him is his voice -- he's all magic anyway. Its a wonderful movie for emotional and sensitive teens rather than little frolicky preschoolers, that's for sure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 22 2007
Format: Blu-ray
Tim Burton has become reknowned for his movies about the weird, the macabre, and the very funny. And his new stop-animated masterpiece "Corpse Bride," a host of bizarre characters and a bittersweet love triangle, has all three qualities.

This is an "underground" film in the best sense of the word. It gives you the sort of feeling that really expert haunted houses do -- you're enjoying the ghouls and skeletons too much to care who it's aimed at.

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 story. But it's the delivery that's charming, from the funny dialogue ("Play dead!") to the colorful inhabitants of the underworld (like the pirate, or the intimidating minister).
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