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Ed Wood (Special Edition)

Johnny Depp , Martin Landau , Stefan Czapsky , Tim Burton    R (Restricted)   DVD
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From Tim Burton, acclaimed director of BIG FISH, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, and BATMAN, and the producer of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, comes the hilarious, true-life story of the wackiest filmmaker in Hollywood history, Ed Wood! Johnny Depp (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, CHOCOLAT, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS) stars as the high-spirited movieman who refuses to let unfinished scenes, terrible reviews, and hostile studio executives derail his big-screen dreams. With an oddball collection of showbiz misfits, Ed takes the art of bad moviemaking to an all-time low! The all-star cast features Bill Murray (LOST IN TRANSLATION, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS), Sarah Jessica Parker (TV's SEX AND THE CITY), Patricia Arquette (STIGMATA, LITTLE NICKY), and an Academy Award(R)-winning performance by Martin Landau (Best Supporting Actor, 1994) as Bela Lugosi. Hailed by critics everywhere, this laugh-packed comedy hit is sure to entertain everyone!


Edward D. Wood Jr. was an actor writer-director-producer, occasionally in drag, who combined meager bursts of talent with an undying optimism to create some of the most bizarrely memorable "B" movies to ever come out of Tinseltown. Though Wood died in obscurity as an alcoholic in 1978, his films have been considered cult classics for years. He is consistently voted the worst director who ever lived. You would think this an odd subject, but director Tim Burton harnesses the undying hopefulness that made Wood such a character. Shot in black and white, just like Wood's creations, this stylized, witty production captures the poetic absurdity of Wood's films and his unconventional life. Burton's recreation of Wood's wonderfully awful Plan 9 from Outer Space looks much better than the original low-budget quickie. Burton tackled an extremely strange subject matter for a biopic, but Wood is presented as naive almost to the point of delusion, so the story works. The pace sags in the middle, as the weirdness starts to wear thin, but Depp proves himself an adroit actor, even while wearing angora and a blonde wig. Wood's unconventional repertoire company is faithfully reproduced, including an Academy Award-winning Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi. Landau is pathetic, droll, and charismatic as the elderly junkie who made his last screen appearances in Wood's films. --Rochelle O'Gorman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably Burton's Best Dec 18 2004
"Ed Wood," with the possible exception of "Batman," is Tim Burton's best film. It's a very funny chronicle of the life of the titular transvestite Z-grade film director, focusing on his films with Bela Lugosi ("Plan 9," "Bride of the Monster," "Glen or Glenda"). Johnny Depp is hilarious as Wood, and Martin Landau is absolutely astonishing as Bela Lugosi, who provides the emotional core that seperates this from most of Burton's work. In addition, the black and white photography is beautiful, and evokes the essence of the period in which Wood's awful movies were made.
This long-delayed DVD from Touchstone is in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The image is sharp with hardly any scratches. Sound is equally stellar, particularly in the opening credits.
Luckily, the disc is packed with extras. Most notable is a group commentary, in which Tim Burton and writers Scott Alexander and Larry Kareszewski (sic?) do most of the talking. Fans will also appreciate "Let's Shoot this F&%^&," a collection of behind-the-scenes footage hosted (rather campily) by Johnny Depp. Other featurettes are about the music, the production design, and the creation of Bela Lugosi (both with acting in makeup). There are five deleted scenes (and a hidden sixth one), one of which includes a cameo by longtime Ed Wood regular Paul Marco. A theatrical trailer and a memorable music video round out the extras.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Films You've Probably Never Seen June 8 2004
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Ed Wood (1924-1978) is generally regarded as the single worst film maker to emerge from Hollywood. This is not really true, for there were and are aplenty worse. But one thing has always set Wood above the pack, and that was his own unshakable faith in his talent. Unfortunately, the faith was misplaced and the talent was nonexistent--and although this Tim Burton film takes a slew of liberties with the facts of Wood's life and career, it does a remarkable job of capturing them as Wood likely saw them through the filter of his own outrageous ego.
The film has two tremendous assets: the performers and its visual style. Johnny Depp leads the cast in the title role, and it is a virtuoso performance, for he entices us to like a man whose self-blindness would normally lead an audience to reject him out of hand; the performance is incredibly witty, wildly over the top, and yet it contains just enough pathos to allow us to relate to Wood on a human level. But the real stunner in the cast is Martin Landau, who picked up a Best Supporting Academy Award for his performance as Bela Lugosi, a legendary actor who was very much a forgotten star (not to mention morphine addict) by the time Wood befriended him in the early 1950s.
As with Wood himself, the film plays fast and loose with the facts of Lugosi's life, but it nonetheless captures something very essential about both Lugosi and the Hollywood that destroyed him, something very elemental that transcends the weird comedy of the piece. And Landau gives the performance of his career; you truly believe that this is Lugosi before you, a strange but appealing mixture of faltering humanity and arrogance desperate for an audience now lost to him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Burton cares. March 19 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is Tim Burton saying that no matter how many people don't care about B-horror pictures, he does, and showing us that there can be poetry in them. "Ed Wood" is a bio-pic of real-life B-hollywood director Edward D Wood Jr, done in the style of one of his pictures - unexplained framing devices, like Criswell's introduction, noirish lighting for no apparent reason, and incidental performances by actors who look like they've just shown up and not been told what part they're supposed to be playing. These last, like the doctor in Lugosi's hospital, are provided for colour, but are an example of the balance struck in this picture. It has the expression of a comedy - yes, we're asked to laugh at Wood's haphazard way of making pictures, and we can laugh about how terrible the pictures are, but beneath the comedy a great truth is found, and a message Tim Burton is passionate about is expressed. The heart of Ed Wood is really in the character of "washed-up" Dracula star Bela Lugosi (played to a tee and rewarded with an Oscar, by Martin Landau).
Twenty years after Dracula, Lugosi's career was over. Nobody cared about him. It was like, as is Hollywood lore, you're only as good as the last thing you've done. And whatever classic roles or films you may have done, it all counts for nothing if you do a bad picture. This theme of the cruel way Hollywood forgets its greatest talents is also why the name Orson Welles keeps cropping up. Its not because Welles made pictures like Ed Wood's, its because, like with Lugosi, Welles's having made what is considered to be the greatest picture of all time, Citizen Kane, counted for nothing in Hollywood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have a copy that fell through the cracks Feb. 24 2004
Thanks to the thoughtfulness and tenacity of a friend, I have a copy that was put on a shelf and sold before the recall.
I have checked out everything but the commentary and there are no flaws, not even the menu problem mentioned by another reviewer.
Absent any statement from Buena Vista, we may as well conclude that they postoponed the release (again) until after the Academy Awards, hoping that Depp or Murray will win. Then they can change the packaging to reflect the Oscar victory and release it with fanfare.
Yet another predictably stupid marketing ploy. These middle management stiffs have to impose a lame idea on everything; They are only alienating the viewers who really want this disc; as for the potential sales boost from a Depp or Murray Oscar victory, do they think that those buyers would be less likely to purchase it because it's already been out for a month?
The disc is first rate, with the kind of substantial deleted scenes that pursue plot threads further and are therefore of interest to any fan. The featurettes are all solid. Thanks to the reviewer who pointed out the "easter egg" additional deleted scene.
Hope they release it promptly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny
A truly inspiring story of perseverance and the special features with Vampira dancing and the commentary were very nice too. A great special edition for a great film.
Published 2 months ago by Liam
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie ......
I think that this movie really caught the essence of Ed Wood. His peculiar habits and mannerisms, his somewhat strange relationships and his movies. Read more
Published 5 months ago by JT
5.0 out of 5 stars Cut! That was perfect!
Ed Wood is a fascinating figure -- he made several low-budget movies that have become cult classics, despite having no talent or understanding of how to make a movie. Read more
Published 8 months ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Burton's best!
After Batman Returns, Burton brought Ed Wood back from the dead and gave him a semi-fictional biopic which, to be honest, is fun. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Simon Bergeron
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad i bought it
I bought this as a gift for my niece and it came earlier than promised and in great shape and she loved it. Made me look good!
Published 12 months ago by lia
5.0 out of 5 stars "This story's gonna grab people."
Johnny Depp stars as Ed Wood, arguably the worst movie director of all time, in this amusing and at times, touching story of Ed's career in the fifties. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2011 by Kona
4.0 out of 5 stars Burton and Depp's best.
Very funny look at the life of Edward D. Wood Jr(played by Johnny Depp)This movie got me more interested in Ed Wood as well as Depp. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2009 by Richard Mather
2.0 out of 5 stars wat happened johnny
this is prolly one of the worst movies i've ever seen. it's super draggy and the plot kind of goes around in circles the only reason i bought it was because it has johnny depp in... Read more
Published on March 4 2007 by Ian Milne
4.0 out of 5 stars A future release for you...in the future
Wow, I only now (3/7/4) read that the Ed Wood DVD was recalled. Fortunately, my copy had already been shipped to me :-)
I did not notice any technical problems playing the... Read more
Published on March 7 2004 by K. Gittins
5.0 out of 5 stars Lets buy the f@#$@%!!!!!!!
I have a copy so listen up. I still think this was a mistake for me to buy except for the fact that I could sell this on ebay. Read more
Published on March 5 2004 by newfound32
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