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Ed Wood (Special Edition)

Johnny Depp , Martin Landau , Stefan Czapsky , Tim Burton    R (Restricted)   DVD
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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

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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 Cut! That was perfect! Feb. 23 2014
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. He just loved film.

And director Tim Burton clearly has a lot of respect for that love. "Ed Wood" follows the director during the, um, best part of his career, as well as his friendship with the fallen horror actor Bela Lugosi. This is one of the best films that Burton has ever made -- a slightly cartoonish tale about an optimistic, energetic man who wouldn't let anything stand in his way.

When playwright Ed Wood Jr. (Johnny Depp) hears about a schlocky sex-change movie, he convinces a producer to let him direct the movie... because he's a transvestite. No, I don't quite understand the logic. Then he strikes up a friendship Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau), whose drug addictions have destroyed his career. But Wood blithely casts his idol in the movie, determined to give him the recognition he deserves.

After "Glen and Glenda" bombs, Wood starts searching for independent funding for his next movie, "Bride of the Atom" -- only to encounter a lot of personal and financial disasters, including being dumped by his girlfriend and Lugosi's suicidal depression.

The next movie -- initially called "Grave Robbers From Outer Space" -- seems to be going well at first, especially since Ed has found love with Kathy (Rosanna Arquette). But then things begin to spiral off into disaster when Ed must contend with a tragic death and recalcitrant Baptists who don't understand Wood's vision. Will this movie finally crush Ed Wood's spirit?
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Burton's best! Dec 21 2013
By Simon Bergeron TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
After Batman Returns, Burton brought Ed Wood back from the dead and gave him a semi-fictional biopic which, to be honest, is fun. funny at times, has great actors in amazing roles (Johnny Depp and Martin Landau). Burton's directing is second to none here, in what I consider to be one of his three best films (the other two being Batman Returns and Edward Scissorhands (Nightmare Before Christmas was directed by Henry Selick).

Shot in black and white, it is one of Burton's most auteur-ish pictures, with his entire cast playing outsiders trying to fit in, with edwoodian results. It didn't do much at the box office, but thank God for DVD and blu-ray, Ed Wood's ludicrous career can now be enjoyed at its fullest and best. Burton fans who don't know about this may very much want to join, since the film requires no knowledge of Wood's movies.

If you had the original DVD, all of the special features have been ported over, and even though they aren't too in-depth, they do mark serious scores for being very informative about the production, music, and more. (P.S.: Danny Elfman didn't score this one, Lord of the Rings' Howard Shore did, and it's perfect)

If you like BAD movies, if you enjoy Wood's productions, there's really nothing else to say but: welcome to Ed Wood Land :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glad i bought it Oct. 11 2013
By lia
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utter Brilliance!! Dec 10 2002
When I heard about this movie being made I thought 'are they nuts?'. Ed Wood NEVER made a good movie in his life, so how could they make a good movie about his life. Well, they did not make a good movie, they made a Brilliant movie. The writing, directing and acting are magnificent. This movie is a laugh riot, border line farce you would think, till you understand THAT WAS Wood!! Yet the movie mines deep pulling no punches, but at the same time reaching into your heart. Depp shows he is one of the best actors of today, Martin Landau demonstrate in his later years just was a true craftsman he is. His Lugosi is dead on target without being one thimble full of OTT. He is funny, sharp and makes you feel so much for the sad actor that faced this bitter end.
Just brilliant!!
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Films You've Probably Never Seen
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. Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by Gary F. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Burton cares.
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. Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Ben Parker
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
5.0 out of 5 stars I have a copy that fell through the cracks
Thanks to the thoughtfulness and tenacity of a friend, I have a copy that was put on a shelf and sold before the recall. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by Matthew V Messina
5.0 out of 5 stars WHERE IS IT??
Tim Burton's masterpiece Ed Wood was to be released on February 10th, chock full of special features including commentary. My question is: WHERE IS IT?? Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2004 by Benjamin Wink
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