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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones
  • Directors: Stefan Czapsky, Tim Burton
  • Writers: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Oct. 19 2004
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000VD04M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,067 in DVD (See Top 100 in 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 By J. Pinkerton Snoopington on Dec 18 2004
Format: DVD
"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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor on June 8 2004
Format: VHS Tape
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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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 23 2014
Format: DVD
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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By Simon Bergeron TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Dec 21 2013
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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