Candyman - Special Edition

Candyman - Special Edition

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Director: Bernard Rose

Cast: Bernard Rose, Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley

     
 

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Clive Barker's highly underrated spook-house horror pic Candyman comes home to DVD in a packed Special Edition that's sure to get the juices flowing for fright fans everywhere. Updating the film's previous 1998 bare-bones release, Columbia TriStar pulls out the blood-red carpet for the flick this time, loading it with all the hot stuff you've come to expect.

Overview

Clive Barker's highly underrated spook-house horror pic Candyman comes home to DVD in a packed Special Edition that's sure to get the juices flowing for fright fans everywhere. Updating the film's previous 1998 bare-bones release, Columbia TriStar pulls out the blood-red carpet for the flick this time, loading it with all the hot stuff you've come to expect. Presented with a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen image, the picture complements the film well, though the lone Dolby Digital Surround leaves a lot to be desired, especially considering how other less-regarded horror fare come standard with 5.1 tracks at the time of this release (New Line's release of The Mangler, anyone?). Audio gripes aside, the rest of the disc is where the DVD really shines, starting off with a commentary from director Bernard Rose, writer Clive Barker, producer Alan Poul, and actors Virginia Madsen, Kasi Lemmons, and the Candyman himself, Tony Todd. While cut-and-paste tracks aren't usually the kind to write home about, this one delivers a rock-steady commentary out of many separate tracks that, while not exactly scene-specific, does have some fine information on the production and the extreme lengths the filmmakers went to during the shoot (including hypnotizing star Madsen for most of the film!). Those who haven't caught up with Clive Barker are also in for a big surprise -- it seems the years of cigar smoking have finally caught up with him in a big way, which you'll discover even more in his ten-minute "Raising Hell" featurette. Looking like he has rapidly aged, with a gravel-filled voice that now sounds like one of his horrific creations, Barker is quite jarring to listen to as well as to look at. "Raising Hell" features the scribe looking back at his career, with lengthy time dedicated to his early days in the theater leading up to his time behind the camera with Hellraiser, Nightbreed, and Lord of Illusions. The 24-minute "Sweets to the Sweet: The Candyman Mythos" featurette is also included and delves far more into change of settings from Liverpool in the book to Chicago's Cabrini Green and how the race angle of the hooked killer changed once Tony Todd took on the part. With a collection of the director's storyboards and a few pretty lame previews for other horror projects, this DVD comes to a close. While the original theatrical trailer would have been a nice inclusion, as would have a more decent audio mix, this Special Edition serves its purpose and certainly gives viewers more Candyman than they had before, which is a good thing, just as long as you're not talking about the dreadful sequels.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Cavett Binion
Haunting, intelligent and poetic, Candyman's strength lies in its ability to deliver a powerful social message primarily through imagery (Helen's realization that each room in her ritzy high-rise is the "mirror image" of its counterpart in Cabrini Green is a telling example), while managing to deliver the horror goods with hair-raising suspense, graphic shocks, and a chillingly seductive yet painfully human monster -- all qualities which affirm Candyman as the finest Barker adaptation ever committed to film -- far superior to its disappointing sequel Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1994).

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/2004
UPC:
0043396039445
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
13,732

Special Features

Closed Caption; Filmmaker's commentary; "Clive Barker: Raising Hell" featurette; "Sweets to the Sweet: The Candyman Mythos" featurette; Bernard Rose storyboards; Bonus previews

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Virginia Madsen Helen Lyle
Tony Todd Candyman
Xander Berkeley Trevor Lyle
Kasi Lemmons Bernadette Walsh
Vanessa A. Williams Anne-Marie McCoy
DeJuan Guy Jake
Michael Culkin Purcell
Stanley de Santis Dr. Burke
Gilbert Lewis Detective Frank Valento
Mark Daniels Student
Carol Harris 2nd Orderly
Jason LaPadura Actor
Mika Quintard TV Reporter
Theodore Raimi Billy
Ria Pavia Monica
Lisa Ann Poggi Diane
Adam Philipson Danny
Eric Edwards Harold
Bernard Rose Archie Walsh
Kenneth A. Brown Castrated Boy
Terrence Riggins Gang Leader
Rusty Schwimmer Policewoman
Baxter Harris Detective
Doug MacHugh 1st Orderly
Diane Peterson Nurse
Fred Sanders Cop (uncredited)
Sarina Grant Kitty Culver

Technical Credits
Bernard Rose Director,Screenwriter
Clive Barker Executive Producer
Marty Bresin Special Effects
Michelle Buhler Makeup
Philip Glass Score Composer
Steve Golin Producer
Gregory Goodman Producer
Bob Keen Special Effects
David S. Lazan Art Director
Kathryn Peters Set Decoration/Design
Leonard Pollack Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Poul Producer
Dan Rae Editor
Anthony Richmond Cinematographer
Sigurjon Sighvatsson Producer
Jane Ann Stewart Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [2:38]
2. A True Story [6:18]
3. Kitty Culver [9:06]
4. Hassled [2:17]
5. Ruthie Jean's Apartment [1:42]
6. Looking Glass [2:40]
7. Anne-Marie [3:23]
8. Table Talk [3:51]
9. Jake [1:54]
10. Men's Room Tales [5:01]
11. Police Station [2:28]
12. Parking Garage [1:51]
13. Missing Baby [2:55]
14. Strip Search [1:17]
15. Visions [3:17]
16. "Be My Victim" [5:56]
17. Hooked [2:11]
18. In the Hospital [4:00]
19. Dr. Burke [2:30]
20. You're Mine Now [4:26]
21. Homecoming Surprise [3:00]
22. Candyman's Lair [4:44]
23. Completing the Deal [3:32]
24. "It Was Always You" [2:12]
25. The Pure [1:41]
26. Last-Minute Save [3:42]
27. Funeral [1:16]
28. Famous Last Words [6:50]

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Candyman - Special Edition 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very gory movie, but what else can be expected from Clive Barker? It was very well done, and Tony Todd plays the second (maybe third) creepiest horror villain of the 1990's(ranked behind Anthony Hopkins, probably about equal with Kevin Spacey).
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite horror movies. It's based on the short-story 'The Forbidden' by Clive Barker. Tony Todd plays one of horror's best villains.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thie movie still creeps me out after fifty viewings. The shocks and thrills are very real. One of the best horror films in recent year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was bored to death while watching this movie! Yeah there was a killer that killed people, but it didn't keep my attention. It wasn't what I expected it to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was in seventh grade when I saw this movie for the first time, and it really shocked me. It still gives me nightmares to this day. That crazy woman should have listened to those people who warned her about what Candyman does to whoever says his name five times while looking into a mirror. This film is definately not for the squeamish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
one day at my 12th b-day party...we rented this movie and my mom called on his name...and around 1 in the morning he came knocking and scrapping the door with his hook....then when we looked in the hallway of my apartment building it was filled with bees...now i never watch this movie alone...i still get in the shower with the curtains half-way open....