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Ed Wood
     

Ed Wood

4.8 15
Director: Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker

Cast: Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker

 

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Tim Burton's 1994 masterpiece Ed Wood comes to DVD in a Special Edition from Touchstone Home Entertainment. The cult classic is presented with a black-and-white widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is remixed in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound. Optional subtitles are available in English and Spanish.

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Tim Burton's 1994 masterpiece Ed Wood comes to DVD in a Special Edition from Touchstone Home Entertainment. The cult classic is presented with a black-and-white widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is remixed in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound. Optional subtitles are available in English and Spanish. An audio commentary track is provided by director Tim Burton, actor Martin Landau, co-writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, director of photography Stefan Czapsky, and costume designer Colleen Atwood. This disc is packed with special features. "Let's Shoot This F#*%@r!" is a behind-the-scenes featurette with leading man Johnny Depp. "The Theremin" is a brief look at the creation of the music for the film. "Making Bela" is a featurette about the creation of the Bela Lugosi character with actor Martin Landau and makeup designer Rick Baker. "Pie Plates Over Hollywood" is a featurette on the look of the film with production designer Tom Duffield. "When Carol Met Larry" is a featurette about real-life cross-dressers and their opinion on Ed Wood. Other special features include deleted scenes, a music video, and the original theatrical trailer. This is a highly recommended disc for a multiple Academy Award-winning film.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
When Harry and Michael Medved proclaimed Edward D. Wood, Jr.'s Plan 9 from Outer Space to be the Worst Movie Ever Made in their 1980 book, The Golden Turkey Awards, the eccentric director attained instant icon status: the Grand Fromage of Cinematic Cheese. The stories behind his movies -- shoestring budgets, stolen props, cross-dressing -- were usually more interesting than the finished product, so it was no real surprise that someone would make a movie about him. Still, while one still wonders how director Tim Burton talked Walt Disney's Touchstone Pictures into producing this black-and-white, R-rated, impossible-to-categorize biographical film, we remain glad he did. Johnny Depp portrays Wood, a wannabe filmmaker whose lack of talent is nearly made up for by his boundless enthusiasm. He also has a penchant for cross-dressing and angora sweaters -- obsessions that will feature prominently in his movies. After spending the early '50s getting rejected by every producer in town, Wood happens on a bit of luck when he meets and befriends onetime horror icon Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau), now a drug addict living in a dingy prefab house on the outskirts of Los Angeles. With a known star onboard, he finally gets backing, and he and his entourage of transsexuals, mentalists, professional wrestlers, and other denizens of the Hollywood fringe go about making such classic schlock as Glen or Glenda, Bride of the Monster, and the aforementioned Plan 9. Depp jumps in with both feet, playing Wood as a wide-eyed, gee-whiz dreamer who sees every production setback as an opportunity. As Lugosi, Landau is both profanely funny and profoundly sad, and the performance earned him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. The casting is pitch-perfect, down to the smallest parts: Bill Murray as the flamboyant Bunny Breckinridge; Jeffrey Jones as the psychic Criswell; and Vincent D'Onofrio as Orson Welles. Burton, meanwhile, obviously had a blast re-creating some of the most infamous moments in Wood's films; but it is the relationship between Depp and Landau that really make this film worth watching. Ed Wood may ultimately be a cult film about a cult director, but it is a near-perfect one that you don't have to be a Midnight Movie fan to love.
All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Tim Burton's Ed Wood is a delightfully entertaining and uniquely inspiring film about an artist in love with his medium. Never mind that the artist in question, Edward D. Wood Jr. (played with panache by Johnny Depp), is generally believed to be the worst movie director who ever lived; Burton and screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski play Wood's story mostly for laughs, but they also have a genuine fondness and respect for Wood and his never-ending uphill struggle to put his crackpot ideas on screen. For Wood, any day in which he stood behind the camera was a good day, and if his sets were cardboard, his special effects laughable, his dialogue mind-bogglingly bizarre, and his cast a ragtag band of losers, misfits, and has-beens, none of it mattered as much as the simple fact that he was making a film. Ed loved movies with all his heart and soul, despite his lack of talent, and he surrounded himself with people who, like himself, were drawn to the life-changing magic of Hollywood and determined to be a part of it. While it would be easy (and perhaps more realistic) to show the lives of Ed and his friends as sad, Burton understands that a dream in the face of impractical circumstances is a big part of being a filmmaker, and if these characters often seem goofy, they just as often seem to feel strangely honored to be scraping by in the shadow of the Dream Factory. And the friendship between Ed and the aging Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau), in poor health and addicted to drugs, is touching in the least cloying of ways, as an old man who has been stripped of his dreams finds work with a young man whose dreams still keep him going. Plenty of films have been made about people who made it in Hollywood, but Ed Wood is the best film about the people who didn't, perhaps because Burton seems to understand that the biggest thing separating him from his subject is not talent but luck.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2004
UPC:
0786936212501
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Touchstone / Disney
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:07:00
Sales rank:
17,295

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; "Let's Shoot This F#*%@r!" behind-the-scenes featurette, hosted by Johnny Depp; "Making Bela" featurette about the creation of the Bela Lugosi character in the film, with actor Martin Landau and makeup designer Rick Baker; "Pie Plates Over Hollywood" featurette on the look of the film, with production designer Tom Duffield; Featurette on the use of the theremin to create music for the film; Audio commentary with director Tim Burton, actor Martin Landau, co-writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, director of photography Stefan Czapsky, and costume designer Colleen Atwood; Music video; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Depp Ed Wood
Martin Landau Bela Lugosi
Sarah Jessica Parker Dolores Fuller
Patricia Arquette Kathy O'Hara
Bill Murray Bunny Breckinridge
Jeffrey Jones Criswell
Vincent D'Onofrio Orson Welles
Lisa Marie Vampira
G.D. Spradlin Reverend Lemon
Max Casella Paul Marco
Brent Hinkley Conrad Brooks
Juliet Landau Loretta King
George Steele Tor Johnson
Jim Myers Actor
Victoria Thomas Actor
Mike Starr Georgie Weiss
Clive Rosengren Ed Reynolds
Norman Alden Cameraman Bill
Leonard Termo Makeup Man Harry
Ned Bellamy Dr. Tom Mason
Danny Dayton Soundman
Jonathan Ross Camera Assistant
Biff Yeager Rude Boss
Carmen Filpi Old Crusty Man
Melora Walters Secretary #2
Conrad Brooks Bartender
Don Amendolia Salesman
Reid Cruickshanks Stage Guard
Stanley de Santis Mr. Feldman
Edmund L. Shaff Executive #2
Gene Lebell Ring Announcer
Gretchen Becker TV Host's Assistant
John Rice Conservative Man
Mary Portser Backer's Wife
King Cotton Hick Backer
Don Hood Southern Backer
Matthew Barry Valet
Ralph Monaco Waiter
Anthony Russell Busboy
Gregory Walcott Potential Backer
Rance Howard Old Man McCoy
Vasek Simek Professor Strowski
Alan Martin Vampira's Assistant
Korla Pandit Indian Musician
Vinny Argiro TV Horror Show Director
Patti Tippo Nurse
Ray Baker Doctor
Ryan Holihan Frantic Usher
Charlie Holliday Tourist
Ric Mancini Photographer #2
Mickey Cottrell Hammy Alien
Maurice LaMarche Orson Welles [uncredited]
Charles C. Stevenson Another Backer
Louis Lombardi Rental House Manager
Bobby Slayton TV show host
Lisa Malkiewicz Actor

Technical Credits
Tim Burton Director,Producer
Scott Alexander Screenwriter
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Stefan Czapsky Cinematographer
Denise Di Novi Producer
Thomas A. Duffield Production Designer
Michael Flynn Co-producer
Bruce Hill Set Decoration/Design
Richard Hoover Consultant/advisor,Production Designer
Larry Karaszewski Screenwriter
Chris Lebenzon Editor
Michael Lehmann Executive Producer
Christopher S. Nushawg Set Decoration/Design
Chris Nushuang Set Decoration/Design
Michael Okowita Art Director
Michael Polaire Production Designer
Cricket Rowland Set Decoration/Design
Howard Shore Score Composer
Victoria Thomas Casting
Edward Tise Sound/Sound Designer
Mike Topoozian Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles
2. Bad Review
3. Special Qualifications
4. A Big Fan
5. Halloween With Bela
6. Crap With a Star in It
7. A Little Surprise
8. One Take Is All It Takes
9. Ed's Pitch
10. Wrestling Match
11. Helping Bela
12. Backers' Party
13. Production Shutdown
14. New Financing
15. Back on the Set
16. The Final Scene
17. It's a Wrap
18. The First Celebrity to Enter Rehab
19. Ed and Kathy
20. Bela Goes Home
21. Bride of the Monster Premiere
22. Bela's Funeral
23. The Ultimate Ed Wood
24. The Baptists' Movie
25. Orson's Words of Wisdom
26. Plan 9 From Outer Space
27. "This Film Is for Bela"
28. Epilogue/End Credits

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Ed Wood 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to rate this film just on the fact that Johnny Depp stars in it. I finished watching this film for the hundreth time today and I will never cease to enjoy this...bizarre film! The film Ed Wood is so well put together! The cast was perfect! The movie makes you want to see (the real) Edward D. Wood's movies. It's very entertaining and worth watching! Hope you decide to view this film. It's something you won't regret!
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First off let me say, Mr. Depp is very hot. With that out of the way, i want to say that this movie is awesome. One of the things I look for in a movie is how it relates to me. As a crossdresser, it could not relate to me anymore unless i was making out with Mr. Depp.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really think that Johnny Depp is hot stuff, so I really enjoyed this movie, even though John plays a cross dresser in this movie. I would like looking at Johnny Depp all over again in this movie (as I enjoy ALL of his movies!) I highly reccomend this movie to anybody who likes Johnny Depp.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An incredible film about an artist who has a bottomless supply of positive energy, but is totally pathetic in his approach and product. Based on a true story, the film includes some truly outstanding performances. Johnny Depp is perfect in the title role. Bill Murray is hysterical as 'Bunny' Beckinridge, one of Wood's numerous acting buddies. Perhaps the films best performance is given by Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi, whom Wood befriended toward the end of his film career. The movie was filmed entirely in black and white and it's message of remaining positive against a flood of failure is timeless.
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A fabulous take on the so called worst director ever. The truth is it changed my life! The dialog is great and the characters are deep. It's an absolute must see!!!