Ed Wood

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A visionary of sorts, with no formal training and a fetish for wearing women's clothing. Ed wood follows his dream to direct a studio-made feature. Although recognition and respect seem to elude him every step of the way, he never abandons hope of one day becoming a famous director.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 40232932
UPC 786936212501
UPC 14 00786936212501
Format DVD
Release Date 12/28/2010
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 3039
Character Study
Cult Film
Film About Film
Film Directors
Horror Classic
Horror Movies
Science Fiction
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note A stranger-than-fiction true story of the early career of Edward D. Wood, Jr., the undisputed "worst movie director of all time," Tim Burton's ED WOOD is nevertheless a delightful, zany, and ultimately moving film. Wood was the auteur behind GLEN OR GLENDA? (1953) and PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959), and it is during the making of these two no-budget flicks that Wood is profiled. His friendship with the aging, drug-addicted, former film star Bela Lugosi--who he cast in his movies--is one of the most poignant characters ever portrayed on film. Wood had an infectious enthusiasm which inspired his cohorts, including transsexual wannabe Bunny (Bill Murray), the psychic Criswell (Jeffrey Jones), and behemoth wrestler Tor Johnson (George "The Animal" Steele). To a large extent, ED WOOD celebrates bad filmmaking raised to the level of a fine art form. With his fetishistic style of dressing in for pumps, narrow skirts and angora sweaters, Ed Wood was as much of an outsider as his actors. Perhaps the final irony is that ED WOOD may be one of the best films of all time about one of the worst filmmakers of all time.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "I'm the first celebrity that ever checked into rehab." Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi
Premiere "...An A movie about a B-movie geek..." - Recommended 04/01/1995 p.146
Rolling Stone "...Sympathetic and endearing....For the length of Burton's affectionate and slyly affecting movie, Ed Wood finally belongs..." 10/20/1994 p.153-155
Entertainment Weekly Ranked #5 in Entertainment Weekly's "10 Favorite Films of the '90s" - "...[Burton's] finest film....Sublime and touching..." 04/01/2000 p.160
New York Times "...Burton's very good film about a very bad film maker....[Depp] gives a witty and captivating performance, bringing wonderful buoyancy to this crazy role..." 09/23/1994 p.C34
Film Comment "...Deft enough to satisfy high-culture and low-culture aficionados alike..." 11/01/1994 p.71-3
Sight and Sound "...ED WOOD is Burton's most successful piece of proper storytelling....The cast is perfect down to the walk-ons..." 05/01/1995 p.44
Los Angeles Times "...Lugosi gives Landau the opportunity for a wonderfully rousing yet poignant performance..." 09/28/1994 p.F1
Total Film "Burton's sweet, sad, warmly funny paean to Hollywood's old ghosts." 07/01/2006 p.128
Tim Burton
Martin Landau
Sarah Jessica Parker
Bill Murray
Johnny Depp
Cast & Crew
Bill Murray - Actor
Chris Lebenzon - Editor
Colleen Atwood - Costume Designer
Denise Di Novi - Producer
G.D. Spradlin - Actor
George "The Animal" Steele - Actor
Howard Shore - Musical Score
Jeffey Jones - Actor
Johnny Depp - Actor
Larry Karaszewski - Writer
Lisa Marie - Actor
Martin Landau - Actor
Michael Lehmann - Executive Producer
Patricia Arquette - Actor
Rudolph Grey - Based On Book By
Sarah Jessica Parker - Actor
Scott Alexander - Writer
Stefan Czapsky - Director of Photography
Tim Burton - Director
Tim Burton - Producer
Tom Duffield - Production Designer
Vincent D'Onofrio - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1994
Catalog ID 2957203
UPC 00786936212501
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 127 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1995) Martin Landau, Winner, Best Supporting Actor,Rick Baker, et al., Winner, Best Makeup
Cannes Film Festival (1995) Tim Burton, Nominee, Golden Palm
Golden Globe (1995) Martin Landau, Winner, Best Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture,Johnny Depp, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review ...Wood is an easy target that this sympathetic and endearing movie bravely resists. Burton's freewh
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 9
Special Edition, DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Depp,Johnny
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Desson Howe, Washington Post ...understatedly delirious portrait of the eccentric filmmaker.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...cast to perfection... a must for any old-time movie buff.
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever ...hilarious and touching tribute to a Hollywood maverick...

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