Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2-Disc Special Collector's Edition)

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by Megan on 2/29/2008

This was a great movie, easily my favorite. My friends and i loved this movie, not only the overall movie was great but the acting was breathtaking. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter were easily the best choice for the film. Tim Burton is my favorite director and the is one of his finest. I would totally recommend this movie to any one.

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by tom on 4/3/2008

freaking awesome!

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Product Overview


Studio Paramount
SKU 207379252
UPC 097361321547
UPC 14 00097361321547
Format DVD
Release Date 1/27/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Depp,Johnny
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Cast & Crew
Alan Rickman - Actor
Chris Lebenzon - Editor
Dante Ferretti - Production Designer
Dariusz Wolski - Cinematographer
Helena Bonham Carter - Actor
Hugh Wheeler - Based On Musical By
Jamie Campbell Bower - Actor
Jayne Wisener - Actor
John Logan - Screenplay
Johnny Depp - Actor
Laura Michelle Kelly - Actor
Patrick McCormick - Executive Producer
Richard D. Zanuck - Producer
Sacha Baron Cohen - Actor
Stephen Sondheim - Based On Musical By
Tim Burton - Director
Timothy Spall - Actor
Nominee (2008) British Academy Awards, Colleen Atwood, Best Costume Design,British Academy Awards, Ivana Primorac, Best Make Up & Hair,Golden Globe, Tim Burton, Best Director - Motion Picture,Golden Globe, Helena Bonham Carter, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy,Oscar, Johnny Depp, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Colleen Atwood, Best Achievement in Costume Design
Winner (2008) Golden Globe, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy,Golden Globe, Johnny Depp, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy,Oscar, Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo, Best Achievement in Art Direction
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Review True to its stage nature, Sweeney Todd is characterized by a love of the macabre and a cutting wit. Under Burton's direction, however, it's strangely stagnant. The movie's lack of energy radiates outward from the low-key songs to the subdued performance by Johnny Depp to the desaturated color employed by cinematographer Dariusz Wolski...Stylistically, this is all Burton. In fact, one could argue that it's Corpse Bride come to life. This is Jack the Ripper's London - a place of shadows, horror, and the grand guignol. Sweeney looks like Captain Jack crossed with Elsa Lancaster's Bride of Frankenstein, and Depp plays the role pretty much the way he has played every part in his career for Burton...I suspect that fans of Sondheim's play will be pleased with Burton's screen interpretation of it. He has remained faithful to the essence of the text, making trims when necessary but keeping the overall skeleton intact...While there's plenty in Sweeney Todd to please the eye, there's less here to generate any real sense of enthusiasm. The film's bloodiness is suitably over-the-top but, as with everything else, Burton downplays it to avoid the appearance of campiness. In the end, the real problem with the Demon Barber of Fleet Street is that he's not as bloody fun as he should be.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Tim Burton's film adaptation of "Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" smacks its lips at the prospect of such a meal, and so it should. In telling this story, half-measures will avail him nothing. The bloodiest musical in stage history, it now becomes the bloodiest in film history, and it isn't a jolly romp, either, but a dark revenge tragedy with heartbreak, mayhem and bloody good meat pies...But we know that going in and are relieved that Burton has played true to the material...To an unusual degree, "Sweeney Todd" works on a quasi-realistic level and not as a musical fantasy. That's not to say we're to take it as fact, but that we can at least accept it on its own terms without the movie winking at us. It combines some of Tim Burton's favorite elements: The fantastic, the ghoulish, the bizarre, the unspeakable, the romantic and in Johnny Depp, he has an actor he has worked with since "Edward Scissorhands" and finds a perfect instrument...Helena Bonham Carter may be Burton's inamorata, but apart from that, she is perfectly cast, not as a vulgar fishwife type but as a petite beauty with dark, sad eyes and a pouting mouth and a persistent fantasy that she and the barber will someday settle by the seaside. Not bloody likely.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Collector's Edition
Product Attributes
Actor Depp,Johnny
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
A.O. Scott, The New York Times Something close to a masterpiece, a work of extreme -- I am tempted to say evil -- genius.
Claudia Puig, USA Today Mesmerizing and highly entertaining.
David Ansen, Newsweek Depp is such a soulful presence he gives you a glimpse of this maniac's pain and pathos. Bonham Carter is extraordinary.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal An elegant horror film...that takes pleasure in its own theatricality, gives pleasure with caustic wit...
Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club Burton brings his signature visual style...but he wisely follows Sondheim's lead, letting the music and spirit of the original piece show the way.
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter With his sturdy acting and surprisingly good voice, Depp is a Sweeney Todd for the ages.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...a bloody wonder, intimate and epic, horrific and heart-rending as it flies on the wings of Sondheim's most thunderously exciting score.

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