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Sweeney Todd (2007)

Director: Tim Burton     Starring: Johnny Depp Helena Bonham-Carter
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Format: DVD
Sku: 211276386
UPC: 032429069269
UPC 14: 00032429069269
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Never Forget. Never Forgive.
Johnny Depp and Tim Burton join forces again in a big-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical thriller "Sweeney Todd." Depp stars in the title role as a man unjustly sent to prison who vows revenge, not only for that cruel punishment, but for the devastating consequences of what happened to his wife and daughter. When he returns to reopen his barber shop, Sweeney Todd becomes the Demon Barber of Fleet Street who "shaved the heads of gentlemen who never thereafter were heard from again." Joining Depp is Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney's amorous accomplice, who creates diabolical meat pies. The cast also includes Alan Rickman, who portrays the evil Judge Turpin, who sends Sweeney to prison and Timothy Spall as the Judge's wicked associate Beadle Bamford and Sacha Baron Cohen is a rival barber, the flamboyant Signor Adolfo Pirelli.

"Something close to a masterpiece, a work of extreme -- I am tempted to say evil -- genius.  A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"Mesmerizing and highly entertaining.  Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Depp is such a soulful presence he gives you a glimpse of this maniac's pain and pathos. Bonham Carter is extraordinary.  David Ansen, Newsweek
"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.  Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club

Editor's Note
With its rivers of blood, this adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical isn't for the faint of heart--or stomach. But thanks to the black humor, impeccable production design, and gorgeous music, Tim Burton fans will want to sing after seeing SWEENEY TODD. For his sixth collaboration with the director, Johnny Depp stars as Benjamin Barker aka Sweeney Todd, a barber falsely imprisoned by Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman). After leaving prison, he comes back to Victorian London to find his wife poisoned and his daughter held captive. As he plots his revenge, Sweeney joins forces with Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter), and while he preys on clients asking for a shave, his new partner turns the bodies into baked goods. But the judge still lives, and the razor-wielding madman wants his vengeance.

Though it's a musical, SWEENEY TODD has more in common with Italian horror films such as SUSPIRIA than it does with CHICAGO. Even the horror-musical hybrid LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS pales in comparison to the darkness found here. Previous Burton-Depp pairings have veered toward the macabre, but this reaches a glorious new level. Though they've made excellent films apart, their partnership has produced some of their best work, including EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, ED WOOD, and now SWEENEY TODD. Depp demonstrates his rock-band roots as the antihero of the title with another amazing performance, while Bonham Carter is both hilarious and heartbreaking as the eager Mrs. Lovett. But credit also belongs to production designer Dante Ferretti, director of photography Dariusz Wolski, and, of course, Burton, for showing a sooty London that is just as dark as the film's subject matter. Source composer Sondheim should also be recognized for the haunting songs that threaten to stick in viewers' heads, but the film as a whole also deserves to be remembered for its beauty and brutality.

Features
Video Features DVD, Slip Sleeve, No Longer Produced
Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/15/2009
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video UPC UPC: 00032429069269
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

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Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Alan Rickman
Video Cast Info Timothy Spall
Video Cast Info Johnny Depp
Video Cast Info Jayne Wisener
Video Cast Info Sacha Baron Cohen
Video Cast Info Jamie Campbell Bower
Video Cast Info Helena Bonham-Carter
Video Cast Info Walter F. Parkes - Producer
Video Cast Info Hugh Wheeler - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Dariusz Wolski - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Stephen Sondheim - Lyricist
Video Cast Info John Logan - Producer
Video Cast Info Stephen Sondheim - Composer
Video Cast Info Stephen Sondheim - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Richard D. Zanuck - Producer
Video Cast Info John Logan - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Dante Ferretti - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Laurie MacDonald - Producer
Video Cast Info Tim Burton - Director

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"Mr. Burton's film adaptation of Mr. Sondheim's musical, is as dark and terrifying as any motion picture in recent memory....Expressing a breathtakingly, rigorously pessimistic view of human nature. It is also something close to a masterpiece..." 12/21/2007

Entertainment Weekly
"[T]his opulent, attentive production is splashed with signature style and hell-bent on entertaining..." -- Grade: B 12/21/2007 p.54-55

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he story takes in romance, suspense, melodrama, vengeance and madness along the way....Depp and Bonham Carter present their beating hearts on gore-streaked sleeves." 02/01/2008 p.50

Los Angeles Times
"Tim Burton's adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece SWEENEY TODD is a funny, moody musical blood bath....It's a gorgeous artifact..." 12/21/2007

Rolling Stone
Ranked #5 in Rolling Stone's "10 Best Movies Of 2007" -- "[A] striking achievement in every way, particularly for the tour de force of Johnny Depp..." 12/27/2007 p.120

Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Depp is simply stupendous....Depp erases the line between singing and acting, fusing them into something that keeps the movie blazing." 12/27/2007 p.124-125

Empire
4 stars out of 5 -- "The stars make surprisingly fair fists of the singing, and their acting muscles put over Sondheim's intricate, clever lyrics." 02/01/2008 p.38

Uncut
4 stars out of 5 -- [I]t's the giddy, relentless nihilism of the film that will thrill even the most showtune-phobic." 03/01/2008 p.119

Sight and Sound
"Burton has created a supremely cinematic work, in everything from the swooping, scuttling shots through London's sooty, satanic back alleys, to the wild-eyed vengeful intensity of its anti-hero..." 03/01/2008 p.82

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