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Edward Scissorhands
10th Anniversary Edition

review by David G.

 

Rated PG-13

Studio: Fox

Running Time: 105 minutes

Starring Johnny Depp, Winona Rider, Dianne Wiest, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price

Screenplay by Caroline Thompson

Directed by Tim Burton

Retail Price: $29.98

Features: Commentaries, TV Spots, Theatrical Trailers, Featurette, Concept Art, Interviews

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English 4.0 Dolby Digital, French 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Chapter Search, THX Certified

In a castle dominating a typical suburb, an inventor (Vincent Price) creates a man but before he could finish him by giving him hands, he dies. The poor creation, named Edward, is reduced to live alone in the castle with scissors instead of hands. That is, until he is discovered by the Avon representative Peg Boggs (Dianne Wiest) who decides to bring him into her family. A new life is beginning for Edward who will disturb the quiet suburb. He's going to learn love with the Boggs's daughter Kim (Winona Rider) and will face to the envy, the lack of understanding and the malice of the inhabitants.

Tim Burton managed to create a unique world. From "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" to Sleepy Hollow, his marks as a director are well put here. In this movie, he has made his own Frankenstein (He is a big fan of this old horror films and the presence of Vincent Price is not a coincidence) but in a fairy tale way, he chose the discrepancy to send our truths back in the face. We are afraid of difference and of change in our habits. But in all this stupidity or this malice, there is Jim, Kim's boyfriend (Anthony Michael Hall), goodnessis personified by the inventor (Vincent Price), Peg Boggs (Dianne Wiest) and finally Kim (Winona Rider), this is Edward personalising the innocence.

This movie is certainly my favorite among Burton's films, it's a real delight: the picture is naive and beautiful, the music is superb and the cast is perfect (Johnny Depp is brilliant). If you think you are blasé or tough, just watch the movie and especially the scene with Edward sculpting Ice while Kim is spinning under the "snow" and now, look into my eyes and try to say that you feel nothing. You would surprise me if you could.

The movie is presented in a widescreen anamorphic version (1:85:1) and there is nothing to complain about it. The black is deep, and the picture is crystal clear. Stefan Czapsky ("Batman Returns") should be happy.

English 4.0 Surround, English Dolby Surround and French Dolby Surround tracks are included with English and Spanish Subtitles. Tim Burton didn't want to remix his movie, so there is not 5.1 Dolby Digital Track but the 4.0 his excellent, although the surround sare discreet. The other tracks are fine, but no more than that.

Some good and some bad here. The good: The audio commentary by Tim Burton and Danny Elfman, the theatrical trailers and the TV spots. The bad: the featurette (useless) and the concept art (too short). In between: the item called Soundbites: some very short interventions of different cast and crew members on few questions.

 

An eternal enchantment, an unmissable classic which will delight everybody from 3 to 80 years old. This is a movie to watch and to watch again and again. Thank you Mr. Burton.

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