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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

Two-Disc Special Edition
Genre: Musical

Reviewed In Issue 131 (May 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall & Sacha Baron Cohen

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Special features on Disc One of this two-disc set include the featurette Burton+Depp+Carter=Todd (26 minutes) and up-front previews. Disc Two includes the following featurettes: Sweeney Todd Is Alive (20 minutes), Musical Mayhem: Sondheim's Sweeney Todd (12 minutes), Sweeney's London (16 minutes), The Making Of Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (24 minutes), Grand Guignol: A Theatrical Tradition (19 minutes), Designs For A Demon Barber (nine minutes), A Bloody Business (nine minutes), and The Razors Refrain (nine minutes); two interview segments: Sweeney Todd Press Conference, November 2007 (20 minutes) and Movie Fone Unscripted With Tim Burton And Johnny Depp (12 minutes); a photo gallery; and the original theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 13215
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For graphic bloody violence
(Retail Price): $39.99
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/01/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Tim Burton
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Benjamin Barker (Depp) is a happy man, he has a good career as a barber and a beautiful wife and baby daughter. That is until Judge Turpin (Rickman) falls in love with Benjamin's wife. The corrupt judge has Benjamin deported from London for life, in an attempt to remove his rival for Mrs. Barker's affections. Years later, Benjamin has taken the alias Sweeney Todd and returns to London to reap vengeance on those who conspired to send him away. Taking up his old profession, Sweeney Todd sets up shop just above Nellie Lovett's (Carter) pie shop, who is reported to serve the worst meat pies in London. Rumors of a Demon Barber Of Fleet Street abound, as patrons who visit Todd's barber shop are never seen again, whilst Mrs. Lovett's savory pies now enjoy great acclaim for their exotic tasting meat. Based on the musical play by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. Sweeney Todd won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD shows solid black levels with good shadow delineation, helping create a dimensional-looking image. The color scheme, at night, is generally limited to cool hues of blue, with fleshtones looking pallid and sickly. Daytime scenes can show more natural hues with an expanded color scheme, but even these scenes can be dominated by blue hues. Resolution is quite good, with fine details nicely preserved on the screen. This is a very good picture, with very little in the way of compression artifacts or noticeable edge enhancement. (Danny Richelieu)

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