(Tim Burton's) Corpse Bride

Featured In Issue 115, December 2006

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For some scary images and action, and brief mild language
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Mike Johnson & Tim Burton
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After just meeting each other for the first time, Victor (Depp) and Victoria (Watson) are scheduled to be married the next day. But Victor is a little nervous about the whole situation and goes for a walk in the woods. While practicing his vows, he places the wedding ring on an old tree branch—he thinks—but instead it turns out to be the skeletal finger of the "Corpse Bride" (Bonham Carter), who immediately accepts Victor's proposal of marriage. After the new missus drags Victor to the very strange Land of the Dead, he realizes that he has come to love his intented bride, Victoria. But his dead wife isn't too happy about Victor's love for the living and wonders what she can do to make Victor truly hers. Set in the same style as another Tim Burton film, "The Nightmare Before Christmas," this movie is sure to delight those of all ages. (Tricia Spears)

From the pop-up menu, the features are exactly the same as on the DVD and the Blu-ray Disc and include the following featurettes: Inside The Two Worlds (four minutes), Danny Elfman Interprets The Two Worlds (five minutes), The Animators: The Breath Of Life (seven minutes), Tim Burton Dark vs. Light (four minutes), Voices From The Underworld (six minutes), Making Puppets Tick (seven minutes), and The Voices Behind The Voice (eight minutes). There is also a 13-minute preproduction gallery featuring each of the different characters in the film, the option of watching the movie with the music-only track, and the theatrical trailer.

Differences between this fantastic-looking VC-1-encoded 1.78:1 HD DVD picture and the Blu-ray Disc's are negligible and can probably be fully attributed to the Samsung BD-P1000's noise reduction circuitry. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital Plus encoding of this release is slightly more refined than the Blu-ray Disc's Dolby Digital Surround EX™ encoding, although the differences are not night and day. Surround envelopment is slightly lacking with this release when compared to the Blu-ray Disc because of the lack of a center back channel. (Danny Richelieu)