Directed by Tim Burton
USA 1990

 

  Once upon a time in a castle high on a hill lived an inventor whose greatest creation was named Edward. Although Edward had an irresistible charm, he wasn't quite perfect. The inventor's sudden death left him unfinished, with sharp metal shears for hands. Edward lived alone in the darkness until one day a kind Avon lady took him home to live with her family. So began Edward's fantastical adventures in a pastel paradise known as Suburbia.

 

*****

Quirky and stylistic seem to go hand-in-hand when discussing director Tim Burton. In, possibly his defining film, Edward Scissorhands he invests an obtuse premise, essentially involving societal tolerance in extremes, into viewers acceptance... and it works. Both unique and excessively creative Edward Scissorhands is refreshing, humorous and completely watchable. This film is by no means a masterpiece but it certainly helped establish Burton as a viable and offbeat mainstream force in Hollywood and the film definitely has things to say, much of which is interpretational but not exceedingly poignant.  

 

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: December 6th, 1990

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DVD Review: Twentieth Century Fox (Anniversary Tin Box) - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Twentieth Century Fox Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:44:52
Video 1.80:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.23 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 4.0) , English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0)  
Subtitles English, Spanish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.80:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Tim Burton
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Commentary by Danny Elfman
• Featurette
• Soundbites
• TV and Trailer spots

• Concept Art

• a cardboard wallet of 6 weak quality photos from the film

DVD Release Date: November 8th, 2005

Keep Case inside cardboard sleeve inside metal box
Chapters: 24

 

 

Comments:

Firstly this review is for the 'Anniversary Tin Box' edition. I'll assume that it is exactly the same as the Anniversary Widescreen Edition HERE, excepting it is in a tin box with 6 very poor quality photos in a cheap cardboard wallet.

Now, I know we are DVDBeaver and specialize in comparisons, but I don't own the initial release of this DVD (May 2002), but I'll go on the assumption that the image quality is improved (?), as are the extras which include two commentaries and some other less interesting additions.  

I wouldn't say I am overly impressed with the image although it is certainly acceptable, if a little softer than I might have expected - colors seem okay if not brilliantly vibrant. It is anamorphic and progressive cropped to about 1.80 from its original 1.85 - there is a black border around the edge of the image prohibiting full horizontal resolution. I would say that this might be considered to be typical Fox - which you can take for what it is worth.

The extras here include two audio commentaries one by Tim Burton and a second by composer Danny Elfman. I have only listed to the Burton one and although he is quite charmingly laid-back and frank there are many long-ish gaps. Other extras include a featurette, 4-5 static page Concept art slides, TV spots, and some short "sound bite" video clips.

I looked at the Widescreen edition price and that is about the strongest argument for recommendation of this DVD. It doesn't appear to have been produced with the care and precision that Burton's following might have enjoyed and anticipated. 

Gary W. Tooze

 





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