H D - S E N S E I
A view on Hi-def DVDs by Gary W. Tooze
Introduction: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
it, but film will always be my first love and I list my
favorites on the old YMdb site now accessible
Sony BDP-S300 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player
Gary W. Tooze
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street [Blu-ray]
(Tim Burton, 2007)
Review by Gary Tooze
Studio: Dreamworks Video
Video: Dreamworks Video
Feature Runtime: 1:56:22
Feature film disc size: 25.6 Gig
One dual-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 21st, 2008
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Burton + Depp + Carter =
Todd (26:08 in HD!)
• Sweeney's London documentary (in HD!)
Designs for a Demon Barber
Product Description: 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...
Tim Burton's film adaptation of "Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" smacks its lips at the prospect of such a meal, and so it should. In telling this story, half-measures will avail him nothing. The bloodiest musical in stage history, it now becomes the bloodiest in film history, and it isn't a jolly romp, either, but a dark revenge tragedy with heartbreak, mayhem and bloody good meat pies.
But we know that going in and are relieved that Burton has played true to the material. Here is one scenario that is proof against a happy ending..
Excerpt from Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun Times located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
TheBlu-ray transfer is flawless, but... it becomes hard to differentiate between the actual 1080P transfer and the extensive art direction. In keeping with the film - it is expectantly dark with colors non-existent for most of the film. When they do appear (at the beach or with blood), or any day lit scenes, they can tend to seem even more vibrant as we've been overwrought with dingy dark grays and musty off-whites. Some will love this look - I was indifferent. This may reflect more on my feeling of the film which had no strong appeal personally speaking. The image even shows some decent depth and contrast is strong with heavy blacks. Background noise exists but it is limited and we aren't offered much grain. The image is fairly smooth and blemish-free. Technically it is dual-layered with the feature size being a reasonable 25.6 Gig. I don't see evidence of DNR or edge enhancements. In fact I'd have to say the MPEG-4 AVC encoded image does a great job of representing the film 'look'. I have no strong complaints. I'll wager this is as good as Sweeney Todd will look for your home theater. Hopefully, the screen captures below will give you an idea of what it will look like on your system. If you like multiple shades of darkness then you'll find this pretty impressive.
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Audio & Music:
October 16th, 2008