||Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
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Helena Bonham Carter
Sacha Baron Cohen
Jamie Campbell Bowen
Laura Michelle Kelly
Burton + Depp + Carter = Todd: A behind-the-scenes look at the collaboration of Tim Burton with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter featuring exclusive footage from rehearsals, recording sessions and more!
Video: Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
French: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Run Time: 116 min
Synopsis from DVD Cover:
Set in an imaginative world that only Tim Burton and Johnny Depp could capture, Sweeney Todd has been hailed as a masterpiece by critics and audiences everywhere. Supported by a stellar cast including Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. Depp's "spellbinding" (NY Magazine) performance as Sweeney brilliantly elevates Burton's dark vision of a wronged man obsessed with revenge. Sweeney Todd is "mighty entertainment" (NY Post) that will win your heart with a vengeance.
I've said it before and I'll say it again-I'm a sucker for a musical. Give me unprovoked singing and I'm a happy girl. Throw in Johnny Depp and you may as well take me to the circus and let me ride the elephants. So, no matter what, I knew I'd love "Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"-but I had no idea how much.
We first meet our angry future slasher as he arrives on a boat back to his London home-soon, we learn he was forcibly expelled from said home many years prior on a set of trumped up charges brought against him by an evil judge (Alan Rickman) who just wanted to get with Todd's wife. Formerly a mild mannered barber named Benjamin Barker, Sweeney Todd (Depp) is now an understandably bitter man bent on vengeance once he discovers his former life is no longer available. Teaming up with local meat pie mistress Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham-Carter), Todd begins to avenge past injustices and satisfy his new bloodlust while singing the days away and awaiting the moment he can get the ultimate revenge on the man who ruined his life and took away all he held dear.
Now, I know this is going to sound like a crazy fan-girl gushing about New Kids on the Block, but I can't say enough good stuff about this movie. The sings never feel forced, instead taking on more of a dialogue-with-melody feel. And the singing-well, Depp sounds a little like a bloodthirsty David Bowie, and he manages to infuse Todd's song stylings with real acting. Also, Bonham-Carter has forever won my love with her misunderstood Mrs. Lovett-she's just misunderstood, dammit! In the singing department, special note should also be given to Edward Sanders as Mrs. Lovett's young assistant Toby-that little boy can sing. But the singing isn't the only draw to "Sweeney." What I love is the drab color, the slightly off but still somehow perfect London sets, and the utter ridiculousness of the copious amounts of blood that flood the scene when Todd slits a victim. Some may call bits uneven, but for me, it's that very uneven quality-like the stark juxtaposition of the bright sunny world of "By the Sea" to the pale, wan reality of Lovett and Todd-that makes the movie the sick and wonderful almost two hours worth of sings and despair I adore.
As far as extra goodies go, don't even bother looking at the Single Disc version. I mean, it does have the Making Of doc "Burton + Depp + Carter = Todd," which at a little over 25 minutes long, is a very thorough look at the all that went into production, with an added emphasis on the singing and studio time. The second disc in the two-disc version contains all kinds of Sweeney goodness, starting with "Sweeney Todd Press Conference, November 2007," which is-you guessed it-a press conference featuring Burton, Depp, Bonham Carter, Rickman, Timothy Spall, and Richard D. Zanuck. "Sweeney is Alive: The Real History of the Demon Barber," a featurette examining the origins and legends surrounding the "Demon Barber" himself. "Musical Mayhem: Sondheim's Sweeney Todd" brings in the man himself, Stephen Sondheim, to talk about musicals and how he feels when they're changed for the screen-he's a pretty cool guy. "Sweeney's London" seems like a bit of a companion to the History of featurette, this one going into the London that bred such murderous folks. "The Making of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" is your run-of-the-mill Making Of-good, long enough, but not quite as insightful as some of its other Extra companions. "Grand Guignol: A Theatrical Tradition" is better viewed than explained. Then there are two more technical bits: "Designs for a Demon Barber," highlighting the superb production design of the film, and "A Bloody Business," which gives the special effects department its due. 'Moviefone Unscripted' with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp" pretty much shows two good friends sitting around and asking each other questions submitted by fans, but it's worth viewing. Finally, "The Razor's Refrain" is a whole lot of stills from the movie, and the Theatrical Trailer is still entertaining, even when you've seen the film ten times.
I'd recommend this DVD even if it didn't have the ton of Extras it does, but those alone make it worth buying. If you're a fan of Depp, Burton, blood, and/or singing, you won't be disappointed.