Ed Wood

Ed Wood

DVD Rating: ***

Reviewed by: Gator MacReady

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Filmed in standard widescreen, the 1.85:1 anamorphic exhibits perfect greyscale, with some very deep blacks. Obviously, the lack of colour means that there is practically no fault to be found with the picture quality.

The b&w and lighting echo the actual technique used by Wood, himself, as does the sound design, which is not up to much. The only time the rear speakers are employed is when Howard Shore's zany musical score flares up. Most of the sound is stereo, with the majority of the dialogue in mono. The .1LFE is hardly ever used outside of the musical score, but, considering the subject matter, this does not matter.

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Anyone who has listened to The Planet Of The Apes commentary will know that Tim Burton can be a real jive turkey when it comes to talking us through a movie. He has several cast and crew members here with him, although Martin Landau is the only one worth paying attention to. The rest are boring and seem to start their sentences with, "The really interesting this is...", and then make a very uninteresting point.

The music video is the theme tune to the movie, synced with Lisa Marie dancing wildly - and anything that gives you a zillion cool shots of Marie's body and cleavage is cool by me.

Let's Shoot This F*cker shows us some rare behind-the-scenes colour footage, mixed in with the b&w stuff. It also has Johnny Depp talking to the camera and acting strangely. It's fun, if not terribly exciting.

Proof positive that Russia hardly ever makes anything worthwhile, a featurette on a weird Russian musical instrument, called a theremin, shows us how to crank out a tune in mid air. I wonder why these babies never caught on. The musical version of the Lada, methinks.

Making Bela shows us how Rick Baker created the make-up for Landau by using plaster casts of Lugosi's face. And he tells us that he practically worked for free, too. It won him the Oscar, after all, so it was worth it. Landau, also, explains how he prepared himself for the role. And the featurette is dedicated to him.

Pie Plates Over Hollywood is a dig at Ed Wood's budget version of ID4. There is also a short featurette on the production design of the film, which is okay, if you like that sort of thing. I don't.

A theatrical trailer is also included.

Reviewed on: 23 Nov 2002
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Biopic of 'the worst director of all time'.
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Product Code: D888599

Region: 2

Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras: Commentary by Tim Burton and various cast and crew members; Music video; Let


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