Eye For Film >> Movies >> Sleepy Hollow (1999) DVD Review
Reviewed by: Josh MorrallRead Angus Wolfe Murray's film review of Sleepy Hollow
Instantly noticable is the lack of additional scenes. Unless we are to believe that Mr Burton used absolutely every second of film, then somebody, somewhere, has made a grave and unforgivable error in not providing the avid DVD watcher of this small world with deleted scenes.
Still, we are here not to moan about what we don't have, but to rejoice in what we do. Sleepy Hollow is a very cosy disc, with some of the most visually attractive animated menus I've ever seen. The artwork continues the gothic stylings of Burton's other greats, such as Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood. The scratchy-like drawing technique and curvy letters combine to produce great interactivity with you and the DVD.
Behind The Legend featurette is a well put together, entwining on-set interviews and funny moments with in-depth information on the filmmaking and set construction. Apparently, the Sleepy Hollow town is the fastest set ever to be constructed in the UK, taking only three months to build, half a month quicker than work done on Billy Elliot.
What I like about this disc is that the two documenatries were shot during filming, and then Reflections Of Sleepy Hollow interviews the cast and filmmakers again AFTER the film's release. These two perspectives offer a new kind of honesty into the DVD format, and, since Burton always seems to employ an eccentric cast, each interview is funny and warm.
This is a very open disc, with enough extras to satisfy, the only fault being a lack of deleted scenes. Otherwise, this is a great package, watchable and attractive, and what makes the experience even better is that the film itself is a masterpiece of modern cinema.
A great purchase and one of those DVDs you should own simply on principal.Reviewed on: 23 Nov 2002