Ed Wood: Special Edition

DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones, Bill Murray, Vincent D’Onofrio, G.D. Spradlin, Lisa Marie
Written By: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
Directed By: Tim Burton
Studio: Touchstone
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OK, for those of you who, for some ungodly reason don’t know who Ed Wood is, well, you need to get off your fucking computer, go to the store, and buy/ rent either this movie, or Plan 9 from Outer Space, what is possibly one of the worst movies ever made. For those of you who are aware of Ed Wood’s directorial genius, well, you’ve probably already seen this movie, and were, like me, anxiously awaiting its release on DVD. On to the synopsis:

The movie follows the tail end of Ed Wood’s career. From his failed attempts at play-writing to Plan 9 from Outer Space, the movie goes through his personal life as he meets Bela Lugosi (the original Dracula) and follows his dream of writing, producing, and directing a movie like his idol, Orson Wells. Unfortunately, Ed lacks the talents of his idol, and his dreams fall short. Using any means necessary to raise money, Ed shoots 20 scenes a night, mostly with only one take. His band of trusty friends and actors are all there to lend their hands and wallets. Alas, the critics and crowds do not agree with Ed’s visions.

All performances are superb. Johnny Depp lends gives this Entertainment Industry Outcast the heart to let us see his motives. Martin Landau plays one of the greatest roles ever as Bela Lugosi. Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Murray, Patricia Arquette, and Vincent D’Onofrio as Orson Wells all add to the mix. The extras have some merit. The behind the scenes with Johnny Depp is entertaining. Check out the “Making Bela” featurette. The music video was really lame though. There’s some other extras on here that some people will like.

All in all, this is one movie that truly belongs in the collection of anyone who considers themselves a fan of Science Fiction. Of course, if you like documentaries, comedies, tragedies, or just Johnny Depp, you need this movie as well. So… get off the fucking computer and get the movie.

Deleted Scenes
Behind the Scenes Featurette: “Let’s Shoot This F#%@r!,” Hosted by Johnny Depp
“Making Bela”: Featurette about the creation of the Bela Lugosi character in the film with Actor Martin Landau and Makeup Designer Rick Baker.
“Pie Plates Over Hollywood”: Featurette on the look of the film with Production Designer Tom Duffield.
Audio Commentary With Director Tim Burton & Actor Martin Landau
Music Video, Theatrical Trailer, and more!

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Widescreen 1.85:1 B&W (Anamorphic)


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Rating: Rated R
Running Time: 124 minutes
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