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Sweeney Todd (Blu-ray)

Sweeney Todd Blu-ray review (click for larger imageReviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Edward Sanders, Timothy Spall, Jayne Wisener

Directed by Tim Burton

Distributed by Dreamworks Home Entertainment


Me? I’ve never been one for musicals. Though I must admit Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd was one of the best damned times I have had at the theatre in forever. Everything fit — the sounds, Burton’s imagination behind the camera, the cast, and all that delicious gore and violence. This flick … simply put … is a veritable symphony of the macabre. Now, thanks to Blu-ray, it comes home looking and sounding better than ever!

I was a little worried though … here’s a movie with a palette of really dark and grimy colors. Blacks, browns, sepia tones, blues, reds, and purples are kind of hard colors to replicate without getting bleedy or even muddy. I’m happy to say that the 1080p AVC encoded 1.85:1 image looks fucking incredible. The level of detail captured here is breathtakingly magnificent. This is what Blu-ray was meant for! I know it sounds like I’m gushing, but you really need to see this in order to grasp the ghastly beauty of it all.

Sweeney Todd Blu-ray review (click for larger imageAnd what of the sound mix? While not perfect, it will still more than satisfy. The only problem to be found here is a minor one, and that is the film’s dialogue at times is way lower in its talky parts than it is when our stars are singing. This coupled, with the characters’ accents, can prove to be somewhat bothersome as some of the lines come off as more mumbled instead of being spoken clearly. Still, most of you probably won’t even notice so don’t let that dissuade you from enjoying this otherwise rock solid package.

On to the extras! Rejoice! Though there’s nothing new and exclusive to this Blu-ray release, every single thing from the stellar DVD from a few months ago is here, and better yet … it’s all presented in high definition. Well, everything except for the press conference featurette, but really, who cares?!? For an exact and in-depth rundown of what’s included and what you should expect, read my Sweeney Todd DVD review here.

Just like Depp and Carter, Burton and Blu-ray are the perfect couple. Whether you’re a fan of the movie or maybe you’re just looking for something to pick up so that you can get an idea of just how much of a difference there is between standard and high definition viewing, this is a package that should not be missed. If you’ve got the tech, don’t wait a second longer. Click the link below and let the slashing begin!

Special Features

  • Burton + Depp + Carter = Todd featurette
  • Sweeney Todd press conference
  • Sweeney is Alive: The Real History of The Demon Barber featurette
  • Musical Mayhem: Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd featurette
  • Sweeney’s London featurette
  • Making-of Sweeney Todd featurette
  • Grand Guignol: A Theatrical Tradition featurette
  • Designs for a Demon Barber featurette
  • A Bloody Buisness featurette
  • MovieFone Unscripted with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp
  • The Razor’s Refrain featurette
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

    Film:

    5 out of 5

    Special Features:

    5 out of 5

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  • Steve Barton

    You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

    • Kryten Syxx

      Compared to the stage production, Burton’s Sweeney Todd is almost a cliffnote version. The whole romance between Antony and Lucy is missing and made it near impossible to give a toss if they escaped the Judge or not, “I saw you in a window and fell in love without ever talking to you!” Doesn’t really make sense.

      Todd himself is so one note and dull which gives him very few redeeming qualities. On top of that, several of the songs were trimmed down as well, though this is understandable, especially “God, That’s Good”.

      At least Sweeney’s success led to the long awaited release of the Angela Lansbury version of the musical on DVD.

    • bludgeoner

      Personally I thought Sweeney Todd was a pile of shit – I’ll never watch it again.