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Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Helena Bonham Carter Mrs. Lovett
Johnny Depp Sweeney Todd
Alan Rickman Judge Turpin
Edward Sanders
Timothy Spall Beadle Bamford
Sacha Baron Cohen Signor Adolfo Pirelli
Jayne Wisener Johanna
Jamie Campbell Bower Anthony Hope
Laura Michelle Kelly Beggar Woman
Ed Sanders Tobias Ragg
Anthony Head Ballad Ghost
Gracie May Baby Johanna
Movie Details
Genre Crime; Musical; Thriller
Director Tim Burton
Producer John Logan; Walter F. Parkes; Brenda Berrisford; Katterli Frauenfelder
Writer John Logan; Stephen Sondheim; Hugh Wheeler
Cinematography Dariusz Wolski
Musician Stephen Sondheim
Studio Dreamworks Video
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 116 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 7.5
Plot
After years of rumors, it turns out that Tim Burton was the perfect visionary to film Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Stephen Sondheim's Broadway masterpiece, and the result is a macabre and moving musical movie as enthralling as anything Burton has ever done. The show's mix of gothic horror, Grand Guignol, very dark humor, and witty and beautiful music never was the stuff of traditional musical comedy, but it's a powerful work, and perhaps the richest of the late 20th century. In the movie, Burton's frequent collaborator, Johnny Depp, plays Todd, a wronged man whose lust for revenge drives him to murder (an 19th-century legend who has been traced to a real-life barber). Helena Bonham Carter, another Burton mainstay, is Mrs. Lovett, the barber's partner-in-unspeakable-crime. It's no surprise that Depp is an excellent choice to convey Todd's brooding intensity and volcanic rage, but he can also sing a score that is so challenging it has often played in opera houses (though not with the same style as the Broadway original, Len Cariou, and he occasionally lapses into pop style). Bonham Carter is small of voice and lacks the humor of the original Broadway Lovett, Angela Lansbury, but she sings on pitch, in rhythm, and in character at the same time, which is no small feat for a Sondheim show. Aficionados will regret the loss of certain musical passages--"The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" is just an instrumental overture and the chorus is gone altogether, among others--but the reassuring presence of orchestrator Jonathan Tunick and conductor Paul Gemignani ensures that the music feels right and sounds great. And the film's depiction of a Victorian London hellhole--with cinematography by Dariusz Wolski and costumes by Colleen Atwood--also looks and feels right.

The excellent cast is filled out by Alan Rickman as the villainous Judge Turpin, Timothy Spall as his seedy Beadle, Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) as a rival barber, Jamie Campbell Bower as the young lover Anthony, Jayne Wisener as his object of affection, and Ed Sanders as the young Toby. For fans of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp who don't think they like musicals, Sweeney Todd should be a revelation (though not for the squeamish, as the gore is intense and completely appropriate). For fans of Broadway and Sondheim, it's hard to imagine getting a better adaptation than this. The fact that there's no newly composed Oscar-bait song sung by a Josh Groban-type over the end credits only makes it better. --David Horiuchi

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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 097363500643
Release Date 4/1/2008
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
Dolby Digital 5.1 [French]
Dolby Digital 5.1 [Spanish]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Notes
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Extra Features
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