Cutthroat Competition: Review for "Sweeney Todd" 2-Disc DVD

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Sweeney sure does “polish ’em off” inn this new 2-Disc Collector’s Edition DVD. The movie is of the utmost imaginative. Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp) is a sweet, meaningful barber in love with his wife, Lucy (Laura Michelle Kelley). However, a corrupt judge (Alan Rickman) covets Barker’s wife and sends the young barber to jail on false charges. He comes back, vengeful, only to find that his wife killed herself and his daughter, Johanna, is the ward of Judge Turpin. The film is dark, but funny in some parts. The black comedy that was in the stage musical is still there. Tim Burtin goes a little haywire with the blood, but it shouldn’t be a problem for most. This tale is not supposed to be real. It’s not supposed to take place in a real London. The London that Todd slashes in is surreal. Not to mention the slashes. It’s not the gruesome and graphic slash you might find in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, but it is done in a balletic motion, very much choreographed to the song “Johanna”. It’s not the way Freddy Krueger might do it, but any way you slice it, it’s entertaining. During these killings, he is lamenting the death of his wife and the loss of his daughter. It’s a great film. The special features include an interesting documentary on the collaboration of Helena Bonham Carter, Johnnyy Depp, and Tim Burtin. My favorite featurette is Sweeney is Alive: The Real Demon Barber, which chronicles the original tale of the barber, from his first appearance in The String of Pearlsto his latest venture on the big screen. Other features include a Making Blood featurette, costume design, and more.
Film: A-
Extras: B+
Overall: A-
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