Sweeney Todd DVD Review


Do I think Johnny Depp is the greatest singer in the world? Probably not, but he really holds his own in the big screen version of Sondheim’s brilliant and dark musical. Helena Bonham Carter is delightful as his cooky downstairs neighbor Mrs. Lovett, who holds a torch for the demon barber and whose singing is pretty darn good. You have to wonder how many times she’s going to let real-life hubby Tim Burton tell her to wear her hair in a horrible mess on her head before she bakes him in a meat pie. Johnny Depp is always great in a dark and scary role like this. The direction is typical of Tim Burton – possibly to a fault, where it’s not as original as it could have been, but it’s nothing you don’t expect. The over-done-ness of the blood and gore is campy and I think a perfect addition to making us realize just how full of anger and vengeance the title character really is. The supporting cast is great too – Alan Rickman, Sacha Baron Cohen, and newcomer Jamie Campbell Bower really shine in their widely different roles.
Runtime: 1 Hr. 56 Min. Sec.
Languages: English, French Dubbed & Subtitled, Spanish Dubbed & Subtitled
Audio: 5.1 Surround
US Rating: R – For Graphic Bloody Violence
DVD Features:
• Featurette: Burton + Depp + Carter = Todd
• Interview: Sweeney Todd Press Conference, November 2007
• Featurette: Sweeney Todd is Alive: The Real History of the Demon Barber
• Featurette: Musical Mayhem: Sondheim's Sweeney Todd
• Featurette: Sweeney's London
• Featurette: The Making of Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
• Featurette: Grand Guignol: A Theatrical Tradition
• Featurette: Designs for a Demon Barber
• Featurette: A Bloody Business
• Interview: Moviefone Unscripted with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp
• Featurette: The Razor's Refrain
• Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
• Photo Gallery: Photo Gallery