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Ed Wood (SE)
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Dec 7, 2004 By: Indiana Sev
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Director:
Tim Burton

Actors:
Johnny Depp
Patricia Arquette
Martin Landau

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Tim Burton offers up a comedic biopic focusing on the life and career of the so-called worst director of all-time, Edward D. Wood Jr. The movie concentrates primarily on the period between 1953 and 1959, when Ed wrote, produced and directed such B-movie clunkers as GLEN OR GLENDA, JAIL BAIT, BRIDE OF THE MONSTER and PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE. Rumor has it Burton will soon tackle the life and times of the second worst director of all-time: Joel Schumacher.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Its funny how the movie version of the life of one of the worst directors of all-time resulted in one of the most creative and funny movies of the 1990s. Actually, its not really surprising when you consider the director of this film is the same off-the-wall genius that not only brought us BEETLE JUICE but EDWARD SCISSORHANDS as well. Add to that the quirky biopic screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT, MAN ON THE MOON) who have a knack for mixing fact and fiction with tremendous zeal and a great sense of fun. It also features the role Johnny Depp shouldve gotten his first Oscar nomination for. Landaus Academy Award winning turn as Bela Lugosi isnt the only acting highlight of the film either; everybody from wrestler George The Animal Steele to Jeffrey Jones gives just the right kind of kitzchy performance that this movie requires.

ED WOOD works in every possible way a movie can. Its an inspiration to all the cab-driving screenwriters and waiter/actors out there who simply wont relent til they reach their goals. Its a love letter to a director who Burton obviously felt some sort of real connection with and had a ton of respect for. Its a tribute to Bela Lugosi, a once world-renowned movie star that saw his career plummet due to drug addiction and a Hollywood era that no longer existed. But I mostly admire this film, and particularly Tim Burton for making Ed Wood into a hero in this film. Through all the hard times and setbacks Ed faced, he always seems to have that distinctive and endearing smile on his face, simply because he loved what he was doing and the people he was doing it with. There is a lot to admire about what Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and Martin Landau have done here, transporting us to a time and place when even making bad movies had its own innocent charm. There is a lot to admire about ED WOOD
THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes: There are 5 in all and all of them are worthy of checking out. A couple of them I now wish had made the final cut. My favorite is the heartfelt Dinner at the Johnsons clip in which Tor Johnson invites Ed to eat with him and his family after the breakup with his first girlfriend (Sarah Jessica Parker).

Audio Commentary: Director Tim Burton, screenwriters Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, actor Martin Landau, director of photography Stefan Czapsky and costume designer Colleen Atwood all participate. The commentary tracks are separate for each of the participants which takes away some of the spontaneity but they all nevertheless give you everything and anything youll want to know about the production. It also limits the lulls, so in the end I found this to be an above average commentary track that I really enjoyed.

Pie Plates Over Hollywood (13 minutes): I seldom find the accounts of the production designer interesting on DVD extras but this time was different. The films production designer Tom Duffield speaks (among other things) of the challenges he faced when constructing sets that would have to mesh well with the black and white look the film would ultimately have. He also takes us through many of the sketches and ideas he had in his notebooks while in production. On the whole, this is one set talk feature that I found thoroughly interesting.

Making Bela (8 minutes): What it took to transform actor Martin Landau into the legendary Hungarian boogeyman Bela Lugosi. Landau and makeup wiz Rick Baker take us through the journey. Landaus explanations of what it took emotionally and physically to make Lugosi come to life and make us care for him is the main highlight here, not the same ole makeup routine talk

The Theremin (7 minutes): The theremin is a special electronic instrument that was featured in the score of ED WOOD. In this feature, the films composer and a theremin expert both expand on the role this instrument played in the film. The instrument itself is fascinating; the talk about it is a little less so

Lets Shoot This F#*%$r! (13 minutes): This is a behind-the-scenes featurette with the king of cool, Johnny Depp. As you would expect anything hosted by Johnny Depp to be it rocks! Seriously, this is one of the best behind-the-scenes extras Ive seen. It actually takes you there on set rather than it being just an endless series of interviews with the cast & crew telling you how great everyone is.

Theatrical Trailer

Music Video
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
For its gorgeous B&W presentation, spot on score and wondrous mood-setting opening sequence alone, ED WOOD should be part of your collection; but I think Ive given ample reasons as to why it would be a shame for anyone not to own what is, in my mind, a truly touching and entertaining tribute to two of Hollywoods most legendary and notorious misfits
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