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Hollywood visionary Tim Burton pays homage to another Hollywood visionary, albeit a less successful one, in this unusual fictionalized biography. The film follows Wood (Johnny Depp) in his quest for film greatness as he writes and directs turkey after turkey, cross-dresses, and surrounds himself with a motley crew of Hollywood misfits, outcasts, has-beens, and never-weres. The real story, however, is his friendship with aging, morphine-addicted Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau), whom he tries to help stage a comeback. Landau's unforgettable Oscar-winning performance must be seen to be believed, as must Rick Baker's Oscar-winning makeup. While it would have been easy to make a film simply ridiculing the bumbling director, Burton instead focuses on his driving passion for filmmaking and his unwavering persistence in the face of ridicule and failure. Possibly the most surprising aspect of the film is the genuine sentiment with which Burton treats the relationship between Wood and Lugosi; his devotion to Lugosi is touching, as is Lugosi's final soliloquy -- an inane bit of dialogue from the hilariously bad Bride of the Monster that grows into a poignant metaphor for the actor's life and ultimate triumph of his spirit. Even the look of the film is right; it manages to preserve the air of one of Wood's own films while retaining a sense of artistry in much of the composition on screen (note the scene at the drug rehab where Lugosi endures a horrifying night of detox). In all, Ed Wood is a unique film -- at times side-splittingly funny; at others, tragic or even frightening -- and a heartfelt tribute to the love of movies, good and bad alike.

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Tim Burton's 1994 masterpiece Ed Wood comes to DVD in a Special Edition from Touchstone Home Entertainment. The cult classic is presented with a black-and-white widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is remixed in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound. Optional subtitles are available in English and Spanish. An audio commentary track is provided by director Tim Burton, actor Martin Landau, co-writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, director of photography Stefan Czapsky, and costume designer Colleen Atwood. This disc is packed with special features. "Let's Shoot This F#*%@r!" is a behind-the-scenes featurette with leading man Johnny Depp. "The Theremin" is a brief look at the creation of the music for the film. "Making Bela" is a featurette about the creation of the Bela Lugosi character with actor Martin Landau and makeup designer Rick Baker. "Pie Plates Over Hollywood" is a featurette on the look of the film with production designer Tom Duffield. "When Carol Met Larry" is a featurette about real-life cross-dressers and their opinion on Ed Wood. Other special features include deleted scenes, a music video, and the original theatrical trailer. This is a highly recommended disc for a multiple Academy Award-winning film. Special Features * cc Deleted scenes * "Let's Shoot This F#*%@r!" behind-the-scenes featurette, hosted by Johnny Depp * "Making Bela" featurette about the creation of the Bela Lugosi character in the film, with actor Martin Landau and makeup designer Rick Baker * "Pie Plates Over Hollywood" featurette on the look of the film, with production designer Tom Duffield * Featurette on the use of the theremin to create music for the film * Audio commentary with director Tim Burton, actor Martin Landau, co-writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, director of photography Stefan Czapsky, and costume designer Colleen Atwood * Music video * Theatrical trailer

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WD29572 Ed Wood DVD (1994/Tim Burton) $14.99