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Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (Widescreen Edition) (2006)

Johnny Depp , Helena Bonham Carter , Tim Burton , Mike Johnson  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman, Paul Whitehouse
  • Directors: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (581 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C3L27U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,422 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Inside the Two Worlds
  • Danny Elfman Interprets the Two Worlds
  • The Animators: The Breath of Life
  • Tim Burton: Dark vs. Light
  • Voices from the Underworld
  • Making Puppets Tick
  • The Voices Behind the Voice
  • The Corpse-Bride pre-production galleries
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Music-only track

Editorial Reviews

Set in a 19th century European village, this stop-motion, animated feature follows the story of Victor (voiced by JOHNNY DEPP), a young man who is whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious Corpse Bride, while his real bride, Victoria, waits bereft in the land of the living. Though life in the Land of the Dead proves to be a lot more colorful than his strict Victorian upbringing, Victor learns that there is nothing in this world, or the next, that can keep him away from his one true love.

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155 of 180 people found the following review helpful
Tim Burton's mind must be a very strange place. Remember, it's where if you commit suicide you have to work for social services in the afterlife (Ref: Beetlejuice). I'm a social worker, so I know what that means! Men with hands made of scissors, Jack Nicholson as Batman's foil...this is one sick puppy of a director.

So when you hear Mr. Burton is directing a film based on an Eastern European folktale in which one of the heroines-the heroines, mind you---is a corpse....well, family fare is not what comes to mind.

And, although it's animated, Corpse Bride definitely is not for the younger set, 9 or so and below. These characters look creepy. The title character has a habit of losing her eye and talking to the maggot, Louie, who lives behind it. Skeletons of dogs and people walk and talk about in the "underworld".

However, like Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, older children will find the animations amusing and fascinating; and parents will be pleased with the messages packaged in the film.

Briefly, "Corpse Bride" is an animated operetta in which Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp), son of fishmongers, is engaged to Victoria, (Emily Watson) the daughter of nobles who are now penniless. Neither know each other but meet accidentally and fall in love. When Victor stumbles over his complicated wedding vows at the rehearsal, he's humiliated by a stranger at the wedding (Richard E. Grant) and walks in the woods to practice. When he says the vows, he places the ring on a "twig" that turns out to be the finger of Emily (Helena Bonham-Carter), the Corpse Bride, who of course jumps up and happily informs him they are married. (She's very pretty, by the way, dead or not).
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie with great authoring January 4, 2007
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Corpse Bride was the first Blu-Ray movie I couldn't wait to see. I had it on DVD and viewed it many times and as I knew the movie inside and out, along with the issues with displaying the SD DVD on my HD TV, I was excited to be able to make a side by side comparison between the 2 releases.

Corpse Bride on Blu-Ray completely blows the other Blu-Ray movies I own out of the water in terms of authoring. The clarity of the image is astounding and the difference between DVD and Blu-Ray is made overly apparent when you can do a comparison of the 2 directly.

In the Blu-Ray release of CB you can see the texture of the puppets' faces, something certainly lacking in the DVD. You can also see in the skeleton dance scene some of the metal bits holding the puppets together. On the DVD you can see it but it is difficult or nearly impossible to tell what the shiny piece is.

As far as the movie, it's a great love story in Tim Burton's typical twisted fashion.

Definitely worth checking out as a movie but also worthy of checking out what Blu-Ray is capable of.
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58 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death suits them! October 24, 2005
By milss
Tim Burton creates a stunning masterpiece that keeps all the parameters typical in his productions. Combining the macabre and childish elements with stop motion animation techniques, Burton gives life to a fantastic story, just as he did in 1993 with the superb Nightmare before Christmas.

The store serves the director as an excuse to build yet another visual fantasy, supported by the voices of several of his favorite actors: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Albert Finney and Christopher Lee.

The ironic and funny style of Burton portraying death repeats itself, forming and obscure and complex world. The principal characters are no other but a dead bride, a colorful number of skeletons, some monsters and a shy and repressed young man.

The plot of The Corpse's Bride is based on a traditional Ukrainian tale about a girl murdered on her weeding day and waiting since then for her true love.

In a Victorian England village lives Victor van Dort, a melancholic young man pressed by his wealthy but uneducated family to engage to a broken but aristocrat young woman named Victoria Everglot, whose parents despise the Van Dorts but want to solve their economical problems with this convenience marriage.

During a wedding rehearsal at the Everglot's house, Victor goes out to practice his vows, and accidentally says the words on a dead bride's tomb, who has been expecting since her dead for her true love to say the words that magically will free her to be happily ever after.

From that point, Victor goes on a journey in the land of the dead with his new bride.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent on Blu-Ray August 18, 2007
Format:Blu-ray
This Blu-Ray version is much better than the dvd. The clarity is SUPERB. It really doesn't do it justice to try to describe it. It's like trying to compare a steak to a hamburger. You just gotta watch it. By the way, I especially liked the behind-the-scenes making of the movie and seeing the clay puppets being put together frame by frame.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New meaning of 'til death us do part... September 7, 2006
Format:DVD
If you've seen other Tim Burton movies then this one will not disappoint. It has the style the humor and the poignancy he's known for. One point -- I didn't expect, can't imagine how I didn't hear, well -- it's a musical. The first time they burst into song I sort of sat there blinking like a caution light.

Short blurb: Parent arrange wedding between poor but aristocratic girl and rich but trade boy. Surprise they like each other when they finally meet. Boy is clumsy at the rehersal. Evil wedding guest of brides parents is cutting in remarks. Boy runs away and practices in the cemetery and end up marrying a corpse. Corpse bride is a nice girl who was jilted by her finance and killed. Boy tries to get to his 'living' bride. Lots of stuff happens and you can guess the end.

The animation is wonderful and filled with lots of little things in the background that just make the movie a treat for the eyes -- of course Corpse Bride is noir but that doesn't mean it doesn't have it's sight gags (the 'head' waiter in the graveyard bar). Dark and creepy with an inner beauty and strong core of love and redemption.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Thanks guys I am so happy to finalle get this copy to my-self. me and my little girl love this movie.
Published 8 days ago by Andre McNeil
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST STOP MOTION FILM EVER MADE!
Stunning Animation And Good Story.
A Very Must Watch For All Ages.
And Also A Very Great Ending For A Very Great Movie.

Don't Miss This!
Published 10 days ago by Joelers Ortegah
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
Bought this movie because I collect Johnny Depp movies. I am a HUGE fan of his. It's a good movie for older kids.
Published 14 days ago by brandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good family movie
Makes my daughter happy? Her favorite director and Jack Skelington is a great character, great story. Good family movie for all ages.
Published 18 days ago by Michael M
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim burton is great.
I chose this rating because Tim Burton is a very good actor, And he is a really great in all his movies. Read more
Published 20 days ago by melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Work of Art
Tim Burton is a genius. His movies are just so unique, it's hard to describe. I am so happy I bought this movie!
Published 22 days ago by Kylie Gross
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS MOVIE
we are big Tim Burton Fans... this is a gotta have for your collection. Great quality, pic sound ... great story..
Published 29 days ago by Teresa DaVinci
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love it
Happy I got it kids love it play it for kids Halloween party . They all love this movie big smile
Published 1 month ago by Yari
1.0 out of 5 stars No Thanks.
being a huge fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas, this Tim Burton film was really disappointing. I just didn't love it. I felt like there should have been more magic and mystery. Read more
Published 1 month ago by desiree
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie but Not Delivered To Me Yet
My children STILL love this movie just as much as they did when they were younger...which is why this is the SIXTH copy of it that I have purchased for them after they totally wore... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robin L. Sanders
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