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Sleepy Hollow (1999)
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Master storyteller Tim Burton (Batman, Edward Scissorhands) weaves an ee rie, enchanting version of this classic tale of horror. John ny Depp is Ichabod Crane, an eccentric investigator determined to stop the murderou s Headless Horseman. Christina Ricci is Katrina V an Tassel, the beautif ul and mysterious girl with secret ties to the supernatural terror.]]>
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The look and feel of the film are great. We are taken back to the late 1790s to a very convincing Sleepy Hollow that has lots of fog and smoke, distant lightning, scary jack-o-lanterns, and twisted trees. The movie has a great deal of suspense built into it, and we are treated to lots of tense moments when the horsemen is near, along with some fairly short, but sometimes very intense scenes of decapitation. The film is much more of a drama than a horror film -- the plot is quite complex and usually laid out well.
For me, one of the best parts of the film was the Danny Elfman score -- it was very rich, with lots of interesting effects built into -- brooding strings, eerie children's chorus, and tinkling bells. It added both suspense and humor to the film.
The acting was good. Johnny Depp and Tim Burton work well together -- Depp shows a nice range of emotions as the somewhat nervous Ichabod Crane who was investigating the horseman's murders. Christina Ricci played a very pretty but very mysterious young lady with links to the horsemen. The whole cast was very good and tended to play a bit over the top (this is Tim Burton after all).
A particular favorite for me was Christopher Lee in a small but powerful role as a judge who sends constable Crane off to Sleepy Hollow.
The DVD has several very good features, including commentary by Tim Burton, a nice set of interviews with cast and crew, and a good "Making of the Movie" feature that shows how a lot of the special effects (including decapitation) were done.
A good movie on a DVD with lots of features!
Johnny Depp delivers one of his most offbeat performances... and Christopher Walken as the headless horseman... and Michael Gambon... all are great.
Now about the things you want to know... the image here is top notch. Crystal clear, high definition picture as you've never seen - which is interesting: since the film has a dark cinematography you'll be amazed how well the High Def takes advantage of all it can do to give you a kind of image you'll think you only get in a movie theatre.
In fact, to see the forest with all the fog and those trees in gorgeous high definition is a trully cinematic experience. And I do believe this is one of those movies who beg for high definition - And this HD-DVD edition delivers it just as you'd expect: flawlessly.
And when it comes to sound... boy, this is incredible... an umbelievable bass runs through my living room as the horse gallops through the woods. All I can say is thast I've rarelly seen a sound design job as well done as this!
Get this HD-DVD for a true cinematic experience!
Tim Burton's back to the macabre.
Gothic, colorful and vampire-ish, Sleepy Hollow shows us the vision of this extravagant director about Washington Irving's tale. It's a melodramatic story about the quarrel between intellect and emotion, pragmatism and mysticism, science and superstition.
The sleek Constable Ichabod Crane puts science above everything. His controversial brainstorms take him to investigate a series of murders committed in the local community of Sleepy Hollow. Four people have been beheaded and everyone thinks the murderer is a headless horseman, a fierce war mercenary that came from the dead to take his vengeance.
Ichabod will try to rationalize the facts, while he struggles to resist the charms of Katrina Van Tassel, only to reach the inevitable conclusion: that there is not a logical explanation for the murders.
Visually stunning, Sleepy Hollow has some elements from the horror genre. A demonic villain that terrorizes a town. But it's also a gothic adventure with a pale hero running through skeletal trees to rescue his damsel in distress. That the hero is in more danger that the damsel is one of the great twists in this film.
As Ichabod Crane, Johnny Depp is an exquisite mix of neurosis, extravagances, manias and quirkiness. He's the antithesis of the classical hero, a coward with a brilliant mind but no experience in how to defeat an evil ghost. He's funny without being clowny.
Alongside him, there's a cast of excellent actors that help recreate Burton's story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the VHS version. Love this DVD version. Audio and visual quality are good and consistent. The storyline is easy to follow and enjoy, though Ichabod Crane was never a cop in... Read morePublished 8 days ago by University Doc
Fabulous movie! I love watching Johnny Depp as a CORONER who FAINTS AR THE SIGHT OF BLOOD! His timidity but steadfastness and then courage is fun to watch as each facet of his... Read morePublished 12 days ago by S. Lee
What can I say? It's Johnny Depp, so it's easy to watch. Great movie.
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The strongest thing about this film for me is it’s look. Almost every frame is beautiful: lighting, composition and production design coming together to create what may be the... Read morePublished 17 days ago by K. Gordon
A staple for Halloween night viewing; quite a lot of fun to watch--almost too good since my adult kids keep borrowing it and I have had to order another copy just to have one for... Read morePublished 27 days ago by K. Conlin
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