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listen10. The ContestSacha Baron Cohen, Johnny Depp, Tomothy Spall 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen17. God, That's Good!Edward Sanders, Helena Bonham Carter 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. By The SeaJohnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Not While I'm AroundEdward Sanders, Helena Bonham Carter 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Final SceneJohnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jayne Wisener, Laura Michelle Kelly, Alan Rickman10:21Album Only

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  • Audio CD (December 18, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000X4OVLM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,474 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This Deluxe Complete Edition of the Sweeney Todd film soundtrack contains the complete music from the film. It is specially-packaged with an 80-page bound booklet, with lyrics and photographs.

Stephen Sondheim's Grand-Guignol blend of opera and musical theater is a perfect match for director Tim Burton's gothic sensibility. The result of their encounter is a superb screen musical that, despite early fears from the show's fans, preserves most of the score ("The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" being the most egregious loss) and, perhaps even more importantly, its spirit (regular Sondheim orchestrator Jonathan Tunick did the new arrangements). And yes, Johnny Depp can sing. Granted, singing in a movie is easier than it is onstage, but still, Depp is at ease with the material, if a little thin-voiced. Helena Bonham Carter is a bit more problematic as Mrs. Lovett (there's a reason this character has been played by the likes of Angela Lansbury and Patti LuPone on stage) and her take on "The Worst Pies in London" tries hard but lacks gleeful gusto (she fares better on "By the Sea"). More convincing are Sacha Baron Cohen, appropriately outlandish as Pirelli ("The Contest"), Jayne Wisener as Johanna ("Green Finch and Linnet Bird"), and Alan Rickman as Judge Turpin (a good duet with Depp on "Pretty Women"). Sondheim fans won't be disappointed, and the film should also bring new converts into his world. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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Now I can't wait till it comes out on DVD.
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If you have seen the movie and were as entranced with the music as I, then I can definitely recommend this soundtrack.
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Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall & Sacha Baron Cohen (HOLY BORAT!!!)

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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Nnie the Hideous New Girl on December 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I can completely understand why fans of Hearn and Lansbury's Sweeney and Lovett (and same for fans of LuPone and the like) were inconsolable after hearing these tracks. I think, however, the crucial difference isn't the quality of the music, but the medium it was made for. Burton stripped the Broadway out of this show, and it shows. Does this make the performances and tracks bad? Heck no! Quite the opposite, I argue!

Please, however, see the film first. You will appreciate the soundtrack so much more with the visuals accompanying it. And those completely sold on the stage shows should hopefully at least see why Depp and Carter were best suited for the big screen and not the stage... and there's a reason this movie's been getting stellar reviews and appreciation from Depp, Burton, and Sweeney fans alike! Depp, unlike Hearn, plays an emotionally drained and hollow Sweeney, and his voice, unlike Hearn's, is growling and full of contempt and dispassion. Makes you wonder why Depp was never in a rock band.

Carter replaces the jolly, enthusiastic Lovett with a bitter-sweet cynical Lovett, and her voice is arguably the weakest, but her performance is an interesting if not very different take on the character. Alan Rickman's deep, sensuous voice seems almost too perfect for the lecherous judge Turpin, and I found his duet with Depp, "Pretty Women" to be a particular highlight on this album. The real gems, however, are Sacha Baron Cohen and Sanders as Pirelli and Toby.

To conclude, this isn't the Sweeney Todd you've heard before. It isn't better. It isn't worse. It is what it is, which is a solid and moving soundtrack for a well-cast movie.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By James Morris on December 19, 2007
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I received the soundtrack for Sweeney Todd today, and although I have not seen the film yet (it will open in three days), I am more looking forward to seeing the movie than ever. The soundtrack was a pleasant - I shouldn't say "surprise"; I expected to like it - let's say a wholly satisfying experience, for more than one reason.

Firstly, as stated by Mr. Sondheim, be forewarned that the film is not exactly the same as the stage version. That said, the score appears to be as close to the original as one could hope. I only noticed a few cuts and some minor changes here and there in the various numbers, and although (as had been announced) whole portions of the score have been excised for the purpose of trimming the running time, many of the small, subtle changes Mr. Sondheim has made in the lyrics are decided improvements. There is, if I heard correctly on my first listen, a whole verse missing from "Priest". While I lament (as many will) the deletion of some grand moments of wit, especially in the chorus and opening, enough of the original score has been preserved, and preserved well, for me to feel an enormous satisfaction upon my first listen. Although I haven't seen the film yet, I have a feeling (and certainly hope) that the single-disc CD omits some portions of the music that are in the film.

Many have complained already that the singing is a bit weak, but for me, the voices were no problem at all. Many theatre fans and critics consider Stephen Sondheim to be the most accomplished theatre composer of the 20th century. Although lauded as his masterwork, Sweeney Todd is not my favorite Sondheim score, but I never argue with those who praise it as his best work, and they certainly have good reason for their assessment.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David A. Smith on December 31, 2007
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I have been listening to Sweeney Todd for almost twenty years - from Angela Lansbury and George Hearn to the present, but there is something magical about this new version. True, the singers are not quite as powerful or polished, but they are so much more in the moment, so much more real. Johnny Depp's first words in "No Place Like London" made it immediately clear that this was something new - a musical that was not just about the tunes. It contained the rage, emotion and pain that allowed us to follow Sweeney from Heaven to Hell. I can't get this out of my head. (The movie is the best thing that Tim Burton has ever created as well.)

This full version includes all of the songs and is the one to get. Well worth the extra money.

Finally, my thanks to Warner for finally getting a clue. People will buy your music if you make it easy for them and stop treating them like criminals.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 10, 2008
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After reading the reviews I refused to write anything untill I had heard all the other versions of "Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street." I did see the movie before witnessing and musical of Sweeney Todd so I may be biased but my interpretation is that of a musician. I have studied music for over seven years. After seeing the movie Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet street the first thing I remarked upon was the orchesta. I thought for sure I would see the London Philharmonic orchestra listed at the end of the movie. I was very impressed by the music in the movie and when after researching over 5 different sites to find that the orchestra was local to the set. Now after hearing several stage productions of Sweeney Todd and and the movie I can see why musical originals are upset. Sweeney Todd originally is really an opera instead of a musical where the singing takes over the plot. The vibrato of the singers is overwhelming for the plot and was hard for me to enjoy after being overtaxed by Burton's adaptation. I felt Tim Burton turned the plot into more of a musical/acting piece instead of an opera. He focused more on the portrayl of characters rather than the songs which made it far more enjoyable for more people. I have to give credit to Sondheim for his genius to be interpretted in many different ways.

Those people who had seen the musical were expecting the character of Mrs. Lovett to take the show. This is because of the way it was originally interpretted. According to the original interpretation of Sweeney Todd, it should have been named Mrs. Lovett's pie shop. Her songs are the most difficult and important to the plot. So musical goers were expecting phenmoenal when Helena Bonham Carter delivered a really good show it did not seem enough.
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Jayne Wisener - Any Thoughts?
Her voice was so thin and whipsy. There was no meat behind it. She's singing a song about how she is trapped, and how she wishes she could adapt, but just cannot... She wants to escape. Her voice certainly did not lead me to believe that. It was way too soft. A song like that should be sung... Read More
Dec 26, 2007 by Thomas Jacobsen |  See all 3 posts
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I am SO tired of Ms. Lupone, who suddenly thinks she is the first lady of Broadway or something. The revival sucked - I saw it with a friend, who didn't know the show, and he couldn't figure out what was going on. Who could blame him - I know the score inside out, and I could barely follow it. ... Read More
Dec 21, 2007 by Picky Fella |  See all 16 posts
so no ballad on this either?
The Ballad being referred to is The Ballad of Sweeney Todd.

I'm a little disappointed to see it's not here, but it doesn't really make sense to have it, since they are doing the story as it actually happens, not afterwards like the stage production does.
Dec 2, 2007 by K. Reinking |  See all 11 posts
the ballads were cut from the film.
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