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Product Details

  • Actors: Ray Winstone, David Warner, Essie Davis, Gabriel Spahiu, Anthony O'Donnell
  • Directors: Dave Moore
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ACORN MEDIA
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MR9CXW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,402 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sweeney Todd - The Director's Cut" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Footage not seen in the BBC broadcast
  • Sweeney Todd background essay
  • Cast filmographies

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Ray Winstone, David Bradley, Essie Davis. 18th century London provides the backdrop for Sweeney Todd who, after spending 20 years in a hell-hole prison for a crime he didn't commit, now finds himself battling murderous impulses. Meanwhile, his new lady friend's meat pies become the subject of a police investigation. 2006/color/95 min/NR/widescreen.


This gripping version of the notorious legend of a murderous barber throws out all the melodrama of the popular Sondheim musical. Instead, this BBC drama of Sweeney Todd treats the antihero as realistically as possible, with compelling results. After spending most of his childhood in the brutal Newgate prison, Sweeney Todd (Ray Winstone, Sexy Beast) becomes a reputable barber--but when he finds a vicious prison guard in his barber's chair, Todd can't keep himself from slitting the man's throat. From there, his bloodthirst grows compulsive, particularly after his life becomes entangled with a younger married woman, Mrs. Lovett (buxom Essie Davis, Girl with a Pearl Earring), whose pie shop begins receiving gifts of unspecified meat... Sweeney Todd skillfully weaves the most popular elements of the legend into a plausible story, adding in sardonic humor, nihilistic philosophy, and a few gruesome twists that will be appreciated by anyone with a taste for the macabre. Winstone's performance turns Todd into a sympathetic figure--without excusing or lessening his crimes. All in all, an excellent version of the story, well-produced, cleverly written, and cleanly directed. (The Director's Cut apparently includes a bit more gore than was in the original broadcast.) Also featuring David Warner (who played Jack the Ripper in Time After Time). --Bret Fetzer

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Great rendition of this story.
Theodore France
Had to go out and buy another copy that was not blu ray.
Larry Brake
Its not a matter of if it will crash but when.
W. Powell

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Although some have tried to argue that he was an actual person, it seems likely that the story of a throat-cutting barber named Sweeney Todd arose first as a bit of urban myth that was developed into an 1846 story titled THE STRING OF PEARLS by writer Thomas Prest. A year later the story was adapted to the stage as SWEENEY TODD, THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET. It proved a popular ticket, and in age that knew little of copyright law, versions of the play were soon springing up all over the place, each one tweaking the story a little bit in the process. Consequently, it is almost impossible to say that any one particular version is "more authentic" than any other.

In this particular version, filmed for BBC in 2006, Todd (Ray Winstone)is a barber who spent twenty years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Released, he finds himself shaving a prison guard and on sudden impulse slits the man's throat. One thing leads to another, as you might say, and he soon makes the acquaintance of bake-shop worker Mrs. Lovett (Essie Davis); his fondness for her not only leads him to set her up in her own business, but to supply the occasional cut of meat as well. The twist to this particular version of the story is in the relationship between Todd and Lovett, the latter of whom is more sinned against than sinning.

The script is quite clever, essentially winding most of Todd's motives (including his interest in Mrs. Lovett) around his own mistreatment while an inmate of the notorious Newgate prison, and both Winstone and Davis are extremely impressive in their performances. But for all the blood, and there is aplenty, and for all the sex, and there is some, the film looks exactly like what it is: a made-for-television movie.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 26, 2009
Format: DVD
Sweeney Todd (Dave Moore, 2006)

Sometime in the past decade or so, Ray Winstone has quietly gone from being a stock heavy (for example, in 1997's brilliant heist flick Face) to being one of Britain's best, and most versatile, actors. Nowhere has he shown this more than in Dave Moore's striking adaptation of Sweeney Todd, with Winstone playing the title character. A number of film versions of this story that I've seen have been simplified, glossing over some of the darker elements of the story (which is an odd thing to say about a story whose central figure is a serial killer), but Moore (Wallis and Edward) revels in the stuff that's outside the realm of the accepted, and it shows.

In case you've been living in a cave the past few hundred years, Sweeney Todd is a delicate, uplifting love story involving the title character (Winstone), a London barber (remember that back in the day, barbers also performed surgery) and the woman down the street, Mrs. Lovett (Girl with a Pearl Earring's Essie Davis), a former prostitute who now runs a pie shop. The two form a symbiotic relationship; Lovett refers folks to Todd. Todd kills them, then returns the bodies to Lovett, who makes them into pies. Free meat! Bigger profits, and it's probably better than you'd get from your local Megacorp. Needless to say, the police are concerned about the large number of disappearances, and Mrs. Lovett's husband, a nasty brute of a man, is starting to get suspicious. Needless to say, the bodies keep piling up. Didn't I say it was uplifting?

The Sweeney Todd bio has been done about a thousand times on stage and screen, with varying degrees of effectiveness. This one is done very well indeed, especially for a TV movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 1, 2008
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"Sweeney Todd: The Director's Cut," a 2006 television production of the classic horror story for the British Broadcasting Corporation, reached these shores as a DVD in 2007. It stars Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast,Beowulf), in the title role; was written by Joshua St. Johnston and directed by David Moore. As a director's cut, it includes footage not seen in the broadcast - beware, sensitive souls, it's intensely violent. It also boasts a Sweeney Todd background essay, cast filmographies, and, thank goodness, unadvertised closed captioning: characters in this movie are doing their best to speak early London English. The movie is set in eighteenth century London, where the first, Victorian treatment of this famous horror tale placed it; it runs about an hour and a half.

The award-winning Winstone, who is of cockney origins himself, and a former boxer, succeeds in making the demon barber of Fleet Street a believable human being. Essie Davis (Girl With a Pearl Earring) makes Mrs. Lovett into a lusty young woman, more sinned-against than sinning. And the veteran David Warner (Titanic, Tom Jones (1963),) makes his blind police chief Fielding quite credible, and moving.
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The Canadian Sweeney Todd
I remember Barry Morse's Sweeney Tood very well, it was the first time I had seen any production of the story, and started my interest in the subject. I believe it was an older play than the one used for Sondheim's version. I also believe it was also done by CBC radio and might still be... Read More
Jan 10, 2008 by Big Georgia Dave |  See all 2 posts
Sweeney Todd: the true story?
There may be a little Historical fact behind this to, not in England however. If you look across the channel into France there is a very simular reported event in Paris around 1800. The story being published in "The Terrific Register: Or, Record of Crimes, Judgements, Providences, and... Read More
Jul 31, 2007 by Andrew J. Pine |  See all 3 posts
Is this in anamorphic widescreen?
Sorry to be late to the discussion -- this is indeed 16:9 anamorphic widescreen. Dunno where the 1.66:1 aspect ratio came from.
Apr 27, 2007 by D. Brian Bennett |  See all 2 posts
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