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Tim Burton's Corpse Bride [HD DVD] (2005)

Johnny Depp , Helena Bonham Carter , Mike Johnson , Tim Burton  |  PG |  HD DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (613 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman, Paul Whitehouse
  • Directors: Mike Johnson, Tim Burton
  • Writers: Tim Burton, Carlos Grangel, Caroline Thompson, John August, Pamela Pettler
  • Producers: Allison Abbate
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (613 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I2JKEM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,467 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride [HD DVD]" on IMDb

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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39 of 45 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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10 of 11 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I absolutely love this movie! Tim Burton is a genius!
Published 1 day ago by eboni
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I recommend this for kids and adults. I love the storyline and every characters in the movie. Corpse Bride is cute and fun. Keeps your interest till the end.
Published 3 days ago by shopaholic_lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Like this movie Its a nice family movie
Like this movie
Its a nice family movie
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Not the best movie but still enjoyable.
Published 4 days ago by Matthew Finch
5.0 out of 5 stars Shiney and new!
Received in perfect condition, brand new, just as described :)
Published 7 days ago by PinkyPanduh
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly better quality than I thought!
It's a higher quality than I thought it would be however the mesh top & one arm is very fragile- it can very easily rip or often gets caught on the rough Velcro closure so we'll... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Aimee James
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Original. Unica. Increíble.
Published 13 days ago by Isabel Luna
5.0 out of 5 stars Both daughter and myself loved it.
A good movie for anyone to watch. I thought it was funny but good.
Published 13 days ago by lisamcnew
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good!
Published 13 days ago by Kenneth J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good product
Item as described, great packaging, perfect delivery. It is a creepy cartoon for four olds, she didn't keep interested long, no ones fault, just adding my opinion, I didn't see a... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Brenda
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Thank you for posting this request - I couldn't agree more. The good news on this particular title seems to be that the HD editions (both HD DVD and Blu-ray titles almost certainly derive from the same HD transfer) offer noticeably improved image clarity and depth.
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