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Ed Wood (Special Edition) (1994)

Johnny Depp , Martin Landau , Stefan Czapsky , Tim Burton  |  R |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (372 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones
  • Directors: Stefan Czapsky, Tim Burton
  • Writers: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (372 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000VD04M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,764 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ed Wood (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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From Tim Burton, acclaimed director of BIG FISH, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, and BATMAN, and the producer of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, comes the hilarious, true-life story of the wackiest filmmaker in Hollywood history, Ed Wood! Johnny Depp (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, CHOCOLAT, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS) stars as the high-spirited movieman who refuses to let unfinished scenes, terrible reviews, and hostile studio executives derail his big-screen dreams. With an oddball collection of showbiz misfits, Ed takes the art of bad moviemaking to an all-time low! The all-star cast features Bill Murray (LOST IN TRANSLATION, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS), Sarah Jessica Parker (TV's SEX AND THE CITY), Patricia Arquette (STIGMATA, LITTLE NICKY), and an Academy Award(R)-winning performance by Martin Landau (Best Supporting Actor, 1994) as Bela Lugosi. Hailed by critics everywhere, this laugh-packed comedy hit is sure to entertain everyone!

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197 of 207 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Films You've Probably Never Seen June 8, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Ed Wood (1924-1978) is generally regarded as the single worst film maker to emerge from Hollywood. This is not really true, for there were and are aplenty worse. But one thing has always set Wood above the pack, and that was his own unshakable faith in his talent. Unfortunately, the faith was misplaced and the talent was nonexistent--and although this Tim Burton film takes a slew of liberties with the facts of Wood's life and career, it does a remarkable job of capturing them as Wood likely saw them through the filter of his own outrageous ego.
The film has two tremendous assets: the performers and its visual style. Johnny Depp leads the cast in the title role, and it is a virtuoso performance, for he entices us to like a man whose self-blindness would normally lead an audience to reject him out of hand; the performance is incredibly witty, wildly over the top, and yet it contains just enough pathos to allow us to relate to Wood on a human level. But the real stunner in the cast is Martin Landau, who picked up a Best Supporting Academy Award for his performance as Bela Lugosi, a legendary actor who was very much a forgotten star (not to mention morphine addict) by the time Wood befriended him in the early 1950s.
As with Wood himself, the film plays fast and loose with the facts of Lugosi's life, but it nonetheless captures something very essential about both Lugosi and the Hollywood that destroyed him, something very elemental that transcends the weird comedy of the piece. And Landau gives the performance of his career; you truly believe that this is Lugosi before you, a strange but appealing mixture of faltering humanity and arrogance desperate for an audience now lost to him.
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Loving Tribute to Ineptitude November 12, 2003
Format:DVD
Why make a movie about the man universally regarded as the worst filmmaker of all time?
Well, simply because the word "worst" does not even adequately describe Ed Wood. He was the absolute, undisputable worst, unrivalled in his mindless disregard for decent production values, coherent storytelling, credible scriptwriting, and competent acting. If he were just "the worst," he would be no more than a mere footnote in cinematic history. But by single-handedly redefining the standards of ineptitude, Wood achieved that rare status of lovable loser. I mean, really, you have to admire someone who approaches his craft with so much grit and determination and so little talent.
It takes an A-grade cast to bring to life this story of Z-grade moviemaking. And we have one. Johnny Depp delivers a performance of fire in the title role, giving us a lot of insight into the character that Ed Wood was. Martin Landau (in an Oscar-winning performance) doesn't just portray Bela Lugosi. By golly, he becomes Lugosi, almost convincing us that the horror movie legend was resurrected for this project. Sarah Jessica Parker, Jeffrey Jones, Bill Murray, George "The Animal" Steele, and Lisa Marie comprise the ensemble cast that portrays a motley crew of rank amateurs. Think about it, these people had to re-enact the shooting of Wood's movies, looking serious but coming out funny, and doing all that with a straight face.Try that, folks.
Appreciate too, the film's most memorable line. At the premiere night of Plan 9 From Outer Space, Wood declares with unqualified conviction: "This is it. This is the one I'll be remembered for."
Whether you're a fan of bad movies or not, you simply have to see Ed Wood. It's not often that a film comes along that makes you like a man who so admirably succeeded at being a failure.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You're the ruler of the galaxy! Show a little taste!" January 7, 2003
By jenbird
Format:VHS Tape
At last, the whole (shocking!) story of Edward D. Wood, Jr. I enjoyed everything, from the acting down to the musical score (fans of "Dracula" will notice that movie's opening theme plays in several scenes). Johnny Depp is a hoot as Ed Wood, and Martin Landau absolutely shines as Bela Lugosi---he certainly deserved the Ocsar he won for the role.
The film is by turns hilarious and sad. There are loads of great one-liners ("Yes, but if you take that ... and put a star in it, then you've got something!") and other endearingly funny moments. Landau's portrayal of Lugosi provides most of the pathos, showing us the tragic decline of a man who tried his best to work until the very end.
"Filmmaking is not about the little details. It's all about the big picture!" Tim Burton has done a wonderul job with both in this movie.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
This is my favorite movie for so many reasons, that I don't have the coherence of thought to express them all. So, here are my top ten reasons why you should buy Ed Wood (right now!):
10. Filmed in gorgeous Black and White
9. An Oscar-winning performance by Martin Landau
8. A "should have won an Oscar" performance by Johnny Depp
7. A gigantic fake rubber octopus
6. Mariachis
5. Johnny Depp wearing multiple dresses.
4. Black booties
3. Angora sweaters
2. It's the best film ever made about what movies can mean to us
1. There's not one bad line, or false note, or miscast performance. It's perfect!
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 200th Review!!!! November 23, 2001
By Barry
Format:VHS Tape
Well folks, I thought long and hard on what film to mark my 200th review. I thought of this one. One of my all time favorite movies. Hopefully, it will be yours as well. Director Tim Burton really outdoes himself with this brilliant film about the worst filmmaker ever. Johnny Depp plays Ed Wood, a man so in love with Hollywood and filmmaking, that he doesn't see that he has no talent for it. But, in his own mind, he thought he was really making great cinematic art. He was a cross dresser who was not gay. He had a history of wearing pink angora sweaters. He would even sometimes wear them to work!. Ed Wood's films have become famous because of their horribly incompetent filmmaking. Bad actors, cheap sets and effects, and so on. But Good old Ed, god bless his heart, thought he was making 'Gone With The Wind' every time. Martin Landau is on hand delivering a jaw droppingly brilliant performance of old horror star Bela Lugosi. His performance is incredible. One of the best performances I've ever seen. He deserved ten Oscars instead of one. Bill Murray gives one of his best performances ever as Bunny Breckinridge, an actor of Ed's looking to having a sex change. Patricia Arquette and Sarah Jessica Parker play the women in Ed's life. Landau's own daughter, Juliet Landau, has a part. Burton's girlfriend Lisa Marie plays Vampira. The film was shot in glorious black and white, and it was a brilliant move on Burton's part. It really adds to the feel of the time and the movies Ed made. Depp is great. He is definitley one of the best actors of our generation. His interpretation of Wood is upbeat and hilarious. Even in the bad times, he still shows Ed having a sunny outlook. This is one great film that did not get great box office returns. What a travesty. Some people just don't understand things. I'm telling you right now : this is a great movie to be treasured. A genuine film classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Johnny Depp proves he ia a fantastic actor! The movie presents all it's characters in such a way that you can't help but love and care for them. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Curt Chappell
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing. I saw it the first time twenty years ...
Simply amazing. I saw it the first time twenty years ago when it came out, and I loved it then, too. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Mick
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent
Published 14 days ago by Rodolfo Piedra
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
didn't like it
Published 17 days ago by Pat Gurley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 20 days ago by Lisa M Wykert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good shipping and quality Blu Ray conversion; Johnny Depp fantastic as usual
Published 24 days ago by Steve Kur
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Burton film
I don't need to say too much about this film. I just have to make the minimum word quota. This is Tim Burton's greatest moment as a director. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Insert generic name here
4.0 out of 5 stars A Stylish Tribute To Ed, Bela, and Company
Worth the price of admission for Martin Landau as Lugosi! Depp also excellent as Wood. George "The Animal" Steele plays a superb Tor Johnson ( a natural since both also pro... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jack Pripusich
5.0 out of 5 stars Ed Wood
Weird film. A lot of cool uses of lighting and camera techniques.
Published 1 month ago by GOPACKGO!XLV
5.0 out of 5 stars Who makes the casting decisions around here?
This is comedy to die for! Johnny Depp was absolutely masterful as the befuddled and doomed Hollywood schlockmeister Edward D. Wood Jr. And Martin Landau's Lugosi was perfection! Read more
Published 1 month ago by walker
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