Edward Scissorhands 25th Anniversary
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Johnny Depp delivers the performance of a lifetime as Edward, an irresistibly charming creation with razor-sharp metal hands and a heart of gold. Edward's lonely life in a Gothic castle changes forever when he meets a kindhearted Avon Lady (Dianne Wiest), who takes him to a pastel paradise known as Suburbia. Thanks to his fantastic talents, Edward becomes a neighborhood sensation, but when he falls in love with Kim (Winona Ryder), he must go to extraordinary lengths to protect her.
The beautifully restored 25th ANNIVERSARY Blu-ray showcases Burton's magical use of color, light and shadow, with clear, rich detail in even the darkest scenes.
Tim Burton and Caroline Thompson.
Tim Burton, Denise Di Novi, Richard Hashimoto, and Caroline Thompson.
Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Robert Oliveri, Conchata Ferrell, Alan Arkin and Vince Price.
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this beloved masterpiece starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton. Depp delivers the performance that launched his career, as Edward, an irresistibly charming creation with razor-sharp metal hands and a heart of gold. Edward s lonely life in a Gothic castle changes forever when he meets a kindhearted Avon Lady (Dianne Wiest), who takes him to a pastel paradise known as Suburbia. Thanks to his fantastic talents, Edward becomes a neighborhood sensation, but when he falls in love with Kim (Winona Ryder), he must go to extraordinary lengths to protect her.
**Audio Commentary Tracks by Tim Burton & Danny Elfman
**Original Theatrical Trailer
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This is the surreal fable of a young man who was built, not born, and whose creator dies before he can finish him, leaving him alone, with scissors for hands. He’s found and adopted by a sweet, if slightly daffy Avon lady – Diane Weist in another of an endless series of brilliant supporting performances. She takes young orphan Edward down from the near black and white castle in which the lives to the bright pastel world of the suburban town below. (A world almost as surreal in it’s exaggerated way as his lonely castle.
There the outcast finds a place, and maybe even love, but is there really room for the truly different in our society? A film in which everything is bigger than life, but infused with heart and the bitter-sweetness of life itself. It brings a smile to my face, and tears to my eyes on every viewing.
But while the charm endures for a time, the clever ideas begin to run short in a necessarily more worldly second act. In particular, Edward’s supposed fascination with Winona Ryder’s Kim is critically underdone. The backstory segments seem thin, as though they were an afterthought. And Burton over the later stretches seems more interested in expedience than art — getting this now-ungainly creation to its icy end.
The which, sad to say, lacks the intended joyful feel. Rather, it’s a manipulative effect at the end of a half-great film that hasn’t quite earned it.
Great cast of characters here. If I could change anything it'd probably be Winona Ryder's terrible bleach job here... ack. What an injustice to her dark yet doe-eyed beauty. I wish they'd given her black hair instead.
Still fun to watch after all these years!