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Master storyteller Tim Burton (Batman, Edward Scissorhands) weaves an eerie, enchanting version of this classic tale of horror. Johnny Depp is Ichabod Crane, an eccentric investigator determined to stop the murderous Headless Horseman. Christina Ricci is Katrina Van Tassel, the beautiful and mysterious girl with secret ties to the supernatural terror.
- Exclusive "Behind the Legend" Featurette
- Exclusive Cast & Crew Interviews
- Selected Cast Biographies
- Photo Gallery
- Sleepy Hollow Trailer
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Anyhow, this is a blu-ray. As such I always expect it to be better than previous iterations, although it seems it is always a challenge for transfers and older films that were around prior to blu-ray to get the disc quality they deserve. I'd say this one is pretty good; visually it is definitely improved from the DVD. I still don't think it's as good as it should be, but it was certainly worth the $5 I paid for it. : ) Similarly, this blu ray edition suffers from a strange problem with gain. The soundtrack is strangely way quieter than it ought to be - particularly compared to the DVD.
The story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman needs no elaboration. Burton was wise to film it in England; this gave the movie a noticeable Old World ambience, and he masterfully created a gloomy, gothic atmosphere throughout. Ironically, I thought the best performances were given by the supporting actors, not the main cast. My understanding is that most British actors earn their chops by performing Shakespeare in local theater companies. If that's true, it definitely shows. The soundtrack impressed me so much that I bought the cd. Bonus features include the ubiquitous "making of" specials, which I usually find uninteresting (and did so in this case). There were only three things I did not like about this film.
The first was a scene where Crane is examining the body of one of the Horseman's victims, who has (of course) been decapitated. Crane sprinkles some sort of chemical near the wound, which produces a chemical reaction. Crane then says, "This shows there was a powerful singular thrust to the neck." Well, duh; the man was DECAPITATED. The scene should have been edited in post production.
The second was a particularly insipid "romantic" scene between Depp and Ricci. "You CAN do magic! Teach me!" *groan*
The third was the "atheists and wiccans are good, Christian believers are bad" undercurrent that runs through the entire film. But despite these reservations, I really enjoyed the movie, and recommend buying it.
This is one of four movies I watch every Halloween, the others being Trick 'r Treat [Blu-ray], Bram Stoker's Dracula [Blu-ray], and Orgy of the Dead. I always watch "Sleepy Hollow" next-to-last, because it has a lighter tone and an upbeat ending. I don't want my evening to be TOO morbid, after all. But it's good enough to watch any time of year.
Fun fact: Christopher Walken plays the Horseman. If you've ever seen Dead Zone, The, you'll recognize the irony. In that film, Walken plays an English teacher. Just before his car accident, he promises his class that next time, they'll review Sleepy Hollow. Was this behind Burton's casting of Walken in the role? I don't know, but I wouldn't be surprised.
Favorite quote (Young Masbeth): "Is he dead?"
Crane replies: "That's the problem. He was dead to begin with!"
This is a favorite Johnny Depp movie and I've watched it several times. Some may complain by the rewriting of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, clinging to the Disney Version (which is also one of my favorites) but this one is also great, if a bit queasy on occasion. Let's simply subscribe to this happening in an alternate dimension and sit back and enjoy.
This DVD is owned by the reviewer and no remuneration was involved in the writing of this review.