High above the town in a lonely, gothic mansion, lived a man called Edward Scissorhands. His hands were cold but his heart was warm. You see Edward Scissorhands wasn't a real man – he was a creation. And his life forever changed the town where he lived. The creator who invented Edward, gave him everything. A heart. A brain. Even a covering of skin. But the inventor died before finishing poor Edward, leaving him with shears of metal where his fingers should have been. Edward lived alone where he could hurt no one and no one could hurt him. Until the day the Avon Lady came calling...
This movie tells the story of a rather unique individual entering a community, and how that person is then treated as the 'outsider' when he doesn't quite fit in. But this isn't a violent, depressing movie. Rather it's a beautiful tale, a love story, a story of desperation, and one of the most creative and imaginative movies ever put to celluloid.
The acting including Johnny Depp as Edward is simply astounding. He speaks little but his actions speak volumes. Fortunately Johnny is supported by a brilliant cast including Dianne Wiest as Peg Boggs who first finds, and then guides Edward, Winona Ryder as the daughter Kim who slowly comes to love Edward.
No matter how many times I see Edward Scissorhands I still love it. It's imaginative, delightful, emotional and inspirational. To see it released on Blu-Ray so early (yes, it is still early in the formats life) is a joy. If you've never seen this movie then you're in for something very special indeed.
Where the problem lies though is with the stability of the print with telecine wobble present in many scenes (where the image shudders slightly from side to side). This was also evident on the DVD release mind you, but is disappointing to see remaining on the Blu-Ray release. While it is quite apparent through many parts of the movie if you want to have a quick sample check out the houses between 5:19-5:44 as one of the most obvious examples we picked up. It is also certainly very evident during the credits. Besides that issue the disc exhibits some grain, particularly in the darker scenes, and even some small film artifacts such as dirt here and there.
Having said all that this is certainly a marked improvement over any release of the movie on DVD and while not perfect it is still certainly watchable.
Interestingly this Blu-Ray disc presents the audio as DTS-HD Master Audio, but with only 4.0 sound. Given how quiet the majority of the movie is, and due to a lack of effects such as explosions or gunshots, there still isn't much to complain about and this is certainly the best audio the movie has ever had outside the cinema.
Commentary with Composer Danny Elfman: Danny Elfman has become one of the greatest composers of the modern era and to have a commentary with isolated score is very impressive. The music in this movie is absolutely delightful so being able to listen to it without effects and speech is a delight and Danny Elfman tends to keep his comments to the sections with little or no music. This track has been encoded at 224kbps.
Featurette (4.39/HD): A promo piece made at the time of the movies release. A couple of interviews, but way to brief.
Theatrical Trailers (4:21/HD): Two trailers for the movie, strangely one is in Widescreen, one in Fullscreen!?
Fox On Blu-Ray (2:26/HD): A trailer for Night at the Museum on Blu-Ray.
Review By: Dave Warner