1 hour, 57 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for graphic bloody violence.
DVD Features: Closed Caption; Disc One: Burton + Depp + Carter = Todd: A behind-the-scenes look at the collaboration of Tim Burton with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter featuring exclusive footage from rehearsals, recording session and more!
Disc Two: Sweeney Todd Is Alive: The Real History of the Demon Barber; Music Mayhem: Sondheim's Sweeney Todd; Sweeney's London; The making of Sweeney Todd; Grand Guignol: A theatrical tradition; Designs for a Demon Barber; A bloody business; Moviefone unscripted with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp.
Johnny Depp ... Sweeney Todd
Helena Bonham Carter ... Mrs. Lovett
Alan Rickman ... Judge Turpin
Timothy Spall ... Beadle Bamford
Sacha Baron Cohen ... Signor Pirelli
Jamie Campbell Bower ... Anthony Hope
Laura Michelle Kelly ... Beggar Woman
Jayne Wisener ... Johanna
Ed Sanders ... Toby
Director Tim Burton (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands) was the perfect choice to turn Stephen Sondheim's nightmarishly dark Broadway musical into a film. And a magnficent film at that. It is difficult to imagine a story for which he was better suited. The look of the film is classic Burton with its stylishly monochromatic sets, costumes, and make-up which are all flawless down to the last detail. And his actors are perfection in their roles, and they can sing too. Johnny Depp ("The Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy) and Helena Bonham Carter ("Fight Club") in her white pancake make up with dark, hollowed-out eyes are a superbly evil pair.
Set in nineteenth century London, this is story of a once a happy barber Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp), who had a wife and a young child. Then he was falsely imprisoned by the unethical and merciless Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman - Severus Snape in the "Harry Potter" films), so that the he could have Barkerís wife all to himself. But the wife poisons herself, the daughter becomes a ward of the judge, and Barker winds up in an Australian penal colony for 15 years before making his return to London to seek his revenge. Barker returns to Fleet Street and the disgusting pie shop of his old landlady, Mrs. Lovett. He plans to reopen his tonsorial business in the apartment above the shop and changes his name to Sweeney Todd. His scheme is to get the judge into his barber chair and slit his throat. But first Sweeney must dispatch a rival barber (Sacha Baron Cohen "Borat"), who recognizes him as Benjamin Barker. That's when Todd and Mrs. Lovett realize that human flesh might just be the secret ingredient to replace her disgusting kitty-filled pies and turn them into delectable pastries.
Be forwarned though, that this is a musical, although it's a frightening and monstrously funny one. But if you don't like musicals, this one is almost entirely a singing film. But the music is magnificent and it is equally well performed. From the opening scene of the film when a young sailor played by Jamie Campbell Bower, on a great sailing ship breaking through the fog heading toward London singing...up to the dramatic and bloody finale, there's much music and much blood. The story is a dark one and it was always a rather unusual musical, but it's magnificently done and if you can take both the blood and the singing, you'll like this film, which is unquestionably, one of the year's best.