Edward Scissorhands, Blu-ray (1990)

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Edward Scissorhands, Blu-ray  (1990)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Alan Arkin, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price 
Directed by: Tim Burton
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Video: 1.85:1 widescreen color, 1080p HD
Audio: English DTS HD 4.0, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles: English SDH, English, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean
Extras: Director’s audio commentary; Composer audio commentary, Behind-the-scenes featurette; Two theatrical trailers; Blu-ray previews 
Length: 105 minutes
Movie Rating: ****   AV Quality Rating: ***1/2

From the mind of Tim Burton comes Edward Scissorhands, a fairy tale about a young man named Edward.  Edward was created by an inventor, who died before finishing him, and left Edward with scissors where he should have had hands.  Peg, the local Avon lady, visits the mansion on the top of the large hill in the suburbs where Edward has been living alone.  Out of compassion, Peg takes him home to stay with her family.  Edward has a big challenge to overcome in adapting to his new life in an environment that he is not accustomed to.  Initially, he begins to win people over with his talent for cutting hair and hedges.  However, in order for Edward to be accepted into their society, the residents of this little suburb and in particular Kim, the young girl with whom Edward has fallen in love, must be willing to make changes of their own.  Edward Scissorhands is a wonderfully imaginative take on the Frankenstein monster film.  Director Tim Burton creates a movie that is equal parts dark, satirical, poignant and humorous, while Johnny Depp delivers a touching performance as the title character.  Recommended.
In terms of high definition video quality, this Blu-ray DVD is very good.  Images are clean with fine detail.  Colors are rich and warm with nicely saturated hues and deep blacks.  Picture defect mastering is fairly solid with no compression artifacts or major flaws aside from the occasional film grain, print scratch and jittery frame.  The audio quality is also very good with the English DTS 4.0 surround track serving as the basis for this review.  With the exception of the action present in the latter portion of the movie, the soundtrack of Edward Scissorhands is primarily focused toward the forward soundstage.  Dialogue is crisp and firmly anchored in the center channel.  The surround channels are selectively utilized for both the sound effects and Danny Elfman’s engaging musical score.  The low frequency effects channel is tight and punchy.
– Calvin Harding Jr. 


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