PictureThis THX-approved transfer does a great job of both, the anamorphic 1.85:1 image doing equally well with the scene where Edward first emerges from the shadows of the attic (Chapter 4), the brightly-lit barbecue scene with the garish houses in Chapter 9 and the police car lights in Chapter 17.
SoundYou get a choice of English 4.0 surround or Dolby Pro-Logic, and French Dolby Pro-Logic. Although heavy use is not made of either the subwoofer channel or the surrounds, the Danny Elfman score comes across with plenty of gusto and the dialogue is clear. The audio highlight is probably Chapter 22, where the swelling score, crowd noise, police sirens and sounds of the clashing shears are beautifully mixed.
ExtrasA commentary by Tim Burton, a commentary with isolated soundtrack by composer Danny Elfman, a small selection of concept art, a short Making Of... featurette, a trailer, TV spots, English and Spanish subtitles and beautifully animated menus. We had rather hoped to see Burton's short animations Frankenweenie or Vincent, but no such luck.
CUTTING ROOM FLOORFans have spotted loads of continuity errors in the movie. See if you can explain any of these:The story is told in flashback by the aged Kim to her grand-daughter. But how does she know about Edward's early life, which they never discussed, or about what happened after she last saw him and he left the town?
Where did Edward get the blocks of ice he carves in the mansion? And how did he manhandle them up the stairs?
Running from the police station, Edward rips off his shirt and starts to remove his trousers, but in the next shot they're completely gone.
When the family watches Edward on TV one comments 'I wish we'd been taping that', but the movie is apparently set in the '60s, before VCRs were available. Okay, it's a fairytale, but...
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