Edward Scissorhands 25th Anniversary Blu-ray review

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Edward Scissorhands is one of Tim Burton’s best films, perhaps even THE best. It has become a classic fairytale beloved by many, and the film still holds up today.

An old inventor (Vincent Price) has created Edward (Johnny Depp), who has a pale face, gothic hairstyle, and leather outfit… Oh, and we can’t forget about his scissorhands. He was supposed to get human hands, but the inventor passed away. Now many years later, in a nice and quiet neighborhood called Suburbia, Peg (Dianne Wiest) is trying to sell her Avon products but gets rejected everywhere. Her last effort is to drive up towards a mansion on the creepy mountain next to the cheerful neighborhood. What she finds there is the lonely Edward, who has been away from civilization… since ever. Out of compassion, she decides to bring him home with her, and he instantly becomes the neighborhood celebrity. It is there where Edwards slowly starts to fall for Peg’s daughter, Kim (Winona Ryder).

This is a tale that is part Frankenstien and part Pinocchio. Depp pulls off a very charming quality as Edward with little dialogue. We see that he wants to fit in with everybody, and it’s something we can all relate to at one time or another. The family aspect is fun to watch. Here we have a man clearly out of his element, but the family treats him like a son. He makes some bloody mistakes, but the family brushes it off like a baby accidentally dropping a plate filled with food. Burton brings a unique style as he’s able to mix in a weird, gothic character to a warm neighborhood, and you accept it. The music also plays a huge part in making this film emotional. This is one of Danny Elfman’s finest work, and he has created a score that’s both haunting and magical.

Film Rating: 5/5 Atoms

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Video

The 25th Anniversary is presented in 1080p and overall it’s an okay transfer. Some of the scenes can be bad at times, like Netflix trying to buffer a video. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but examples of low-quality video include the opening scene with old Kim and the child and the beginning of the cookie cutting scene with Price. Some clear scenes include many of the flashback scenes with Price. The colors shine, especially when we get to see the neighborhood and during the talk show sene.

Video Rating: 3/5 Atoms

NR 3 Atoms - C

Audio

The audio is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 4.0. The sound and dialogue are clear, but the surround sound could be better. The rear speakers feel neglected, and it’s a shame since Elfman’s music would have been more impactful. You may have noticed the “4.0”, and that is something of a concern since the bass lacks power.

Audio Rating: 3/5 Atoms

NR 3 Atoms - C

Extras

There isn’t anything new for the 25th Anniversary Edition since it contains the same commentaries, featurette, and trailers from DVD that was released over a decade ago. Even worse, it contains fewer features since it doesn’t include the Concept Art and TV Spots.

The first commentary is done by Tim Burton. It’s a very personal film for him since Edward is inspired by Burton’s teenage life. The film was shot in Florida, but he tried to capture the essence of Burbank, a city he lived when he was younger. (Another shooting location was on the Fox lot.) With Vincent being the first film Burton did, he described Vincent Price joining the movie being a better experience. Burton knew when he looked at Depp that he would be perfect for Edward. Before filming, he would give Depp the scissorhands so that he can get used to acting with them when on set.

Elfman is selective of when he commentates since he’ll wait until a theme is done before he adds his two cents. There are also other times where he isn’t talking and there’s no music at all, so sometimes you won’t be hearing anything at all. One example is the opening credits; he doesn’t start until the 2:48 mark. He has scored over 30 scores, and he says that this is one of his favorites or even his favorite. What’s even more interesting is that one of his most memorable scores was when he was just casually composing since this was when he was still in Oingo Boingo, a pop/rock band.

Extras Rating: 2.5/5 Atoms

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Final Reaction

We received the regular Blu-ray edition from Fox, but there is the limited Edition Commemorative Blu-ray Giftset that includes the collectible heart cookie cutter, paper doll chain and topiary air freshener. For a 25th Anniversary Blu-ray, it’s very lacking and I wouldn’t recommend double dipping if you already have the previous Blu-ray or DVD. If you don’t have a copy, then you wouldn’t go wrong with getting the newest version since the film is one of Burton’s best and is very much a classic modern fairy tale.

Overall Rating: 3/5 Atoms

NR 3 Atoms - C

The film is currently $15.99 on Amazon.

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