Ed Wood – Blu-ray Edition

This is the somewhat true story of Ed Wood (Johnny Depp); possibly Hollywood’s weirdest and most creative thinker. In the 1950’s Wood created low budget films that met up with his expectations but never with the critic’s hopes. The subjects of Wood’s films were based on ghosts and goblins, aliens and transvestites. The famed director was known for making incredibly bad films. His sets were beyond budget conscious but Wood’s absurdity made up for the lack of professional sets, although his films still stank. Interestingly, Wood enlists anyone he can persuade to co-star or finance his film.

Burton’s film emulates Wood’s style of film making and it is this pinnacle part of the film that I eventually become bored with. This black-and-white film has the same feel as the original Wood pictures I’m told and many have found this effect and film enchantingly humorous and honest. The best parts of this flick may be Martin Landau’s portrayal of morphine addicted horror star Bela Lugosi and Bill Murray (as the hilarious transsexual called Bunny Breckinridge).

The “Bride of the Monster” is eventually released and as is usually the case Wood is more than satisfied by this critically distained effort. Watch out for amusing and unusual performances by Lisa Marie (as Vampire), Sarah Jessica Parker as Wood’s girlfriend and leading lady who leaves the wacky director and Patricia Arquette’s portrayal of Kathy Wood.

This blu-ray is more enjoyable than the original 1994 theatrical film because of the special features that are in fact worthwhile. The “features” will explain several of the oddities of the film and makes “Ed Wood” come across as more of a biographical effort.

Special Features:

*Deleted Scenes

*Music Video Composed by Howard Shore

*Let’s Shoot This F#*%@r!

*The Theramin

*Making Bela

*Pie Plates Over Hollywood

*Theatrical Trailer

*Sneak Peaks of Frankenweenie, ABC TV on DVD, Anti-Smoking PSA, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Castle Season 4, ABC TV on Blu-ray

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