Wednesday, October 14 2015 22:01

31 Days of Halloween: EDWARD SCISSORHANDS 25th Anniversary Edition

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2015 has been a big year for important cinematic anniversaries (BACK TO THE FUTURE - 30; JAWS - 40; HOME ALONE - 25; THE ADVENTURES OF FORD FAIRLANE - 25), but when it comes to the Fall season, Tim Burton's EDWARD SCISSORHANDS is the big one. This 1990 film falls into a realm that I tend to think of as being the most "Burtonesque" - coming just two years after BEETLEJUICE, and just four years prior to A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS - straddled by BATMAN and BATMAN RETURNS. A dark, yet comedic Gothic fairy tale, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS would be met with acclaim, going on to become a true classic, and one that's enjoyed year-round, despite its Halloween-y feel. EDWARD SCISSORHANDS has just been re-released by 20th Century Fox in a 25th Anniversary Blu-ray edition that has secured a place in my annual 31 Days of Halloween...

Film Synopsis (provided by Fox): "Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of this beloved masterpiece starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton. Depp delivers the performance that launched his career as Edward, an irresistibly charming creation with razor-sharp metal hands and a heart of gold. Edward’s lonely life in a Gothic castle changes forever when he meets a kindhearted Avon Lady (Dianne Wiest), who takes him to a pastel paradise known as Suburbia. Thanks to his fantastic talents, Edward becomes a neighborhood sensation, but when he falls in love with Kim (Winona Ryder), he must go to extraordinary lengths to protect her."

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Having previously owned the film on VHS and later the 2005 "15th Anniversary Edition" on DVD, the new Blu-ray and Digital HD presentation looks gorgeous - and if the film, trailers and audio commentary by Director Tim Burton and Composer Danny Elfman aren't enough for you - there's an Ultimate Collector's Edition set available that packs even more. That one includes a collectible heart-shaped cookie cutter, topiary air freshener and paper dolls.

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James Zahn

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