It has been almost twenty-five years since Tim Burton‘s imaginative fable Edward Scissorhands enchanted audiences around the world with its haunting visuals, dark humor, and a performance by Johnny Depp in the title role that to this day continues to be ranked among the superstar’s finest.
Later this fall, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will re-release Scissorhands on Blu-ray to mark the occasion of its silver anniversary. The first time the film was released in the format, it received a disappointing transfer and a few modest bonus features (including a director’s commentary), but the commemorative set Fox has assembled will undergo a much-needed restoration and most likely be upgraded in the supplements department. It will also come packaged with some collectible goodies inspired by the film.
The new Blu-ray will be available for pre-order at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con and those attendees of the convention who take the plunge will also be able to get their hands on an exclusive limited-edition lithograph created by artist Mark Englert in collaboration with Gallery 1988.
You can check out both the Blu-ray package art and the lithograph, provided by Entertainment Weekly, here below.
Oz: The Great and Powerful Blu-ray/DVD/Digital l Blu-ray/Digital l Blu-ray 3D/Digital l DVD/Digital DIRECTOR: Sam Raimi WRITERS: Mitchell Kapner, David Lindsay-Abaire STARRING: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Zach Braff, Joey King, Bill Cobbs, Tony Cox, Bruce Campbell
Walt Disney Home Entertainment RELEASE DATE: June 11, 2013
When we first heard back in 2010 that a new movie based on the fantastical tale The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum titled Oz the Great and Powerful was on the way with American Beauty and Skyfall director Sam Mendes and Robert Downey Jr. possibly attached, there was certainly intrigue, but there was also a whole lot of question as to the sanity of Disney. 1939’s The Wizard of Oz is a timeless classic, beloved by millions, and despite it being a remake in its own right (see older versions here) the thought of someone even trying to do anything set in the land of Oz seemed absurd. But as I said over three years ago, Baum’s world and characters are eternally ripe for reinterpretation.
Eventually The Evil Dead and Spider-Man director Sam Raimibecame attached, then stepped away from the planned World of Warcraft movie to take on Oz. Some complications arose, as is always expected. Downey Jr. was replaced by Johnny Depp for the lead, then James Franco was eventually cast to replace Depp. Obviously things settled down eventually and the movie got made, but does it recapture the same magic that the ’39 classic had, or does it swing and miss?
Beetlejuice: The Complete Series DVD
Created by: Tim Burton
Director: Robin Budd
Voice Cast: Stephen Ouimette, Alyson Court, Elizabeth Hanna, Roger Dunn, Tara Strong, Len Carlson, Susan Roman Shout! Factory
Rated TV-PG | 2160 Minutes
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Though I know I should be wary,
Still I venture someplace scary;
Ghostly haunting I turn loose…
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, BEETLEJUICE!
Winner of the 1990 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program, Beetlejuice: The Series was created by Executive producers Tim Burton and David Geffen and ran on ABC and FOX from 1989 to 1992.
Featuring music by Danny Elfman and the vocal talent of Tabitha St. Germain (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Stephen Ouimette (X-Men: The Animated Series), and Alyson Court (Resident Evil), Beetlejuice: The Complete Series is now available as an Amazon exclusive DVD set from Shout! Factory that’s a must-have for fans of Burton’s Ghost with the Most.
The animated series focuses on teenage goth girl Lydia Deetz (Court) and everyone’s favorite poltergeist prankster Beetlejuice (Ouimette) as they explore The Neitherworld, a wacky realm inhabited by monsters, ghosts, ghouls, and the undead.
Beetlejuice: The Complete Series includes all 94 episodes from the shows’s 4-season run. That’s 2160 minutes of macabre mayhem; 36 hours of classic hand-drawn animation of sandworms (Ya hate ’em right? I HATE ‘EM MYSELF!). Beetlejuice: The Series led to other spooky kids’ cartoons like The Addams Family, Tales from the Cryptkeeper, and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.
Summer is here. The time has arrived for film buffs to catch up on films they may have overlooked in recent months. Put Frankenweenie on that list, an overlooked Tim Burton feature with funkiness and flaws a plenty. Let’s dig up my review of Frankenweenie on Blu-ray in this edition of Disney In Depth.
The dog, man’s best friend. They possess the ceaseless loyalty, friendship and empathy that most humans only wish they could have. No wonder why the loss of a dog can bring about such sadness. Burton infuses immense passion and consideration into this pet project of his, finally adapted into this full-length, entirely stop-motion feature.
The Geeks Of Doom Round Up concludes with our 24th and final episode. This week, we took a look back at The Round Up from its very inception, and have a quick improvised glance back at the year that was 2012. Andy gives us a rundown of what’s happening with The Drill Down, while Greg says farewell to the Social Blend podcast and gives us a preview of what to expect on the upcoming Blendover podcast.
Later in the show, we take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly relating to the comic book The Amazing Spider-Man #700, with some opposing views and opinions. We also RESOLVE the mystery of the Indiana Jones journal that was sent to University of Chicago, and covered by TheMovieGod right here at Geeks Of Doom.