Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
After fifteen years, barber Sweeney Todd returns to London after having been on a penal colony after he was unjustedly convicted by the sinister judge Turpin who had an eye out for Todd’s wife who’s recently passed away. Todd is out for revenge but when his first attempt to get even with judge Turpin fails, he decides all of London must pay and as of that moment nobody ever leaves his hairdressing chair alive.
Sound and Vision:
Sweeney Todd is a very dark movie but luckily the transfer doesn’t tamper with the quality. The moments that colors appear they’re very vivid and everything looks extremely sharp while no damages what so ever are present. Reference quality!
The same can be said about the sound which uses all speakers in an excellent way and makes a great atmosphere that goes along nicely with the movie.
– Burton + Depp + Carter = Todd
– Sweeney Todd is alive: The Real History
– HBO First Look: The Making Of Sweeney Todd
– London Press Conference
– Musical Mayhem: Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd
– Sweeney’s London
– Designs for a Demon Barber
– Grand Guignol: A Theatrical Tradition
– A Bloody Business
– Razor’s & Refrain
– Photo Gallery
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street is a typical Tim Burton movie with lots of dark storytelling, blood pouring out of every crack, and a musical score that’s quite unusual. Unfortunately it isn’t a complete work of art as the pace is a bit too slow and Burton’s fascination with the original theater play is too obvious as he doesn’t want to cut anything to speed up the story while on the other hand he sometimes uses totally inappropriate camera movements.
Whether or not you like Sweeney Todd will probably depend on the liking of Sondheim’s music which is quite unusual to say the least. Some will find it magnificent, others will hate it. If you don’t like musicals, then you can just skip this one completely