THE STORY SO FAR…
Once upon a time in a castle high on a hill lived an inventor whose greatest creation was named Edward. Although Edward had an irresistible charm, he wasn’t quite perfect.
Once upon a time in a castle high on a hill lived an inventor whose greatest creation was named Edward. Although Edward had an irresistible charm, he wasn’t quite perfect. The inventor’s sudden death left him unfinished, with sharp shears of metal for hands. Edward lived alone in the darkness until one day a kind Avon lady took him home to live with her family. And so began Edward’s fantastical adventures in a pastel paradise known as Suburbia.
- Widescreen Feature
- Commentary by Director Tim Burton
- Commentary by Composer Danny Elfman
- Theatrical Trailers in High Definition
- Video: Blu-Ray continues to kick my ass, as I’ve now seen this film in the best presentation ever.Â
- Audio: DTS HD 4.0 Master Lossless Audio
- Extras: Featurette, Trailers in HD and Commentaries with Director and Composer
- Packaging: Standard Blu-Ray keepcase.
- Final Tally:Â 99% – A
“Edward Scissorhands” comes to Blu-Ray with a HD remastered transfer that is virtually the same transfer that FOX has wheeled out for the last two DVD editions. Sure, this transfer looks bright and better…but, the tech problems are still there. I’m not sure if I can deem it to be haze, but there’s this vertical wobble that comes into play during scenes with snow or a lot of action onscreen. The image seems to shake left to right with about a 15 degree wiggle and it’s beyond bizarre. So bizarre that I stopped the movie and checked the monitor/player options to make sure that everything was calibrated. Upon restarting the problem persisted throughout the duration of the main feature.Â
The disc also sports more content outside of the PQ troubled feature. The majority of the special features aren’t in High-Def and what is presented in HD doesn’t really matter. The audio continues to be the best feature of these FOX Blu-Ray discs, as Elfman’s score fills the picture and my Home Theater without ever being too over-bearing or brash. The other sound design elements used for Edward’s lawn/hair cutting and other suburbian endeavors feature boldly as well, as the dialogue seems to get shuffled to the nether regions of the front audio channels. That’s not a problem, as this film has always had a quiet mix. The prescence of an LFE channel in HD Audio could’ve helped to fix a lot of these problems, but there wasn’t an LFE Channel in the original stereo mix. So, good for FOX for sticking to their guns.Â
In the end,Â the Blu-Ray has a lot going for it as it has detractions. The audio is perfect, while the video suffers. The special features are abundant, but missing pieces of the 15th anniversary edition. It’s a High-Def Catch-22, as you’re left feeling like you just can’t get the complete package that you know is out there. That’s why I only recommend this disc as a rental. There will be a better version down the line with corrected video. So, I can’t recommend a purchase…just a rental.Â