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Finding Neverland / Ed Wood - Collector's 2-Pack (2 Disc Set)

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Finding Neverland / Ed Wood - Collector's 2-Pack (2 Disc Set)

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Although I wouldn't put the two movies together. Generally people (however there are exceptions!) who like movies like Finding Neverland don't like Tim Burton movies. Finding Neverland was really sweet and I did enjoy it – note box of tissues required, you'll recognise some characters if you've seen the Pirates of the Carribean movies (was a nice treat). Note Ed Wood is in B&W, but I found Ed quite a charming character. It's worth a watch if you're bored of the run-of-the-mill stuff and just feel like something different. Was very funny in parts, did drag a bit in places – but still a good watch!

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Finding Neverland:
Award-winning stars Johnny Depp (Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl), Kate Winslet (Titanic) and Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man) bring to life the story of a man who awakened the world's imagination, and the people who inspired him! Finding Neverland is a tale about James M. Barrie's extraordinary journey to create the classic, Peter Pan - from his first inspiration to the night of the play's premiere!

Review:
"Sweetness that doesn't turn saccharine is hard to find these days; Finding Neverland hits the mark. Much credit is due to the actors: Johnny Depp applies his genius for sly whimsy in his portrayal of playwright J. M. Barrie, who finds inspiration for his greatest creation from four lively boys, the sons of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Kate Winslet, who miraculously fuses romantic yearning with common sense). Though the friendship threatens his already dwindling marriage, Barrie spends endless hours with the boys, pretending to be pirates or Indians--and gradually the elements of Peter Pan take shape in his mind. The relationship between Barrie and the Llewelyn Davies family sparks both an imagined world and a quiet rebellion against the stuffy forces of respectability, given physical form by Barrie's resentful wife (Radha Mitchell, High Art) and Sylvia's mother (Julie Christie, McCabe and Mrs. Miller). This gentle silliness could have turned to treacle, but Depp and Winslet--along with newcomer Freddie Highmore as one of the boys--keep their feet on the earth while their eyes gaze into their dreams. Also featuring a comically crusty turn from Dustin Hoffman (who appeared in another Peter Pan-themed movie, Hook) as a long-suffering theater producer."--Bret Fetzer

Ed Wood:
Superstar Johnny Depp (Chocolat, Blow) portrays the eccentric filmmaker who refuses to let botched scenes and horrible reviews dash his hopes of making it in showbiz. Along with a bizarre band of misfit actors - a TV horror queen, a Swedish wrestling hulk and down-and-out screen legend Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau in an Oscar-winning* performance). Ed takes the art of bad moviemaking to an all-time low. Engrossing and often hilarious Ed Wood delivers nonstop entertainment scene by scene!

Review:
"Edward D. Wood Jr. was an actor writer-director-producer, occasionally in drag, who combined meager bursts of talent with an undying optimism to create some of the most bizarrely memorable "B" movies to ever come out of Tinseltown. Though Wood died in obscurity as an alcoholic in 1978, his films have been considered cult classics for years. He is consistently voted the worst director who ever lived. You would think this an odd subject, but director Tim Burton harnesses the undying hopefulness that made Wood such a character. Shot in black and white, just like Wood's creations, this stylized, witty production captures the poetic absurdity of Wood's films and his unconventional life. Burton's recreation of Wood's wonderfully awful Plan 9 from Outer Space looks much better than the original low-budget quickie. Burton tackled an extremely strange subject matter for a biopic, but Wood is presented as naive almost to the point of delusion, so the story works. The pace sags in the middle, as the weirdness starts to wear thin, but Depp proves himself an adroit actor, even while wearing angora and a blonde wig. Wood's unconventional repertoire company is faithfully reproduced, including an Academy Award-winning Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi. Landau is pathetic, droll, and charismatic as the elderly junkie who made his last screen appearances in Wood's films." --Rochelle O'Gorman
Release date NZ
February 12th, 2008
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Director
Language
English
Actor
Studio
Genre
  • Drama
UPC
9398510471030
Product ID
1552638

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