Burton's "Sweeney Todd" to Be Released On DVD April 1

News   Burton's "Sweeney Todd" to Be Released On DVD April 1
Tim Burton's screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical thriller Sweeney Todd will be available on DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment April 1.
Cover art for the
Cover art for the "Sweeney Todd" DVD.

The movie musical, which earned Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy for star Johnny Depp, will be released in a two-disc collectors edition and single disc DVD format.

Paramount promises numerous special features for the two-disc edition, including in-depth looks at the musical and its history, behind-the-scenes making of the film, the history of the Sweeney Todd legend, the theatrical tradition of Grand Guignol, press conference footage, a photo gallery and more.

The two-disc DVD includes the following special features:

Burton + Depp + Carter = Todd
"Sweeney Todd" Press Conference, November 2007
"Sweeney Todd is Alive: The Real History of the Demon Barber"
Musical Mayhem: Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd"
Sweeney's London
The Making of "Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
Grand Guignol: A Theatrical Tradition
Designs for a Demon Barber
A Bloody Business
Moviefone Unscripted with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp
The Razor's Refrain
Photo Gallery
Theatrical Trailer

The single DVD features the film plus the Burton + Depp + Carter = Todd featurette. "Sweeney Todd" is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles.

The two-disc collectors edition of "Sweeney Todd" will retail for $39.99, with the single disc version priced at $29.99.


John Logan penned the DreamWorks/Warner Bros. film adaptation, based on the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical, which stars Johnny Depp in the title role. Burton cast his wife and muse Helena Bonham Carter in the choice role of lovelorn piemaker Mrs. Lovett.

Also featured is Alan Rickman playing the nefarious Judge Turpin, Timothy Spall as his conspiring associate Beadle Bamford and Sacha Baron Cohen as rival barber Signor Adolfo Pirelli. Rounding out the cast are Laura Michelle Kelly the Beggar Woman, Jamie Campbell Bowen as Anthony, Jayne Wisener as Johanna and newcomer Edward Sanders as Toby.

Much of Sondheim's score made the final cut of the film, including "Opening Title" "No Place Like London," "The Worst Pies in London," "Poor Thing," "My Friends," "Green Finch & Linnett Bird," "Alms Alms," "Johanna," "Pirelli's Miracle Elixir," "The Contest," "God, That s Good!," "By the Sea," "Not While I'm Around" and "Final Scene."

Nonesuch Records released a deluxe and highlights edition of the soundtrack Dec. 18. Titan Books provided the companion book for the film, which includes interviews, extracts from the shooting script, photos, concept drawing and production designs.

The production team includes Tony Award winners Jonathan Tunick (orchestrator) and Paul Gemignani (musical supervisor). Richard D. Zanuck, Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and John Logan produce the project, which filmed at London's Pinewood Studios.

Visit www.sweeneytoddmovie.com for more information.

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