This reviewer has to admit generally disliking the works of Tim Burton, all of them in fact, with the exception of "EDWARD SCISSORHANDS" and "ED WOOD." While believing most of his work is extremely over-rated, "EDWARD SCISSORHANDS" succeeds in being one of those rare "adult" fairy-tales, that actually works! While there's plenty of humor and cartoonish moments to please younger(though not pre-adolescent)viewers, there's enough depth and a real sense of isolation revolving around the main character, for this film to achieve dynamic poignancy and beauty. It's also got a Vincent Price element to it, at least for a small but important bit. Johnny Depp stars as the title character, a boy with scissors for hands. While this reviewer must also admit to finding some of the praise leveled at other "Depp" roles as undeserving, all of it is earned here! He's magnificent in every frame with every movement. A brilliant performance. While his one-time girlfriend, Winona Ryder, doesn't show much acting range here, she's never looked more beautiful than she does as the blonde, object of affection for Edward.
FOX has provided a 1080p/MPEG-2 transfer with the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio. In direct comparison to two previous dvd presentations, colors are notably bolder, and virtually all of the previous artifacts are gone. But, detail is where this blu-ray shines. Burton pays attention to the smallest details, and all are perfectly captured here, whereas the previous dvds inevitably covered some of them with a softer, even murky image.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 4.0 mix that perfectly replicates the film's intended sound design. Although the mix isn't aggressive with surround effects, there is a fair share of separation in the front soundstage. The story is magical enough to captivate the viewer on its own, but the beautiful Danny Elfman score packs a punch through all speakers, whenever it appears. The dialogue is presented with great resonance throughout, and is never overshadowed by other effects.
Two separate audio commentaries are included, one with Burton, and one with Elfman. Both are subdued, but enlightening at to their respective audiences in the filmmaking process.
A promotional featurette and trailers are also included.