Previously released on dvd, "SWEENEY TODD" is getting its long awaited blu-ray release. This celebrated, long running Broadway musical from Stephen Sondheim features the dark atmosphere seemingly a perfect match for Tim Burton's sensibilities. While its success proves there was a large fan base for the film, it's hard (for this reviewer)to understand the appeal. The music, especially considering Sondheim's other creations, doesn't stay with the audience after the film's ended, and while one can empathize at the very beginning with the main character's unfair treatment, what "Sweeney Todd" does to exact revenge, doesn't even come close to being fair. He's a horrid person and the fact that some viewers actually laugh during Burton's cartoonish depictions of Todd implementing his invention for a bloody revenge on unwitting passersby to his barbershop, should offend more than it entertains!
DREAMWORKS has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/VC-1 blu-ray release. While Burton intentionally dulls the color design to create his intended atmosphere, it doesn't dull the overall quality. Detail is exquisite in every scene. The contrast is stunning, thanks to inky blacks and deep grays, providing amazing detail in the darkest of scenes. Even with intentional grain popping up for a gritty feel, depth is always palpable. This is a great looking transfer, all the way through.
DREAMWORKS has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. While the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix of the dvd was impressive, the lossless TrueHD 5.1 mix of the blu-ray blows it away! Fidelity is wonderful, whether at high end or bass. There's an immersive soundstage throughout the film and music, playing such a key role to the narrative, is perfectly balanced. The vocals feel so natural, that the limitations of the cast, especially Depp, actually make the film's environment feel more engaging.
There are plenty of extras. Interviews, featurettes, stills are more than just standard run-of-the-mill add-ons as presented here, all in HD.