Ed Wood

DVD - 2004
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Ed Wood
A stranger-than-fiction true story of the early career of Edward D. Wood, Jr., the undisputed worst movie director of all time. Wood was the auteur behind Glen or Glenda? and Plan 9 from outer space, and it is during the making of these two no-budget flicks that Wood is profiled

Publisher: Burbank, CA : Touchstone Home Entertainment, [2004]
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 0788844431
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE ED
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (R)(ca. 127 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Special features: deleted scenes; behind-the-scenes featurette: "Let's shoot this F#*%@r!," hosted by Johnny Depp; "Making Bela": featurette about the creation of the Bela Lugosi character in the film with actor Martin Landau and makeup artist Rick Baker; "Pie plates over Hollywood": featurette on the look of the film with production designer Tom Duffield; featurette on the use of the theremin to create music for the film; audio commentary with director Tim Burton, actor Martin Landau, writers Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, director of photography, Stefan Czapsky and costume designer, Colleen Atwood; music video; theatrical trailer, and more
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1994


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Screenwriters Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski take a lot of liberties in this look at the real life movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. But winning performances by Johhny Depp and Martin Landau, and steady direction by Tim Burton (probably his best film), make this a touching, joyous and f... Read More »

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Feb 01, 2014
  • MadisonParkMilo rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Being a Johnny Depp fan, this move was a disppointment.

Dec 08, 2013
  • hania4987 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

what must it feel like to be Tim Burton? this is a wildly inspired movie made in the style of Ed Wood's films. All the actors were great, but Martin Landau gave a surprisingly poignant performance as the elder Bela Lagosi.

Apr 02, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I just watched "Plan 9 From Outer Space" with the additional "Flying Saucers Over Hollywood: The Plan 9 Companion" bonus film documentary accompanying it about a week ago, so that made it so much easier to relate all the references and characters portrayed in this biopic. I can't think of a more appropriate eccentric filmmaker to have made this film of another eccentric filmmaker than the great Tim Burton. It takes one to know one. And the casting was superb. Depp was very good, but without question, the standout performance (supported with an Oscar nod) was Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi. He absolutely nailed down his manner and his accent to a tee. Next, (again, just seeing Plan 9), would be George 'The Animal' Steele as Tor Johnson. Incredible likeness. Lisa Marie as the stacked and yet toothpick waisted Vampira; Jeffrey Jones as Criswell... Tim Burton even includes a cameo from one of the original actors in Plan 9, Gregory Walcott, who played the pilot Jeff Trent. Lugosi and Wood each had sad final days -- devoured by the scourge of substance addiction(s), and the insatiable appetite of the machine known as Hollywood. (Evidently Frank Sinatra quietly paid for the funeral of the impoverished Lugosi.) Their celluloid legacy lives on, regardless of being classified as the best, or the worst. Great flick. FIVE STARS.

Jun 19, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

ED WOOD is a very strange movie and I mean that in the best of ways. It shows comedic quirk, sometimes dark and other times light, and it takes a certain kind of sense of humour to enjoy this kind of film, but legions of Burton fans (as well as film fans in general) find it remarkable. It took me more than one go to enjoy ED WOOD. My first try found me close-minded to it, leaving me ill-prepared to get past the first fifteen. But with a decent all-star cast, a great script (about filmmaking itself), and a truly remarkable story about a man who is far from normal himself and found success in his, shall we say, individual way. ED WOOD is not a difficult film to watch either. It's very entertaining, as well as somewhat informative (although some facts in this biopic are smudged). In a few years, I'll rewatch it again and likely pick up on more comedy that I missed on the first run. The black and white film is pretty essential, setting the mood just so, and, the art direction and set dressing surpasses the fantastical Burtonesque bar. It's pretty impressive how they show certain scenes in this biopic and how close they look to the scenes in his actual films, such as PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE. I highly recommend this film to virtually all film lovers, as ED WOOD is a tale about a man, despite all his idiosyncrasies, loved film, too.

Nov 26, 2011
  • AtomicFez rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

As a bio-pic, I’m not certain how accurate an image we get of Edward D. Wood, Jr., but apparently his widow was consulted and felt quite positive about it in the end, even loving Mr. Depp’s portrayal of her late husband. Inevitably, there’s a necessity to cherry-pick the richest visual moments from a life in order to make an interesting film, so it’s probable that the episodic nature of the narrative is due to that more than anything else. After all, anyone’s life often breaks down into various ‘chunks of time’, but a film needs to focus more on a specific theme or phase of a life in order to maintain some sort of cohesion.

Then again, none of his films had that aspect, so why should a film about him do so? It’s damned entertaining, and fascinating to watch, and that’s all he wanted from his work, and there’s not a damned thing wrong with wanting that.

At one point in a troubling time for the film-maker, Orson Welles – Mr. Wood’s personal totem of cinematic and artistic integrity; and who can fault him for that? – says something to him that transcends the mere making of supernatural thrillers and monster movies:

<< Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else’s dreams? >>

Which is excellent advice (up to a point, anyway; see initial paragraph). Mr. Wood certainly did not compromise in order to satisfy anyone else’s desires, and the world would be a better place were more of us to follow his example. For this alone, he is properly lauded by this film. Watch it or re-watch it, but remind yourself of the need to do before you can know if you have failed or succeeded.

Apr 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a movie that i really enjoy, it is simply well acted, well written, and well directed. I would recommend this movie to everyone, especially fans of Johnny Depp, and of Tim Burton.

Dec 02, 2010
  • Judy_B rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tim Burton at the top of his game.

Sep 16, 2009
  • Boobychuk rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Quirky little film about the life of the "Worst Filmmaker of All-Time". Johnny Depp is brilliant as Ed Wood.


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Apr 02, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

(Sarah Jessica Parker as) Dolores Fuller: "Do I really have a face like a horse?"

Aug 29, 2011
  • Sunnchilde rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Do you reject SATAN and all his lies and deeds?!" "sure."

Apr 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Edward D. Wood, Jr.: This story's gonna grab people. It's about this guy, he's crazy about this girl, but he likes to wear dresses. Should he tell her? Should he not tell her? He's torn, Georgie. This is drama.

Apr 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Edward D. Wood, Jr.: My girlfriend still doesn't know why her sweaters are always stretched out.


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Apr 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over


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Apr 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The mostly true story of the legendary director of awful movies and his strange group of friends and actors.


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Apr 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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