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Inferno DVD review: Sweeney Todd

You, sir? How about a shave? Come and visit your good friend Sweeney! Who, sir? You, sir! No one’s in the chair, come on, Sweeney’s waiting.”

And indeed, Sweeney Todd is waiting for you to pick up the newly released DVD of the Academy Award winning musical from last Christmas. Released on April 1, the two-disc set comes packed with fantastic extra features, not to mention a great
film.

Plenty of DVDs are packed with plenty of stuff, but most of it falls flat. It is interesting to some, but to most it is just plain boring. Thankfully, everything on the Sweeney Todd set is worth your time. The most interesting has to be “Sweeney Todd is Alive: The Real History of The Demon Barber.” What you have here is a short documentary of sorts that dives into London’s history with Sweeney Todd. Historians indirectly debate over whether the man actually existed while touching upon different murders that reflected the man himself.

One of the more upbeat shorts in the set is Moviefone’s Unscripted, which sits down director Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. They answer a series of user-submitted questions. It is interesting seeing these two old friends interact with each other and reminisce.

Other extras will give you a better look into how the film was made, from designing the sets to how the actors prepped for their singing parts. You’ll even find some insight from Steven Sondheim, who adapted the Sweeney Todd stage production into a smash-hit on-screen musical. That may not sound like that big of a deal, but considering Sondheim isn’t very hot on people adapting his work, it is great to see what he has to say.

The single-disc version of the movie only includes a short behind-the-scenes look into the film, but doesn’t dive nearly as deep as the two-disc version. So if you are willing to spend that extra couple of dollars, we suggest picking up the two-disc version for great extra features.

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