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Added on: 27/7/2000 04:44
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Sleepy Hollow (UK)

9 / 10
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Heads will roll
Certificate: 15
Running Time: 105 mins
Retail Price: £19.99
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Johnny Depp stars as Ichabod Crane, a man who has to confront the legend of the axe-wielding headless horseman in order to win the heart of Katrina Van Tassel (Christina Ricci).

Set in 1799 "Sleepy Hollow" is based on Washington Irving`s classic tale THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW. Faithful to the dreamy custom-bound world that Irving paints in his story, the film mixes horror, fantasy and romance and features an extraordinary cast of characters who dabble in the supernatural.

Special Features:
Interactive Menus
Scene Access
Feature-length commentary by director Tim Burton
`Behind The Legend` documentary
`Reflections On Sleepy Hollow` Featurette
Cast & Crew Bios
Photo Gallery
Theatrical Trailer
Teaser Trailer

Video Tracks:
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

Audio Tracks:
Dolby Digital 5.1 English

Subtitle Tracks:
CC: English

Directed By:
Tim Burton

Written By:

Jeffrey Jones
Casper Van Dien
Michael Gambon
Miranda Richardson
Christina Ricci
Johnny Depp

Casting By:
Ilene Starger
Susie Figgis

Soundtrack By:
Danny Elfman

Director of Photography:
Emmanuel Lubezki

Chris Lebenzon

Costume Designer:
Colleen Atwood

Production Designer:
Rick Heinrichs

Kevin Yagher
Andrew Kevin Walker
Adam Schroeder
Scott Rudin
Mark Roybal
Celia D. Costas

Executive Producer:
Larry J. Franco
Francis Ford Coppola


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9 / 10
Hmm, reasonable review if not a little sparse, i enjoyed Sleepy Hollow a lot, but sadly my expectations were let down by the fact it wasnt much of a horror film. I was sat in a daze throughout the entire film as I tried to get to grips with mr ichabod (sp?) but none the less i found the film enjoyable and certainaly one to watch again.

I`d like to take this opportunity to dismiss a comment the reviewer made about Christina Ricci

"Christina Ricci show us that she has come a long way from the Addams Family and Casper and can do well in "real" roles"

I`m sorry but i`d haveto totally disagree with you here, she was like a cardboard cut out, she acted her lines with no passion whatsoever and the monotone droning when she had more than a few words to say was beyond bearing. The only good thing about Ricci in this film was that her looks fitted the part perfectly, she`s one hell of a spooky looking chick :-)

None the less, a good movie and i`d recommend it to anyone else
posted by Daniel Nolan on 8/8/2000 04:55
9 / 10
An absolutely dark and mesmerizing movie which captures all aspects of the Sleepy Hollow Legend - this was my first DVD and it is one of the best!! Must Buy!!
posted by DARKSINGH on 27/11/2000 01:19
9 / 10
Heads really do Roll !!

The Headless Horseman , brought back into the Nineties by Tim Burton , and once again he has delivered the Goods . You all know the Story , The Headless Horseman wants his Head back , so he will take your`s , until it is Returned .

The Film is carried in the usual style of Tim Burtons Directing Talents , with Clever use of Darkness , Morbid looking settings and Choice of Actors to keep you Glued to the screen . Use of ound and Music is Used to the max in the Film , listen to the Horse as it Rumbles on your Speaker System and Music that draws you more into the Film .

Picture Quality is Beautiful , Especially considering the Use of Dark , Dull , Washed out Colours , there is no ` Patches ` on the Picture .

Extras Are really what you could ask for out of this DVD , with the ` Making of ` and ` Directors Commentry ` my personal Favorites.

A Excellent Movie to watch and a Definate Recommendation for your DVD Collection .
posted by GazzaB on 8/1/2001 13:29
10 / 10
All in all an expected dark film from Tim Burton. A good proper disc from pathe who also done "chicken run."Full of extras including a solid documentary about the film. I love the gothic background in this film but also the supernatural horror which comes from the headless horseman. This has to be Johnny Depp`s finest hour as Ichabod Crane and Christina Ricci`s maturer acting. I was suprised americans used alot of english actors in the film such as Ian Mcdiermid (Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars.) One of the best from 1999.
posted by D.stent on 16/6/2001 00:19
8 / 10
The famous story about the headless horseman is beautifully presented in this violent, yet compelling movie.
The video transfer is very good. There are no compression signs and the picture is clear. Most of the colors are de-saturated and the palette tends to be grey-green, which contributes a lot to the movies` eerie atmosphere. Mind you, there are numerous gory scenes (decapitations, mainly), which are done very professionally.
The DD 5.1 soundtrack is ok. The surrounds are used occasionally, but I would`ve expected a more enveloping sound.
The menus are all still.
The extras include a commentary by the director, about half an hour of a behind the scenes look and interviews and a photo gallery.
Bottom line - a rather good movie, but not for the faint of heart.
posted by Zvi Josef on 9/9/2001 17:36
9 / 10
An excellent adaptation of a classic movie. The excellent video transfer does justice to the dark and amtmospheric tone of the movie but the sound could be a little more enveloping. With a good selection of extras this DVD more than does justice to the original film.
posted by p$y on 9/8/2002 20:43
8 / 10
You always expect something a bit different from a Tim Burton
film, and Sleepy Hollow is that. Although thought by many as a horror, it is more of an adventure, with a few spooky moments and plenty `rolling heads`. But not a gory film as some people expected. It has a decent cast with Depp and Ricci the main characters, but there are plenty of familiar faces in supporting roles, and the acting is good all round. The visual is very good, Burton has a very cold, dark feel to the film, with washed out colours that gives a gothic feel, and sets a very atmospheric world. Audio is also very good with the thundering of horse hoof`s, and screaching horse cry`s, lightning, sword slices and other effects, flowing through the surround sound. The extas don`t let this disc down either, with a commentary (always welcome especially when Mr Burton is involved) a `Behind The Legend` documentary, a `Reflections On Sleepy Hollow` featurette, trailer/teaser, cast bio`s etc. Just what you would require on a DVD. Overall a good film with great visual and sound, and not spoilt by lack of extras. Worthy of a place in your DVD collection.
posted by Andy Hall on 21/10/2002 16:54
9 / 10
The first thing that strikes the viewer is the sheer visual beauty of this film. I have rarely seen such beautifully designed sets and Tim Burton makes the most of it with lovely lighting and directing.

The cast is made up of Americans, Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci and British acting greats. No surprise then that the acting is superb, infinitely better than your average horror film. Depp shows us his versatility and is believable as both a wimpy scientist and action hero. The only downside is the non-plausible relationship with Ricci. I felt that this was done to please the studio execs but it doesn?t detract too much from the film.

As a horror film / mystery, Sleepy Hollow is effective. There are no real scares but it is always entertaining. The mystery element is well executed and will keep you guessing as in an Agatha Christie movie.

The extras are pleasing and very informative. I would have liked deleted scenes or a longer version of the film. Overall, Sleepy Hollow is one of the best films in recent years. It is well acted, well directed, has an engaging plot and is very entertaining.
posted by morpheus177 on 17/12/2002 22:28
9 / 10
This is one of my favourite films, and just has that touch, both in a visual and entertaining way. The film has pretty good performances all round, superb effects, outstanding cinematography (one of the main reasons I bought this) and a brilliant transfer.

Video: Clear, sharp transfer with some grain, but it`s obviously appropriate to the filming style. I spotted 1 or two instances of pixellation in very fast-moving or foggy shots, but you would only notice them if you were looking for artifacts.

Audio: Again, very good with nice use of surrounds and the subwoofer.

I really enjoyed this film, as it has a nice horror theme but with some humor in it, and a very dark and spooky visual style, brought perfectly to life with this DVD.
posted by Magix on 23/3/2003 19:28
9 / 10
I do like this movie. It was my favourite Tim Burton film, but then I saw Edward Scissorhands. It does come above Beetlejuice just though. It is wonderful to look at, which is good as most know the story. The enthusiasm that Burton puts into the project though makes this stand out as the best adaptation. It is pure entertainment, but with an intelligent storyt to boot. The acting is excellent. Ricci may be the week link, but the rest of the cast are just so damn good. I`m a massive Depp fan, and his English accent is just the right amount of hamming up it needs. He doesn`t dissapoint, AGAIN. The predominently English cast also give the movie the wonderful hammer horror feel that makes it so good.

A wonderful transfer, which is lucky as the visuals are what make this movie what it is. The transfer can really show the difference between the almost black and white exteriors and the vibrant interiors. No complaints from me here.

Very nice as well. It isn`t stunning, but it does the job it needs to and is quite creepy in places. I don`t really know a lot about the technicalities of audio tracks, but I thought it was good.

This isn;t the most extra packed disc you`ll have seen, not by a long shot. It has a commentary by Burton, but like most of his tracks, it`s not really an engaing listen. I`d really like to see a track with Depp and Burton, as they must be good pals. There are no deleted scenes, but a couple of featurettes, one is a HBO first look, and the other is a talking heads one. Both are perfectly satisfactory. They`re not indepth. but they don`t bore the general viewer who might want to know a little more about the movie. Their are some interesting facts that pop up, such as Christopher Walken (in Ken Dodd mode for this movie by the look of his hair and teeth) couldn`t actually ride a horse! A nice documentary really. The menus are also quite nice as well, as far as menus go.
posted by cartoonjonah on 4/6/2003 21:34