Ed Wood (1994) - The Hunt for Edward D. Wood, Jr.
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Original Poster

(1994)

Ed Wood - VHS, DVD, Laserdisc, DIVX

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Directed by Tim Burton
Written by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski
based on Nightmare of Ecstasy by Rudolph Grey
additional dialogue by Edward D. Wood Jr.
Wood regulars
Conrad Brooks
Paul Marco
Gregory Walcott

Additional cast
Johnny Depp
Martin Landau
Sarah Jessica Parker
Patricia Arquette
Jeffrey Jones
Vincent D'Onofrio
Bill Murray
Lisa Marie
George "The Animal" Steele
Juliet Landau

Plot
The story of Edward D. Wood, Jr. (Depp) during the apex of his career. Focusing on his relationship with Bela Lugosi (M. Landau) and the three films made by the two: Glen or Glenda, Bride of the Monster and (posthumously for Bela) Plan 9 from Outer Space.
'Wood'-ness
There is quite a lot of Ed's work to be found in this movie. Dialogue from his films is lifted line for line (although re-arranged sometimes). There's even some dialogue from his never filmed play, "Casual Company."

Burton also adopted a visual style that mimics Ed's; very static, with few large movements.

Overall, it gives a good sense of why Wood is worth following.

Essential.
Best Line
"This is the one. This is the one I'll be remembered for." - Ed Wood
File Under
Comedy, Posthumous, Transvestitism

VIDEO RELEASES

ED WOOD

This is the only title this film has been released under. It has had many different commercial releases.


VHS

Ed Wood Manufacturer: Touchstone
Year of issue: 1994
Video Format: NTSC
Comments: Contains the "fullscreen" version. Out of Print.



Ed Wood (Oscar screener) Manufacturer: Touchstone
Year of issue: 1994
Video Format: NTSC
Comments: This is the Oscar screener for Ed Wood.

When studios want members of the Academy to consider one of their films they often send tapes (or DVDs now) to the membership so they can see a film they may have missed in theaters.

After the usual FBI warnings is the following message:
THIS VIDEOCASSETTE IS A PROMOTIONAL COPY AND WILL
REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF TOUCHSTONE PICTURES AND
MUST BE RETURNED UPON DEMAND. IT HAS BEEN DISTRIBUTED
FREE-OF-CHARGE FOR THE EXPRESS PURPOSE OF
CONSIDERING THIS YEAR'S DISTINGUISHED
ACHIEVEMENTS ONLY.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES MAY THIS VIDEOCASSETTE
BE REPRODUCED, SOLD OR RENTED TO ANYONE.
IF YOU HAVE RENTED OR PURCHASED THIS CASSETTE, CALL
1-800 NO COPYS (1-800-662-6797). ALL CALLS CONFIDENTIAL.


Also, on occasion, the following message is superimposed at the top of the screen:
PROPERTY OF TOUCHSTONE PICTURES
NOT FOR DUPLICATION OR RENTAL.


The tape does not come in a standard carboard sleeve, but one made of heavy paper.


Ed Wood (Retail Screener) Manufacturer: Touchstone
Year of issue: 1994
Video Format: NTSC
Comments: This is the retail screener for Ed Wood.

Studios send these tapes (and these days DVDs) when they want major retailers to consider orders for the commercial release.

I do not own a copy of this screener. As is it also not really meant for public consumption, it most likely has some kind of warning language similar to the Oscar screener shown above.



Ed Wood (PAL-uk) Manufacturer: Touchstone
Video Format: PAL
Comments: This is the UK VHS release.

It can still be obtained from amazon.co.uk & amazon.de.


Ed Wood (PAL-aus) Manufacturer: Touchstone
Video Format: PAL
Comments: This is an Australian release of Ed Wood. Apparently this version, which comes in a hard case, is a rental edition. The retail version came in an ordinary cardboard box.


Ed Wood (PAL-g) Manufacturer: Touchstone
Video Format: PAL
Comments:This is an alternate PAL version (it may be for Germany).


Ed Wood (Japanese) Manufacturer: Touchstone
Video Format: NTSC-J
Comments:This is the Japanese release.

This release features Japanese subtitles.


Ed Wood (Russian) Manufacturer: Touchstone
Comments:This is the Russian release.

The characters spell out "Ed Wood". (So there's no alternate title. -ed.)

I know no other details about this release.


DVD

Ed Wood (DVD)Disney announced that Ed Wood would be released on DVD on August 13, 2002. Since that time, the project seems to have been put on hold. The manufacturer (Image Entertainment), Disney and most online retailers have removed it completely.

This is apparently what the DVD case was to look like. (Essentially, just like all the other releases. Booo! -ed.)

It was apparently going to feature the following:
"Making Bela" Make-Up Featurette
Production Design Feature -- "Pie Plates Over Hollywood"
Behind The Scenes: "Let's Shoot This F#
"The Theremin" Documentary
"When Carol Met Larry" Cross-Dressing Introspective
Audio Commentary With Cast And Filmmakers
Music Video
1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Closed Captioning
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Subtitles

As often happens when a title is dropped at the last moment, a few of these DVDs may have made it out into the world. This edition was not "officially" released, but you could see a copy pop up on eBay now and again.


Ed Wood (US 'Special Edition') Manufacturer: Touchstone
Year of issue: 2004
Video Format: NTSC (Region 1)
Extras: As listed above.
Comments: This edition of the ED Wood DVD was originally to be released on February 3rd, 2004. It is, essentially, the same as the one released to most of the world back in 2002, but does contain some deleted scenes not previously available.

This "Special Edition" (as it is called) was recalled at the last minute for unspecified reasons (the bastards -ed.), but many copies made it into distribution, anyway. Ultimately it did finally see proper release in October, 2004 and is now (finally) widely available, albiet without the "Carol Met Larry" extra.

For more on this release, read my review at TheLogBook here.


Ed Wood (UK DVD) Manufacturer: Touchstone
Year of issue: 2002
Video Format: PAL (Region 2)
Extras: The same as the original US release, listed above.


Ed Wood (French DVD) Manufacturer: Touchstone
Year of issue: 2002
Video Format: PAL (Region 2)
Extras: The same as the original US release, listed above.
Comments: May also have French subtitles.


Ed Wood (French DVD 2004) Manufacturer: Touchstone
Year of issue: 2004
Video Format: PAL (Region 2)
Extras: The same as the original US release, listed above.
Comments: Features a French dub and French subtitles.


Ed Wood (German DVD) Manufacturer: Touchstone
Year of issue: 2002
Video Format: PAL (Region 2)
Extras: The same as the original US release, listed above.
Comments: May also have German subtitles.


Ed Wood (Japan DVD) Manufacturer: Touchstone
Year of issue: 2002
Video Format: NTSC (Region 3)
Extras: In addition to those listed above, this release features Japanese subtitles.


Ed Wood (Korean DVD) Manufacturer: Touchstone
Year of issue: 2002
Video Format: NTSC (Region 3)
Extras: In addition to those listed above, this release features Korean subtitles.


Ed Wood (Region 4) Manufacturer: Touchstone
Year of issue: 2004
Video Format: PAL (Region 4)
Extras: Music Video
Theatrical Trailer
Featurette-Let's Shoot This F#*%@r!
Featurette-The Theremin
Featurette-Making Bela
Featurette-When Carol Met Larry
Featurette-Pie Plates Over Hollywood
Audio Commentary-Tim Burton (Director), Martin Landau (Actor), Co-Writers Larry Karaszewski And Scott Alexander, Director Of Photography Stefan Czapsky And Costume Designer Colleen Atwood
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Swedish, Danish, Spanish, Norwegian, Finnish



Ed Wood (Brazil DVD) Manufacturer: Touchstone
Year of issue: 2003
Video Format: Brazil-PAL (NTSC compatible - Region 1,4)
Extras: Spanish and Portuguese dubs and subtitles only.
Comments: Please note that this edition has no proper extras. Don't say I didn't warn you.

This edition is apparently compatible with US players. (I have not confirmed this.)


Ed Wood (Hong Kong DVD?) Manufacturer: Unknown
Year of issue: 2004
Video Format: Region 0
Extras: None.
Comments: Although I cannot prove it, it seems likely that this is a bootleg edition.


Laserdisc

Ed Wood (Laserdisc) Manufacturer: Touchstone
Year of issue: 1994
Video Format: NTSC CAV
Extras: Original Trailer
Comments: This US Laserdisc release features a "Widescreen" presentation.


Ed Wood (Japanese Laserdisc) Manufacturer: Touchstone
Year of issue: 1994
Video Format: NTSC CAV
Extras: Original Trailer
Comments: This Japanese Laserdisc release features a "Widescreen" presentation.

It also most likely features Japanese subtitles.

Please note that unlike DVDs, Laserdiscs have no region coding, so International editions such as this will play on any Laserdisc player.


DIVX

Ed Wood (DIVX) Manufacturer: Touchstone
Year of issue: 1994
Video Format: NTSC
Extras: unknown
Comments: DIVX was a failed attempt by US retail chain Circuit City to create a video format that could compete with DVD for image quality and act as an alternative to VHS rentals. A DIVX owner would 'buy' a DIVX movie at CC for about $5.00. Upon playing the movie in a DIVX-capable DVD player, the disc would work for 48 hours, at which time the customer could choose to buy the movie outright (for around $20) or pay another fee to continue the 'rental period'. This concept did not sit well with most consumers and died a relatively quick death.

The upshot of all this is that with the DIVX format no longer supported, even if a DIVX machine is able to read the DIVX discs, they will only work for 48 hours before becoming useless.

One of the intersting side notes, however, is that Disney, at this time, had little faith in the DVD format and was not releasing movies on DVD. They did, however, release on DIVX, since DIVX was a much more controllable format. This caused several titles (Ed Wood included) to have no DVD release, and yet be available on DIVX. These "DIVX exclusives" were really just the product of the timing of Disney's eventual entry into the DVD world, but did lead to an interest in the DIVX versions of films like Ed Wood that would not see DVD release for years.

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