Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is the 6th collaboration between Director Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, it is also the 5th time Burton has worked with Helena Bohnam Carter. Both Depp and HBC take to their respective roles of Todd and Mrs. Lovett perfectly, as they are no stranger to playing the dark roles required of them. The big names making up the rest of the cast are made up of the always brilliant Alan Rickman as Judge Turpin, Timothy Spall as Beadle Banford and Sacha Baron Cohen as Pirelli.
The film itself I think is excellent, a little shocked on first viewing that it is 90% singing, but it is a musical of course. 95% of the songs from the Sondheim musical make it into the film, the higlights for me being "Little Priest", "Pirelli's Miracle Elixir", "Epiphany" and "Johanna" (Todd/Anthony).
The Quality of the Blu Ray is pretty flawless, the picture looks crisp and fresh, a very good transfer, the music sounds brilliant with 5.1 surround sound but the other option is TrueHD which to me sounds exactly the same as the 5.1, not sure what the difference is.
My Blu Ray came in very nice steelbook packaging. The extras are the same as on the 2 Disc special Edition DVD, there is NO commentary from Tim Burton as advertised on play.com however.
What we do get is a good list of informative featurettes on the films production and a look at the real history of Sweeney Todd as well as some of the usual promotional material, all of the main cast, crew and even Stephen Sondheim contribute to the supplemental material. The full list of features is as follows...
...Burton + Depp + Carter = Todd
...Sweeney Todd is Alive: The Real History of The Demon Barber
...HBO First Look: The Making of Sweeney Todd
...London Press Conference
...Musical Mayhem: Sondheim's Sweeney Todd
...Designs for a Demon Barber
...Grand Guignol: A Theatrical Tradition
...A Bl**dy Business
Some of the features have been upscaled to HD.
Overall it's a must buy for fans of Burton, one of his best looking , enjoyable and well crafted movies, as a Blu Ray it has definately earned it's place in my collection, offering both great audio and visual, just as Blu Ray should.