Ed Wood

Ed Wood

DVD - 2004
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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: 9780788844430
0788844431
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 127 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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Old_Toto
Sep 17, 2017

Like his movies, Wood seemed confused, misdirected, or suffered from chronic ADS. Expected too much from this movie.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Apr 02, 2015

The movie Ed Wood is a comical, and, at times, heart-felt, tribute to that very same director, Ed Wood Jr., who has been unanimously voted, over and over again, as 'Worst Movie Director Of All Time'. After watching this flick I find it hard to imagine any other movie director who is more deserving of such a fitting title as this. Ed Wood is almost in a class of his own.

Ed Wood was the guy who, literally, made 'Z-Grade Movie History'. Now, there's certainly a claim that not many movie-directors could (or would) boast about on their resumes. But you can bet that Ed Wood most surely would.

Had Ed Wood not been such a resourceful con-man he would've probably never achieved such an impressive niche in the world of lame movies.

With such classic, but inept, offerings as Plan 9 From Outer Space it's obvious that Wood's resourcefulness as a con-man was only succeeded by his incompetence as a film director.

Of course, without the eccentric directorial touches of Tim Burton, Ed Wood would never have been the unique gem that it is. The use of glossy, black and white film, rather than color, gave Ed Wood the true feel of the 1950's.

Ed Wood is Burton's loving tribute to a long-gone director who's time has come for some much-deserved recognition as the worst of them all.

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MadisonParkMilo
Feb 01, 2014

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

hania4987 Dec 08, 2013

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.

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Monolith
Apr 02, 2013

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.

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britprincess1
Jun 19, 2012

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.

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AtomicFez
Nov 26, 2011

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.

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bdls206
Apr 07, 2011

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.

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Judy_B
Dec 02, 2010

Tim Burton at the top of his game.

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Boobychuk
Sep 16, 2009

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

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Monolith
Apr 02, 2013

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

Sunnchilde Aug 29, 2011

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

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bdls206
Apr 07, 2011

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.

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bdls206
Apr 07, 2011

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

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bdls206
Apr 07, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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bdls206
Apr 07, 2011

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

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bdls206
Apr 07, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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