Edward Scissorhands (1990) Blu-ray Review

By Allison Rose   X Formly Known as Twitter
2 Min Read

It’s difficult to believe this film premiered 25 years ago, but this anniversary edition allows older audiences to introduce a new generation to the gentle, childlike Scissorhands while teaching a lesson on accepting those who are different.

Twenty-five years ago, the world fell in love with the awkward man known as Edward Scissorhands (Johnny Depp; Pirates of the Caribbean).  As a man-made creature with a heart, but an unfinished body, he captured our imaginations.  He embodied shy innocence and unique inquisitiveness that made audiences view the world through a whole new set of eyes.  And as a talented and creative sole, he mesmerized his new neighbors with a mix of awe and apprehension.

Edward Scissorhands was created by an inventor who was tired of living alone in his castle on the outskirts of town.  As he yearned for an heir, he literally pieced together a person he could "raise" and love.  However, before he could finish the being, he died leaving poor Edward to live in seclusion, isolated from human interaction with scissors for hands.  When Avon lady Peg (Dianne Wiest; The Odd Life of Timothy Green) comes calling, and finds the creation, she decides to bring him home and help him acclimate to society.

Like the more recent Captain Jack Sparrow, Scissorhands is one of Depp's most beloved and iconic characters.  He plays the role with great depth while uttering very few actual words.  He says more with his expressions than most people do in a 10 minute dialogue.  He is masterful to watch and commands the viewer's attention at all times.

Wiest and Alan Arkin (Argo) are delightful as the typical mid- 1900's couple who take Edward into their home, and Kathy Baker (Picket Fences) is humorous as she portrays the stereotypical campy, nosey, housewife looking for a bit of excitement.  Winona Rider (Heathers) is Peg's teenage daughter who needs time to appreciate Edward and his special gifts.  Of all the cast, I think she has my least favorite performance, with the momentary exception when she displays  awe and wonderment as Edward makes snow from an ice sculpture.

The Blu-ray 1080p video quality is exceptionally good for a film that was made in 1990.  The colors spread out over the full spectrum of hues and the picture quality is sharp.  The DTS-HD 4.0 Master audio is good and doesn't distract at all from the picture.

There are very few extras on the special edition Blu-ray, which is a little surprising for a 25th anniversary edition.  The features include the theatrical trailer and a "making of" that is interesting enough, if not on the short side.

It's difficult to believe this film premiered 25 years ago, but this anniversary edition allows older audiences to introduce a new generation to the gentle, childlike Scissorhands while teaching a lesson on accepting those who are different.  The script, and Depp's performance, make this movie a must own and watching it again gave me a wonderful stroll down memory lane that left me with a warm feeling.

Grade: B+

Cast:
Directed By:
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 105 minutes
Distributed By: Warner Bros.

Stream from Amazon Prime
Watch
Watch / Stream on Hulu
Watch
Watch
Watch

For more information about Edward Scissorhands visit the FlickDirect Movie Database. This release has been provided to FlickDirect for review purposes. For more reviews by Allison Rose please click here.

Edward Scissorhands images are courtesy of Warner Bros.. All Rights Reserved.


FlickDirect, Allison   Rose

Allison Rose, a Senior Correspondent and Critic at FlickDirect, is a dynamic presence in the entertainment industry with a communications degree from Hofstra University. She brings her film expertise to KRMS News/Talk 97.5 FM and broadcast television, and is recognized as a Tomatometer-Approved Critic. Her role as an adept event moderator in various entertainment industry forums underscores her versatility. Her affiliations with SEFCA, the Florida Film Critics Circle, and the Online Film Critics Society highlight her as an influential figure in film criticism and media.




SPONSORED LINKS

Today's Digital HD DealsView All

Lucifer
Lucifer
WAS: $24.99
NOW: $19.99
The Gifted
The Gifted
WAS: $24.99
NOW: $9.99
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
WAS: $24.99
NOW: $9.99


Latest ReviewsView All

The Departed 4K Ultra HD Steelbook
Physical Media: 4K UHD Review
Apr 23, 2024 EST
The Crow Steelbook
Physical Media: 4K UHD Review
May 06, 2024 EST
Dune: Part Two
Physical Media: 4K UHD Review
May 13, 2024 EST