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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Tim Burton Rating:3.9/10 (13 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by sirgawayn on November 6th, 2005:Find all reviews by sirgawayn
Burton's a good sport. That's the main impression I got from this commentary. He comes across as uncomfortable and self-conscious, but he still sticks it out for the entire movie. There are lots of dead spots and he's not very articulate, but when he does speak it's pretty interesting. Most of Burton's comments are about the movie's personal meanings for him, including the ugly, satirical depiction of suburbia and the portrayal of Edward as a sympathetic outsider. When he struggles to explain an idea, you can fill in the gaps and understand what he's trying to say.
Reviewed by maarow on November 4th, 2008:Find all reviews by maarow
One would assume that, for what is obviously such a personal project, Tim Burton, who apparently dreamed up the title character as a boy, would be brimming with interesting information and tidbits about this near-classic film.


Don't get me wrong. I never expected Tim Burton to be the most verbose or articulate person on the planet. But his commentaries on Pee Wee's Big Adventure (with Paul Reubens) and Sleepy Hollow (all by his lonesome) are lively enough, in their own I-can't-think-of-anything-to-say-so-I'll-bluff-my-way-through-it sort of way. No such luck here. What I remember about this commentary is looooong stretches of dead air, with a word here, half a sentence there. It's downright boring, after a time. How can he have more to say about Pee Wee, where he was essentially a director-for-hire?

Don't bother with this one. You can probably get just as much information from any interview with Burton from the time period of the movie's release.
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on August 25th, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
My god, when will people learn? You’re supposed to TALK on a commentary! Tim Burton should not do commentary, and it seems he was forced to do it. Because the unwillingness to talk is just tremendous. He says somenthing maybe 10% of the time, which means this consists of 10,5 minutes of talking time. Tim Burton should just stay behind the camera and never do any kind of verbal storytelling himself. Fuck off Mr. Burton! 1/10
Reviewed by yojimbo28 on August 30th, 2011:Find all reviews by yojimbo28
Most of Burton's remarks in this commentary seem scene-specific and give the impression that he's watching the film along with you, but there are some comments that come straight out of left field, almost like soundbites from a separate interview that have been inserted to fill up some of the dead air. You'll know what I'm talking about when you hear him comment on things that have nothing to do with what's happening on screen. The other reviewers are right, Burton does seem to run out of things to say for large stretches of the movie. He certainly doesn't offer much in the way of anecdotal stories that happened during filming. He seems like a pleasant enough guy, but he just doesn't bring much to the table that will help in your understanding or enjoyment of the film.
Reviewed by TravisSMcClain on November 9th, 2013:Find all reviews by TravisSMcClain
I've never really been in love with the movie itself, so I decided to try playing Burton's commentary to see if it would unlock it for me in some way. I did appreciate his shared enthusiasm for the old Universal Monsters movies, but this connected me more with the director than with "Edward Scissorhands". There's a pervasive sense that Burton tried to wing it, and found he had little to really say. It may be harsh to call it a tedious commentary, but it's pretty accurate to at least call it disappointing.
Reviewed by Magneat-o on July 23rd, 2015:Find all reviews by Magneat-o
Views are mixed on Burton's commentary because you don't know if your watching the movie or listening to commentary because of the extended gaps in commentary That is true at times but this was recorded in 2000 and dvd commentary was just beginning for a lot of directors and there were no rules or guidelines. It is worth listening to if you're a fan or for Burton's observations on suburban life, life in Burbank or life in general. His comment about the media shaping opinions which create a mob mentality based more on ignorance than actual information as being much like the angry villagers in 'Frankenstein' is absolutely spot on. People being scarier than Edward Scissorhands himself, is sort of the point of the movie. The people around him come from all points of view but are united in their ignorance. Burton seems to think this is getting worse in society. I think he's right. I also view this movie as being a deeper critique on society than I saw in it the first time around.
Commentary 2: Composer Danny Elfman, with isolated score Rating:6.1/10 (8 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by yojimbo28 on September 17th, 2011:Find all reviews by yojimbo28
I'm not a particularly musical guy, so composer commentaries are often a bit tricky for me because I don't always know what they're talking about. Elfman doesn't make things too complex here, he just talks about the challenges presented by the different kinds of music he used in Edward. He talks briefly about his composing process and about how he felt about himself as a composer at the time Edward Scissorhands was being made versus how he felt about his earlier work and his other collaborations with Tim Burton. Elfman seems a pleasant guy and it's easy to tell how proud he is of the film's score. This commentary track is Elfman and the score only, you won't be able to hear the film's dialogue, even when Elfman is not speaking.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on January 23rd, 2013:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
Danny just watches the film and says nada. The only interesting thing I learnt was that he used to go out with the writer Caroline Thompson. Both commentaries suck.