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Ed Wood

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tim Burton
Produced by Tim Burton
Denise Di Novi
Written by Rudolph Grey (book)
Scott Alexander
Larry Karaszewski
Starring Johnny Depp
Martin Landau
Sarah Jessica Parker
Patricia Arquette
Jeffrey Jones
Vincent D'Onofrio
Bill Murray
Music by Howard Shore
Cinematography Stefan Czapsky
Editing by Chris Lebenzon
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) September 28, 1994
Running time 127 min.
Country Flag of the United States
Language English
Budget $18 million
Gross revenue $5,887,457
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Ed Wood is a biopic directed by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp as the cross-dressing cult movie maker Edward D. Wood, Jr. The film, shot in black and white, was made in 1994 and based in large part on Rudolph Grey's biography Nightmare of Ecstasy. The film focuses on the period in Ed's life when he made his best-known films, and also his relationship with Bela Lugosi (played by Oscar winner Martin Landau), the down-on-his luck actor who had starred as Dracula in the eponymous film. Though a box office failure at the time of its release, it was critically hailed[1] and has subsequently been voted onto IMDB's "top 250" by its users. It resulted in a 1995 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award win for Martin Landau and an Academy Award for Makeup for Rick Baker, Ve Neill and Yolanda Toussieng. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (556x788, 67 KB) Summary http://jaca. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer notable for the quirky and gothic atmosphere of his films. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer notable for the quirky and gothic atmosphere of his films. ... Denise Di Novi is an American film producer. ... Rudolph Grey is a musician and writer. ... Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are a Hollywood screenwriting team. ... Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are a Hollywood screenwriting team. ... John Christopher Depp II[1] (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, best known for his frequent portrayals of offbeat and eccentric characters such as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy and the titular character of Tim Burtons Edward Scissorhands. ... Martin Landau (born June 20, 1931) is an Academy Award-winning American film and television actor. ... 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Contents

Cast

The film includes cameo appearances from actors who had worked with Wood on Plan 9 From Outer Space. Conrad Brooks (who played one of the comic policemen) appears as a bartender, and Gregory Walcott (who played the hero) appears as one of the potential financiers of Bride of the Monster. In addition, Paul Marco, the other comic policeman, can be spotted in the background. John Christopher Depp II[1] (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, best known for his frequent portrayals of offbeat and eccentric characters such as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy and the titular character of Tim Burtons Edward Scissorhands. ... Edward Davis Wood, Jr. ... Martin Landau (born June 20, 1931) is an Academy Award-winning American film and television actor. ... Bela Lugosi as Dracula United States stamp. ... Sarah Jessica Parker (born March 25, 1965) is an American actress and producer, with a portfolio of television, movie, and theater performances. ... Girlfriend of the notorious Ed Wood, Dolores Fuller (born 1923) also earned popularity in her own right. ... Patricia T. Arquette (born April 8, 1968) is an Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe Award-nominated American actress. ... For other persons named Jeffrey Jones, see Jeffrey Jones (disambiguation). ... The Amazing Criswell (born Jeron King Criswell on August 18, 1907, died October 4, 1982) was an American psychic who was famous for his wildly inaccurate predictions. ... Vincent Phillip DOnofrio (born June 30, 1959) is an American actor and producer. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... William James Bill Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-winning American comedian and actor. ... This article is about the actor. ... Mike Starr (born 1966), is an American musician, and was Alice in Chainss original bassist. ... Max Casella as Benny Fazio Max Casella (born June 6, 1967) is an American actor. ... Paul Marcos Kelton the Cop record. ... Conrad Brooks Conrad Brooks (born Conrad Biedrzycki on January 3, 1931 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a American actor. ... For the daughter of Elvis Presley, see Lisa Marie Presley. ... Actress Maila Nurmi (born December 21, 1921) portrayed Vampira in many shows, and starred in Ed Woods Plan 9 From Outer Space. ... George Steele, better known as George The Animal Steele, real name William James (Jim) Myers (b. ... Tor Johnson in Plan 9 from Outer Space This face was turned into a Halloween Mask Tor Johnson (October 19, 1903 – May 12, 1971) was a professional wrestler known as The Super Swedish Angel, and occasional actor. ... Juliet Landau (born March 30, 1965) is an American actress. ... Maurice LaMarche (born March 30, 1958) is a Canadian voice actor and former stand up comedian. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Conrad Brooks Conrad Brooks (born Conrad Biedrzycki on January 3, 1931 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a American actor. ... Gregory Walcott is an american actor who was born on 13 January 1928 in Wendell, North Carolina. ... Conrad Brooks Conrad Brooks (born Conrad Biedrzycki on January 3, 1931 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a American actor. ... Gregory Walcott is an american actor who was born on 13 January 1928 in Wendell, North Carolina. ... Paul Marcos Kelton the Cop record. ...


Ed Wood and Sweeney Todd are the only Tim Burton films not to have a score written by Danny Elfman; the soundtrack for Ed Wood was by Howard Shore with Lydia Kavina featuring on Theremin. For other uses, see Sweeney Todd (disambiguation). ... Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American musician who led the rock band Oingo Boingo as singer / songwriter from 1976 until its breakup in 1995, and has composed film scores extensively since 1985s Pee-wees Big Adventure. ... Howard Leslie Shore (born October 18, 1946) is an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Canadian composer, best known for composing the scores to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and films of David Cronenberg. ... Kavina at age nine with Léon Theremin in the 1970s Lydia Kavina (born September 8, 1967) is a Russian virtuoso of the theremin. ...


Factual inaccuracies

Although the film is avowedly stylized and heightened for comic effect, most of the events it depicts are fairly close to reality, despite their oddness. Still, there are some departures from truth. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Image File history File links Question_book-3. ...


In Burton's film, Dolores Fuller learns of Wood's transvestitism after reading the screenplay for Glen or Glenda. In reality, she remained unaware until the film was finished. Girlfriend of the notorious Ed Wood, Dolores Fuller (born 1923) also earned popularity in her own right. ... Glen or Glenda or I Lived 2 Lives is a movie filmed in 1953, starring its director Ed Wood, Bela Lugosi, and Woods then girlfriend Dolores Fuller. ...


We see Wood (Johnny Depp) dressed as a woman doing an Arabian-type dance at the wrap party for Bride of the Monster, and later directing Plan 9 dressed in drag. These events did not happen, but Wood did double for leading lady Mona McKinnon in one brief exterior shot.


The film implies that Glen or Glenda was the first film ever written or directed by Wood. In reality, Wood wrote and directed Streets of Laredo in 1948; wrote, produced and directed The Sun Was Setting in 1951 and wrote Lawless Rider in 1952.


Burton depicts Tor Johnson as a newcomer to the movies whom Wood "discovers" around the time of the production of Bride of the Monster in 1955. In fact, Johnson had acted in films since at least 1934, appearing in a number of films in uncredited roles. Johnson is also seen at the premiere of Plan 9 from Outer Space with two plump young children (this was a sight gag) when, in reality, his children were adults by that time. In fact his son secured the police uniforms for the film. Tor Johnson in Plan 9 from Outer Space This face was turned into a Halloween Mask Tor Johnson (October 19, 1903 – May 12, 1971) was a professional wrestler known as The Super Swedish Angel, and occasional actor. ... Originally known as Bride of the Atom, Bride of the Monster is a 1955 science-fiction film starring Bela Lugosi in a traditional mad scientist role, and was produced, directed and co-written by Ed Wood. ... This article is about 1959 film. ...


Loretta King is shown getting the lead role in Bride of the Monster, over wooden Dolores Fuller, not because she was a much better actress but due to a made up story of her supposedly financing the film.


Contrary to Burton's film, the Baptists who sponsored Plan 9 were not opposed to the title Graverobbers From Outer Space. The exact circumstances are unknown, but the film, which took three years to release, was distributed as Plan 9 From Outer Space without any acknowledgment of the congregation. It is possible that Wood, or his distributor, were trying to avoid paying royalties. [1] In addition, although the entire cast was baptized, only Tor Johnson's baptismal took place in a pool due to his size.


Bunny Breckinridge is depicted as an old friend of Ed Wood's, but in fact they did not meet until the filming of Plan 9, after being introduced through mutual friend Paul Marco. Similarly, Marco was in fact introduced to Wood by Criswell. Paul Marcos Kelton the Cop record. ...


In order to give the film a somewhat uplifting ending, the script takes its most serious licenses at the end. Wood never met Orson Welles at the Musso & Frank Grill,[2] though this scene was most likely done to show the common troubles between the two directors, despite their status in the film world. However, Welles is shown griping about the casting of Touch of Evil (1958) which was not in production in 1956. Plan 9 also did not have the glamorous premiere depicted. In fact it was not released at all until three years after its completion. Musso & Franks Grill Exterior of Musso & Franks Grill Musso & Frank Grill is a world famous restaurant located on Hollywood Boulevard in the Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. ...


Bela Lugosi

Most points of contention, if any, with the film's liberties have had to do with the depiction of Bela Lugosi. Lugosi's son, Bela Lugosi Jr. initially disapproved of his father's portrayal in the film, despite not having seen it. After a long correspondence with Martin Landau, Lugosi, Jr. was persuaded to view the film in Landau's company, after which he declared that Landau had "honored" his father with his portrayal, and the actor and the late star's son became friends as a result. Among the inaccuracies: Bela Lugosi as Dracula United States stamp. ...


Wood did not meet Lugosi by chance on the street as shown in the film. He was introduced to Lugosi by his writer-producer friend Alex Gordon in 1952. Gordon wanted them to film his story, The Atomic Monster. When the financing fell through on this project, Wood went on to make Glen or Glenda with Lugosi. In 1955 Wood added more dialog to Gordon's story and turned it into Bride of the Atom (later Bride of the Monster.), taking full writing credit. Gordon went on to the newly-formed American International Pictures (Source: Starlog, November 1994.) The early AIP logo. ...


Being an old fashioned European, Lugosi was not prone to fits of swearing, particularly in front of women. When Tim Burton realized how funny it sounded hearing Lugosi shout curse words, he decided to clean up the language of the other characters to spotlight the joke.[verification needed] Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer notable for the quirky and gothic atmosphere of his films. ...


Lugosi was well known for his courtly manners and professional behavior on the set. The expletive-filled tirade over Boris Karloff as depicted during the filming of Glen or Glenda is ficticious. However, in private, Lugosi did express his bitter resentment over Karloff's continuing success and popularity while he was destitute and struggling to find work. Boris Karloff (born William Henry Pratt) (London, November 23, 1887 – February 2, 1969) was an English actor, who immigrated to Canada in the 1910s, best known for his roles in horror films and the creation of Frankensteins monster in 1931s Frankenstein. ...


Also in the Glen or Glenda segment, a makeup artist notices a row of needle marks on Lugosi's forearm. He was a morphine addict but was not an intravenous user. Instead, he injected the drug into his lower leg and covered the needle marks with band-aids. While getting his makeup applied he was actually afraid someone would notice the band-aids. (Source: the biography, Bela Lugosi: The Man Behind the Cape.)


Lugosi is depicted as living in the Baldwin Hills neighborhood in southwestern Los Angeles. In reality, Lugosi lived in Los Feliz, a Los Angeles neighborhood near Hollywood, at the time, and never lived in Baldwin Hills. This inaccuracy in the film may have been a deliberate aesthetic choice on Burton's part, because of Burton's love of 1950s suburban architecture, quite common in Baldwin Hills, most of which was developed after World War II, but rare in Los Feliz, which was developed in the 1910s and 1920s. Baldwin Hills is a district in southwestern Los Angeles, California, in South Los Angeles. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Contemporary view of L.A. from behind the Griffith Observatory in Los Feliz. ... Hollywood redirects here. ... Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


The scene of Lugosi freezing up on television is loosely based on a 1954 incident on Milton Berle's show. Berle began ad-libbing and Lugosi, being almost deaf at this point and a stickler to scripts, simply continued his dialogue while attempting to ignore Berle. Though a very awkward moment, the sketch did not grind to a halt as shown in the film.[verification needed] Milton Berle (July 12, 1908 - March 27, 2002) was an Emmy-winning American comedian who was born Milton Berlinger. ...


The attempted suicide by Lugosi depicted in the film is based on an account given by Ed Wood, but his is the only testimony of this incident. Most of Lugosi's friends and family have stated that he was deeply afraid of death and suicide would be completely against his nature.


Wood had no direct connection with Lugosi entering a rehabilitation center, though he did visit him often.


The account of Lugosi having to leave the hospital prematurely is only partially accurate. Lugosi was asked to leave the Motion Picture Country Home Hospital due to ineligibility after three weeks, so he quickly checked into Los Angeles General Hospital. There, he made a full recovery and newsreel footage exists of him leaving under his own power. In the interview, an ebullient Lugosi expresses his eagerness to start work on Wood's The Ghoul Goes West. (Source: This and other interviews were released as The Lugosi Files by Sinister Cinema.)


In the film, the famous footage of Lugosi picking a flower takes place outside Lugosi's house. In reality, the house belonged to Tor Johnson. Tor Johnson in Plan 9 from Outer Space This face was turned into a Halloween Mask Tor Johnson (October 19, 1903 – May 12, 1971) was a professional wrestler known as The Super Swedish Angel, and occasional actor. ...


The Burton film depicts Lugosi as dying alone and miserable. Lugosi's wife of 20 years, Lillian, did leave him in 1953, but he remarried in 1955 to Hope Lininger. They were together until his death a year later, but the marriage was largely unsuccessful. This fact, plus any reference to Lugosi's teenage son, Bela Jr., are omitted.


In the bio-pic, Lugosi's funeral is attended only by Ed Wood and his acolytes. In reality, Lugosi's funeral was well-attended by his family and numerous friends, though the ceremony was comparatively low-key to most Hollywood funerals.


Production

Origins

Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski had been thinking about writing a screenplay on Ed Wood's life since they were students at the University of Southern California film school.[3] Alexander even proposed making a documentary about Wood entitled, The Man in the Angora Sweater in his sophomore year at USC.[4] However, Karaszewski figured, "there would be no one on the planet Earth who would make this movie or want to make this movie, because these aren't the sort of movies that are made."[4] After school, they became established Hollywood screenwriters known for the Problem Child movie series. They wrote a ten-page treatment and pitched it to director Michael Lehmann who had also gone to USC. Karaszewski remembers that they sold it as "the guys who wrote Problem Child and the guy who directed Hudson Hawk making a movie about the worst filmmaker of all time."[4] Lehmann showed the treatment to producer Denise DiNovi and a deal was struck where Lehmann would direct and Tim Burton and DiNovi would produce.[3] Burton was due to direct the Jekyll and Hyde adaptation movie, Mary Reilly, and was staying in Poughkeepsie, New York when he was approached with the offer to produce Ed Wood.[5] The director began reading Nightmare of Ecstasy by Rudolph Grey (ISBN 0-922915-24-5), a full-length biography, which draws on interviews from Wood's family and colleagues. Alexander and Karaszewski wrote a 147-page script in six weeks, working 14-hour days, seven days a week[4] and this got Burton interested in directing the film.[6] The deciding factor for the filmmaker came when the studio wanted to make Mary Reilly sooner than he would have liked and starring Julia Roberts instead of his choice, Winona Ryder.[6] Burton decided to abandon the project and to direct Ed Wood instead with Lehmann moving to direct Airheads. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The USC School of Cinematic Arts, formerly named the School of Cinema-Television (CNTV), is a film school within the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. ... The Trojan Shrine, better known as Tommy Trojan located in the center of University of Southern California campus. ... Problem Child may refer to: Films: Problem Child (1990 film) Problem Child 2, 1991 Problem Child 3: Junior in Love A song: from the AC/DC album Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap from the Glue Gun album The Scene Is Not for Sale the 1977 single by The Damned by... Michael Lehmann (Born March 30, 1957) is an American film and television director. ... Hudson Hawk is a 1991 film, directed by Michael Lehmann. ... Denise Di Novi (born 1956) is an American film producer. ... The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll1and Mr. ... Mary Reilly is a 1996 film directed by Stephen Frears. ... Poughkeepsie City of Poughkeepsie Town of Poughkeepsie Poughkeepsie, Arkansas This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... This article is about the state. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former fashion model. ... Winona Ryder (born October 29, 1971) is a two-time Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning American actress. ... For other uses, see Airhead (disambiguation). ...


Burton and Wood

Burton admits to having always been a fan of Ed Wood, which is why the biopic is filmed with a certain sympathy and admiration rather than derision of Wood's work. Burton acknowledged that he probably portrayed Wood and his crew in an exaggeratedly sympathetic way, stating he did not want to ridicule people who had already been ridiculed for a good deal of their life. He said in an interview, "I've never seen anything like them, the kind of bad poetry and redundancy - saying in, like, five sentences what it would take most normal people one...Yet still there is a sincerity to them that is very unusual, and I always found that somewhat touching; it gives them a surreal, weirdly heartfelt feeling."[5] Burton's respect for Wood is also hinted at in his film Edward Scissorhands - the director has stated that he named the lead character in the film Edward because that's Wood's full first name. The relationship between Wood and Lugosi in the script echoes closely Burton's relationship with his own idol and two-time colleague, Vincent Price. He said in an interview, "Meeting Vincent had an incredible impact on me, the same impact Ed must have felt meeting and working with his idol."[3] Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 fantasy film, directed and co-written by Tim Burton and written by Caroline Thompson. ... Vincent Leonard Price Jr. ...


Pre-production

The film was originally in development with Columbia Pictures but when Burton wanted to shoot it in black and white, the studio wasn't going to back it because they claimed it would be a hard sell in foreign markets and on video[7] and unless they had a first-look deal.[3] The director insisted on total control and a month before shooting was scheduled to start, Columbia put the film in turnaround. Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, and 20th Century Fox became interested in optioning the film, but Burton went with Disney because they gave him total creative control on the condition that he work for scale.[3] The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... Warner Bros. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... Disney may refer to: The Walt Disney Company and its divisions, including Walt Disney Pictures. ...


Ed Wood gave Burton the opportunity to make a film that was more character-driven as opposed to style-driven. He said in an interview, "On a picture like this I find you don't need to storyboard. You're working mainly with actors, and there's no effects going on, so it's best to be more spontaneous."[6]


To get a hold on his character, Martin Landau started with make-up tests with Rick Baker. He didn't use extensive make-up applications, only enough to resemble Lugosi and allow Landau to use his face to act and express emotion.[8] For research, the actor watched 25 of Lugosi's films and seven interviews between the years of 1931 and 1956.[8] According to the actor, he did not want to deliver an over-the-top performance. "Lugosi was theatrical, but I never wanted the audience to feel I was an actor chewing the scenery...I felt it had to be Lugosi's theatricality, not mine."[8] Richard A. Rick Baker (born December 8, 1950 in Binghamton, New York, USA) is a Hollywood special makeup effects artist known for his realistic creature effects. ...


To portray Wood, Burton called Johnny Depp and "within 10 minutes of hearing about the project, I was committed," the actor remembers.[9] To get a handle on how to portray Wood, Depp approached Burton who suggested Andy Hardy. The actor said in an interview, "So I saw some Andy Hardy stuff. I had a couple of other things that spiced it up a bit. I came to him and I said, 'Listen, Andy Hardy, but look Ronald Reagan.' And Tim went, 'Wizard of Oz or Casey Kasem.'...We just boiled up this stew and shot it."[7] Andy Hardy was a fictional character played by Mickey Rooney in an extremely successful MGM film series from 1937 to 1947. ... Reagan redirects here. ... The Wizard of Oz (film) redirects here. ... Casey Kasem in 1989 Casey Kasem (born Kemal Amin Kasem on April 27, 1932, in Detroit, Michigan, USA, of Palestinian and Lebanese heritage) is an American radio personality and voice actor. ...


Shooting began in August 1993 and lasted 72 days.[7]


Reaction

Opening in two theaters on September 30, 1994, the film grossed $71,566 in its opening weekend and when it went into wide release on October 7, 1994 in 623 theaters, it grossed $1,903,768 in its opening weekend. As of May 31, 2007, it has grossed $5,887,457 in North America, well below its estimated $18 million production budget.[10] Despite the film being a commercial failure, Burton is very proud of the movie. He said, "I love the movie...It's just that no one came. I guess if I was like everybody else, I would just blame a bad marketing campaign. But that's too easy."[3] is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ...


The film was also shown at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.[2] The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival de Cannes), founded in 1939, is one of the worlds oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals. ...


Reviews were highly positive. As of September 16, 2007, it was given a rating of 90% on Rotten Tomatoes (dropping to 67% for their "Cream of the Crop" designation). is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


In his review for the Boston Globe, Jay Carr wrote, "Burton makes Ed Wood glow with conviction...Never has such a loser been transformed into such a winner."[11] Hal Hinson's review in the Washington Post praised the film: "Making a movie about the life of Ed Wood certainly qualifies as an impossible dream, but Burton has pulled it off with wit, imagination and something amazingly close to grace."[12] The Boston Globe is the most widely-circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and in the greater New England region. ... ...


Kim Newman, in his review for Sight and Sound magazine, wrote, "It is ironic that for all its anecdotal and elliptical approach, Ed Wood is Burton's most successful piece of proper storytelling."[13] Kim Newman (born July 31, 1959) is an English journalist, film critic, and fiction writer. ... Sight and Sound is a British monthly magazine about film. ...


DVD

The DVD edition of Ed Wood initially had difficulty reaching store shelves in North America due to unspecified legal issues. In February 2004, a DVD was shipped to stores, only to be recalled again without explanation—though some copies quickly found their way to collectors' venues such as eBay. The DVD was finally released on October 19, 2004, minus the transvestitism-themed featurette "When Carol Met Larry", which is highly speculated was the reason for the legal woes. (Others claimed that Burton thought the featurette mocked transvestites, counter to the themes of the film.) However, on the Dutch edition of the DVD (and probably the rest of region 2) this featurette is present. DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... This article is about the online auction center. ... is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Another theory states that the producers did not have the legal right to release a film including the song "Que Será Será" on DVD. The song barely plays in the background of one scene, but is featured prominently in the cut sequences included.


Yet another theory is that it was due to a deleted scene where Lugosi refers to 'those bastards at Universal'. This is supported in that this scene can only be found as an Easter egg on the final DVD release. The first easter egg. ...


References

  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113270/ The Haunted World Of Edward D. Wood, Jr.]
  2. ^ a b Carr, Jay. "Carving Out an Affectionate Look at Ed Wood", Boston Globe, October 2, 1994. Retrieved on 2007-05-31. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Salisbury, Mark. "Burton on Burton", Faber & Faber, 2000. 
  4. ^ a b c d Gore, Chris; Jeremy Berg. "Ed or Johnny: The Strange Case of Ed Wood", Film Threat, December 1994, pp. 36. 
  5. ^ a b Smith, Gavin. "Tim Burton: Punching Holes in Reality", Film Comment, November/December 1994, pp. 52-63. 
  6. ^ a b c French, Lawrence. "Tim Burton's Ed Wood", Cinefantastique, October 1994, pp. 32-34. 
  7. ^ a b c Clark, John. "The Wood, The Bad, and The Ugly", Premiere, 1994. 
  8. ^ a b c French, Lawrence. "Playing Bela Lugosi", Cinefantastique, October 1994, pp. 24-25. 
  9. ^ Arnold, Gary. "Depp sees promise in cult filmmaker Ed Wood's story", Washington Times, October 2, 1994. 
  10. ^ "Ed Wood", Box Office Mojo, May 31, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-05-31. 
  11. ^ Carr, Jay. "With a mix of optimism and denial, Tim Burton turns Wood into gold", Boston Globe, October 7, 1994. 
  12. ^ Hinson, Hal. "Ed Wood: When He Was Bad He Was Very Good", Washington Post, October 7, 1994. 
  13. ^ Newman, Kim. "Ed Wood", Sight and Sound, May 1995, pp. 44-45. 

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Ed Wood, Jr. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2293 words)
Wood also prided himself on the fact that he was the only film-maker other than Welles to be writer, director and usually an actor in most of his films, although it is likely that Wood took on all of these positions mostly to save time and money.
Wood’s careers of novelist and filmmaker would often intersect in that his books would often be novelisations of his own screenplays or that the stories from his novels would give way to the writing of a screenplay.
As Ed Wood is generally seen to be a naïve and friendly individual with high hopes but an easy-going attitude -- an image perhaps deriving from Johnny Depp's and Tim Burton's portrayal of him in the 1994 biopic -- some of his novels may be shocking to the average film/literature historian.
Ed Wood (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (882 words)
Ed Wood is a biopic directed by Tim Burton, stars Johnny Depp as the cross-dressing cult movie maker Edward D. Wood Jr.
The film, shot in fl and white, was made in 1994 and based in large part on Rudolph Grey's biography Nightmare of Ecstasy.
The film focuses on the period in Ed's life when he made his best-known films, and also his relationship with Bela Lugosi (Oscar winner Martin Landau), the down-on-his luck actor who had starred as Dracula in the film of the same name.
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