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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 7, 2017
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Commentary by director Tim Burton
- "Sleepy Hollow: Behind the Legend" featurette
- Selected cast biographies
- Exclusive cast & crew interviews
- Photo gallery
- 2 theatrical trailers
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English, French
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Johnny Depp & Christina Ricci|
|Performer:||Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Casper Van Dien, Jeffrey Jones, Christopher Lee, Richard Griffiths, Ian McDiarmid, Michael Gough & Martin Landau|
|Directed by||Tim Burton|
|Edited by||Chris Lebenzon|
|Screenwriting by||Andrew Kevin Walker|
|Composition by||Danny Elfman|
|Produced by||Scott Rudin & Adam Schroeder|
|Director of Photography:||Emmanuel Lubezki|
|Executive Production by||Francis Ford Coppola|
Academy Awards 1999 - Best Art Direction: Rick Heinrichs
4 stars out of 5 -- It's breathtakingly visual with ravishing production design....SLEEPY HOLLOW is an absolute treat.
Rating: 3/5 -- The pace and tension are both kept up throughout the film, aided and abetted by Danny Elfman's dramatic score and the remarkable visuals. Full Review
Burton, for all his skill, never ranges beyond the thrills of the obvious; he doesn't enlarge the meaning of the horror he shows us, the way a Brian De Palma might.
New York Magazine/Vulture
Rating: 4.5/5 -- Even when the narrative stalls from too many detours and decapitations, Sleepy Hollow is gorgeous filmmaking that brims over with fun-house thrills and ravishing romance.
...Entertaining and sometimes rather elegant....This is the best-looking horror film since Coppola's BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA...
...Fine cast... -- 3 out of 5 stars
...SLEEPY HOLLOW is gorgeous filmmaking that brims over with funhouse thrills and ravishing romance...
In Tim Burton's stylish, creepy retelling of the classic Washington Irving story, SLEEPY HOLLOW, Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is a squeamish, bookish 18th century New York City investigator sent to a small town in lower Westchester county to look into three mysterious decapitations. When the always rational Crane arrives at the little Dutch village, he finds that most of the townsfolk believe the culprit to be the Headless Horseman, the ghost of a monstrous Hessian soldier (Christopher Walken), who seems to be mysteriously tied in to one of the town's most prominent families. Burton's natural instincts for campy humor, combined with the hauntingly gorgeous technical work (Emmanuel Lubezki's cinematography and Danny Elfman's score included), collide to create a work of exhilarating entertainment and poetic storytelling. Miranda Richardson, Casper Van Dien and Christina Ricci help make up an ensemble cast that, combined with the historically accurate village sets and dreamlike magic of the haunted Western Woods--created on the largest sound stage in film history--makes SLEEPY HOLLOW a visually stunning, gripping, and, at times, chilling film.
- Theatrical release: November 19, 1999.
- SLEEPY HOLLOW grossed more than $100 million worldwide.
- The first two "Sleepy Hollow" films--both silent and based on Washington Irving's classic story--were both entitled THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, and were made in 1908 and 1912.
- In researching his role as Ichabod Crane, Johnny Depp said he wanted to recreate the acting style of old Hollywood horror films like FRANKENSTEIN and THE MUMMY.
To create the decapitation effects in the film, each victim (aka actor) was cast in plaster from the shoulders up, then their likeness was recreated in the form of a severed head.
- At times during filming, director Burton actually lent a hand in doctoring the set with paint, fake snowflakes, etc., and created his own detailed sketches of the sets and characters before filming.
- Christopher Walken, who plays the Headless Horseman, admits he is not a good horseman himself, so for some of his more difficult riding scenes, a mechanical horse (the same one that was actually ridden by Elizabeth Taylor in 1944's NATIONAL VELVET) was used.
- Director Burton admits he has a penchant for FRANKENSTEIN (a la James Whale) references. This is evident in the following of his films: in SLEEPY HOLLOW, when a sensational showdown occurs at a burning windmill; in FRANKENWEENIE, the windmill scene in FRANKENSTEIN is virtually duplicated; in EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, a half-finished creature of a mad scientist lives in lonely isolation in a Gothic castle.
- In fall 2000, Tim Burton premiered the first episode of his cartoons, STAINBOY, on the Internet. In addition to classic Burton touches, the short features a score by Danny Elfman.
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