This review appeared in Frontier Issue 22 July 2001.
This Tim Burton-helmed version of the “great American tale” is dark and gruesome while at the same time a complete hoot, with Burton’s trademark twisted sense of humour. This is not to say it is a comedy, but rather a dark fantasy story of love, lust and revenge as Johnny Depp’s quirky New York police constable investigates a series of grisly murders in the hamlet of Sleepy Hollow, where heads have a habit of leaving their bodies behind…
It’s a wonderful story well told with Depp giving a likeable, comedic performance as Ichabod Crane, Christina Ricci is the beautiful maiden in the centre of the mystery, and the ever reliable Christopher Walken suitably over-the-top (when his head is attached) as the Headless Horseman.
The DVD transfer quality is excellent, capturing the colours and lights very well. Sounds is also great. In the way of extra features Sleepy Hollow isn’t overflowing, but there is a behind-the-scenes featurette, Director’s commentary, cast/crew bios, trailer and photo gallery. A definite must for fans of the genre and Burton’s work.