May 29, 2023

Feature:The Essential Johnny Depp


Johnny Depp is without a doubt one of the biggest movie stars in the world – arguably the biggest. He can open blockbusters on his name alone, and he is one of those actors that is always watchable, no matter what he is in. September sees him return to the role of Jack Sparrow with the release of fourth instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean, On Stranger Tides, on 3D Blu-Ray, Double Play and DVD. Which gives us the perfect opportunity to run down Depp’s greatest performances…

Edward Scissorhands
Johnny Depp made his name as the star of teen detective TV show 21 Jump Street, which cemented him as a teen idol. He was quick to subvert this image tough, appearing in John Waters satirical musical Cry Baby. But it was his turn as the titular hero of this dark fairytale that established Depp as not just a pretty face. It was also the first of many collaborations between Depp and director Tim Burton, including Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland. (imdb)

Donnie Brasco
This classic crime drama told the real life story of undercover FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone, who adopted the Brasco alias when he infiltrates the mob. Depp easily held his own against screen legend and gangster movie icon Al Pacino, and was completely believable as a man torn between two identities and differing codes of honour.(imdb)

Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas
Many felt Hunter S Thompson’s classic piece of counter-culture reportage was unfilmable, but Terry Gilliam’s surreal adaption proved them wrong. Depp is electrifying in a film where it would be very easily to be overshadowed by the effects, and he nailed the eccentric Thompson perfectly. He researched the role by meeting with him in real life, and they remained good friends until the journalist’s death. Depp went on to narrate Gonzo, a documentary about Thompson’s life, and even paid for his ashes to be fired from a 150ft canon, as per his final request. (imdb)

Depp again starred in a real life crime story, this time playing George Jung, the infamous cocaine dealer who went from Weymouth, Massachusetts to become part of Pablo Escobar’s notorious Medellin Cartel. Depp delivers an excellent and atypical performance, eschewing all his real life confidence and cool to play a naive man swept up by the ride and way out of his depth.(imdb)

Finding Neverland
This biography of Peter Pan author J M Barrie, also starred Kate Winslet and Dustin Hoffman, and featured Depp delivering an impeccable British accent. Some questioned the film glossing over some of the possibly darker elements of Barrie’s story, but in truth the film is just a genuinely heartwarming story of the inspiration for a classic children’s tale. Depp went on to be Oscar nominated for his performance.(imdb)

Public Enemies
Depp played legendary bank robber John Dillinger, pursued by FBI Agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale), in Michael Mann’s period crime thriller. Mann took the controversial option of shooting the film hand held, on digital cameras, giving the film a look more associated with documentaries than historical fiction. It worked a treat, however, bringing an immediacy to the film, and Depp’s vibrant, exciting performance definitely adds to this. (imdb)

Pirates of The Caribbean: On Strange Tides
Johnny Depp has always been a great actor, but it was his role as swashbuckling buccaneer Captain Jack Sparrow in the first Pirates that truly made him an international superstar. The film was such a hit that it has gone to produce three blockbuster sequels, the latest of which, Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, comes to 3D Blu-Ray, Double Play and DVD on 12 September. The fourth instalment of the phenomenal series has already taken over $1 Billion at the worldwide box office and once again delivers thrills, adventure, humour, action and excitement by the keg load. (IMDB)

the latest swashbuckling adventure will reach UK shores 12 September 2011

– It’s time to return to the high seas with the world’s favourite pirate asPirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides hits stores
exclusively on Disney 3D Blu-ray, Double Play & DVDfrom 12 September 2011.

The fourth instalment of the phenomenal series has already taken over $1 Billion at the worldwide box office and once again delivers thrills, adventure, humour, action and excitement by the keg load.

Johnny Depp is back as the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow in a tale of truth, betrayal, youth….and mermaids!Crossing hearts (and swords) with Depp on this fantastic new voyage is Hollywood beauty Penelope Cruz, Oscar™ winner Geoffrey Rush – reprising his role as the legendary Barbossa – and British acting legend Ian McShane as the most feared pirate of them all; Blackbeard.

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Directed by Rob Marshall, Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides was shot entirely in Disney Digital 3D™, taking audiences into Jack Sparrow’s world in a way never experienced before. Now they can immerse themselves from the comfort of their own home as the film comes to Disney 3D Blu-ray with a whole host of extras including Bloopers of the Caribbean and Lego® Pirates of the Caribbean Shorts.

The legendary Bruckheimer has produced all four of what is already one of the most successful franchises in movie history. In this brand an in this new action-packed adventure, Captain Jack crosses paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penélope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica, with whom he shares a mysterious past.

The international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack’s long-time comrade Joshamee Gibbs, plus Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Bergès Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid.

Filled with eye-popping battle scenes, mystery, all-out wit, and complete with a bounty of bonus features, this
is one thrilling journey fans won’t want to end.Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides is available from 12 September 2011 on Disney 3D Blu-ray, Double Play & DVD. 

DVD Bonus Features
 Bloopers of the Caribbean
 Lego® Pirates of the Caribbean Shorts
 Learn How To Take Your Favourite Movies on the Go
 Discover Blu-ray 3D™ With Timon & Pumbaa
Blu-ray Bonus Features
 Bloopers of the Caribbean
 Lego® Pirates of the Caribbean Shorts
 Audio Commentary by Director Rob Marshall and Executive Producer John DeLuca
 Discover Blu-ray 3D™ With Timon & Pumbaa
 Learn How To Take Your Favourite Movies on the Go
Product Information
 Release date: 12 September 2011
 Starring: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane, Geoffrey Rush
 Director: Rob Marshall
 Certificate: 12
 Running Time: 131 minutes approx

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