Kenneth Branagh’s inspired adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express hits Blu-ray and DVD February 27 via Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Branagh, who directed the feature, stars as the inscrutable Hercule Poirot, the detective who is trying his best to solve a murder that takes place during a tragic train ride. The all star cast includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, and Judi Dench.
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Special features on both versions include a plethora of featurettes (“Agatha Christie: An Intimate Portrait,” “Let’s Talk About Hercule Poirot,” Unusual Suspects (Part One, Two and Three), “The Art of Murder,” “Music of Murder,” “All Aboard: Filming Murder on the Orient Express.
Along with commentary from Branagh, the filmmaker also provides optional commentary on the disc’s deleted scenes.
Writer Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express spawned a popular 1974 feature and now director/actor Kenneth Branagh has assembled an A-list cast for the latest cinematic iteration.
Co-star Johnny Depp, who plays a tough talking mobster named Ratchett, praised Branagh’s ability as a filmmaker. “He allows people to be and I think that’s one of the best things is that he allows people to do their job to the best of their ability” said Depp. “And that does everything in terms of having a set that’s conducive to creative sparring, searching, wrenching out something absurd to get a certain reaction of someone. So basically what I’m saying is you have the opportunity to try anything.”
The movie also reunites Depp with his Chocolat co-star Judi Dench. Click on the media bar to hear the actor give his thoughts on the venerated actress:
Murder on the Orient Express, co-starring Daisy Ridleyand Branagh as Hercule Poirot, opens nationwide Friday, November 3.
One of cinema’s most versatile filmmakers is Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace), as seamless genre hopping is one of his trademarks. Halle Berry (she won an Oscar for Monster’s Ball), Will Ferrell (Stranger Than Fiction), and Johnny Depp (Finding Neverland) have delivered some of their finest work under his watch, and now Blake Lively may just follow suit with All I See Is You.
The story centers on Gina (Blake Lively) a woman whose blindness is seemingly cured after a corneal transplant. Regaining her sight gradually has a negative impact on her relationship with her husband James (Jason Clarke), as he was more than happy to be Gina’s eyes into the world (the couple live in Bangkok, Thailand). This is Forster’s first directing effort since 2013’s zombie epic World War Z, and it’s great to see him return to more smaller scale, intimate driven fare. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
As a three-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner, Johnny Depp must have been born to be an actor, right? Not exactly. He always wanted to be a performer, but early on, his artistic aspirations were to be a musician! But after a decade of pursuing his dreams of rock stardom, his life took a sudden turn. (Click on the media bar below to hear Johnny Depp)
Johnny Depp is currently channeling his inner Keith Richards in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which is playing in theaters everywhere.