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.
She may know the ways of the force, but Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley admitted she was a bit intimidated working with the A-list cast (Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz) that popular Murder on the Orient Express. Thankfully, director/actor Kenneth Branagh made her feel at home.
“I was excited on so many levels,” said Ridley. “And then was obviously super super nervous and felt like I really didn’t deserve to be there and he made me feel so comfortable and so happy (and he made me feel) like I was a great addition which is a nice feeling when you feel slightly overwhelmed by the people you’re working with.”
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Murder on the Orient Express opens nationwide Friday, November 10.
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.
In theaters today, SKYFALL is the 23rd James Bond film in the popular franchise that began as a series of novels first published fifty years ago. Shot on locations all over the globe, the film marks a revitalization of the series and (really) should have Bond fans dancing in the streets. Directed by SAM MENDES from a screenplay by JOHN LOGAN, NEAL PURVIS and ROBERT WADE, the cast once again features DANIEL CRAIG as Brit secret agent 007 as well as RALPH FIENNES, JAVIER BARDEM, JUDI DENCH and BEN WHISHAW in supporting roles.
Meeting with entertainment reporters at the posh Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills just a couple of days ago, director SAM MENDES offered up his theory on why the Bond series has persevered for five decades. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Soon to open in theaters (and arguably one of the best films of the year), SKYFALL is the 23rd James Bond film in the popular franchise and occupied locations all over the globe to revitalize and reboot the series. Directed by SAM MENDES from a screenplay by JOHN LOGAN, NEAL PURVIS and ROBERT WADE. the cast, once again, features DANIEL CRAIG as Brit secret agent 007 as well as RALPH FIENNES, JAVIER BARDEM, JUDI DENCH and BEN WHISHAW. During a recent interview, CRAIG paid homage to the films that started the ball rolling when he was asked to name his favorite adventures in the JAMES BOND legacy. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)