The age of physical media may be going the way of the dodo bird, but there are still legitimate cases to be made for having an extensive Blu-ray collection. Streaming your films may be wonderful if your internet never gets laggy, but from my perspective having a disc handy, especially with first rate features, is absolutely necessary.
Murder on the Orient Express, ambitiously directed by Kenneth Branagh (who’s also convincing as Hercule Poirot), is an absolute visual stunner. Branagh brings his underrated cinematic scope (for examples, check out his flicks Hamlet and Thor) into Agatha Christie’s immersive world, as Poirot investigates the passengers on a train where someone was recently murdered.
Boasting an all-star cast that includes Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, and Michelle Pfeiffer (delivering the film’s most standout performance!), Murder on the Orient Express is a must-have if you love watching a beautifully mounted production that’s anchored by first rate stortyelling.
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Murder on the Orient Express also boasts an array of special features, but the crown jewel of the extras are its deleted scenes. The 16 minutes worth of extra footage brings a more comedic element to the proceedings, as Poirot’s obsessive grooming is played for laughs. Also included is a surreal montage sequence which Branagh cites as an homage to the Salvador Dali scene in Spellbound. Last but not least, there is an extended section at the Arasta Bazaar which introduces all the major players of the film (the final scene is much more brisk). The extras also include several featurettes (including a spotlight on Agatha Christie and the music behind the film) as well as commentary from Branagh and screenwriter Michael Green.
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.
Kenneth Branaghdoesn’t mind taking on literary giants, and now he’s in Agatha Christie territory with Murder on the Orient Express. Directing the film and starring as Hercule Poirot was a creative challenge for the filmmaker, and he definitely wanted to bring a different take to the 1974 version.
“The one thing (screenwriter) Michael Green wanted to do that I applauded was show Poirot in action from the word go,” said Branagh. “I present a denouement at the beginning of the show from a case that we did not know. When I read the script to begin with, the thing I found most delicious was leaning forward thinking what is he doing exactly? From the time he puts that pane on the wall, He’s just a bit mad, isn’t he, this fellow.”
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Co-starring Daisy Ridley and Johnny Depp, Murder on the Orient Express is now playing nationwide.
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.