Monday, October 17, 2011


"Pirates" fans wait no longer because the release of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" is tomorrow on DVD 3D, 2D and blu-ray.  See Ian McShane (SWATH's 'Caesar The Dwarf Leader) as 'Blackbeard' and Sam Claflin (SWATH's Prince Charmant) as 'Philip'.

Entertainment Weekly interviewed McShane for the DVD release. Here are some excerpts:

" Yeah. Johnny’s got quite quirky, eclectic musical tastes and so do I. I’m a huge fan of [Frank] Zappa and Beefheart. Johnny’s very versed in that time."

"Johnny is very easy company and so is Penelope [Cruz] and Geoffrey [Rush]. It was just too long. Those movies, they just go on too long. You know, six months. You want them to finish after four."

"Sword fighting? Oh, yeah. Well, you train at that at drama school. I hadn’t done much for many years. But the amount you do is pretty minimal. You do it [once] with cameras and if you’re smart you let the stuntmen to do the rest of it, so you look good. Really really good. I love those actors that say, “I’ll do all of it!” You say, “Are you sure? I don’t think so. Come on, that’s what the guy gets paid for, making you look good!” Victor Mature was the original guy who never did [stunts]. Apparently, he was injured once."

Read all of McShane's interview here at EW. provides a review of the movie as well as the technical aspects of the DVD.  You can read all of their insights here.  Below are the features of the DVD:

In addition to 2D and 3D versions of the film, the 3D edition of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides includes a third Blu-ray disc packed with a variety of high definition extras. (The 2D-only release offers an audio commentary, a blooper reel and an animated Lego short. Nothing more.) It isn't exactly exhaustive, mind you, but the inclusion of a production documentary, a series of featurettes, several deleted scenes, and other bonus materials make the 5-disc On Stranger Tides 3D release the way to go, regardless of whether or not you have a 3D-capable display. If, that is, you feel an additional 75-minutes of special features are worth the 3D edition's higher price. Decisions, decisions.

Disney Second Screen: Sync On Stranger Tides with your computer or iPad via Disney's downloadable app to enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes content and other goodies.

Audio Commentary: Executive producer John DeLuca and director Rob Marshall wander through the wake of On Stranger Tides, firing off anecdote after anecdote, discussing the difficulties they faced during production, and offering up a few refreshingly candid observations. It isn't a very insightful commentary, though, and the filmmakers tend to get caught up in complementing every performer, oohing and aahing every effect, and praising every aspect of the adventure.

Legends of On Stranger Tides (HD, 36 minutes): Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, writer Terry Rossio, Johnny Depp, Marshall and other key members of the cast and crew dive into the fourth Pirates. Interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, production meetings and other materials await those who venture within.

In Search of the Fountain (HD, 11 minutes): A look at Tides' take on the Fountain of Youth, the legends and myths that inspired it, and its realization on screen. That said, many of the early concepts showcased in the featurette are superior to the Fountain that made it into the final film.

Last Sail, First Voyage (HD, 8 minutes): Ian McShane and the filmmakers explore the Queen Anne's Revenge and dissect Blackbeard, a villain Bruckheimer declares "the most evil character we've ever given you."

Under the Scene: Bringing Mermaids to Life (HD, 9 minutes): This visual effects featurette delves into the development, design, casting and final look of the film's siren-like creatures.

Deleted and Extended Scenes (HD, 9 minutes): Five deleted and extended scenes -- "Old Bill," "Smart Now," "Tonight," "Tango" and "Voodoo Doll" -- with introductions by director Rob Marshall.

Johnny Vs. Geoffrey (HD, 3 minutes): Captain Jack goes toe to toe and eventually joins forces with Captain Barbosa.

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (HD, 5 minutes): Watch a few scenes with a Lego twist.

Bloopers of the Caribbean (HD, 3 minutes): An outtake reel rounds out the proceedings.

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