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Production Finally Begins on The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp

Walt Disney Picture’s modus operandi of late is to try and schedule one tent-pole movie every summer. One film ‘guaranteed’ to rake in close to a billion dollars (if not more) at the box office that will make up for some of the weaker performances in the studios limited slate of releases. Admittedly they’d have mixed results with this strategy (Prince of Persia anyone), but results have always been great when you put Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski together. And that’s why Disney is now moving post-haste to get The Lone Ranger ready for it’s 2013 Memorial Day weekend date with the box office.

As you read through the press release below, you can’t help but think this group of all-stars will hit it out of the park… right?

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Blu-Ray/DVD Review

The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland has spawned one of the most successful movie franchises of all time. That’s quite a tribute to Walt Disney and the Imagineer team that created the ride. So, how does the fourth movie in the the set measure up? Pretty well, I thought.

A new Director, Rob Marshall, set much of the cast from the first three films on the sidelines and instead focused on Johnny Depp’s character of Captain Jack Sparrow by taking him out of his element for much of the film. That creates much of the films tension while the other characters went around in their sub-plots without many surprises. That’s not to say the performances were bad, they were great, or the writing was stiff, it moved the pace along quite nicely. But it was a different film than the first three. Which, for many, was a good thing.

The best Blu-Ray extra was the commentary from director Rob Marshall and executive producer John DeLuca. I also liked the deleted scenes. If you’re lucky enough to own a 3D TV, then you’ll want to make sure to pick up the Limited Edition version with the 3D.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides hits DVD shelves on Oct 18th

The fourth film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean saga may have been missing a few key elements of the original films, but it did the legacy of the attraction it was based on proud. In Pirates 4, we dive deeper into the epic quest to find the fountain of youth. Of course, Johnny Depp returned as Captain Jack Sparrow and helped score over $1 billion in Box Office loot. Now, it can be yours on Blu-ray or DVD, including a special 3D version and digital download starting October 18th.

The full announcement is below the jump:

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Disney halts production of Depp Vehicle “The Lone Ranger”

When you have Johnny Depp, aka the billion dollar box office guarantee, atop the marquee, you’d think $50 million isn’t that much to haggle over. Regardless, Disney studios has halted production on “The Lone Ranger” in an effort to shave said sum off the reported… Read More »Disney halts production of Depp Vehicle “The Lone Ranger”

Pirates Of The Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides Rules Box Office

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides hoisted sail to the top spot at the box office this weekend earning $90 million in domestic sales. Add that to an additional $256.3 million overseas and you get $346.4 million worldwide. That’s the fourth largest worldwide… Read More »Pirates Of The Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides Rules Box Office