The holidays always bring releases of big films on DVD. The studios aren’t silly! They know that Christmas is a time to make some more $$ on those big budget films. This holiday season is no exception. The two big DVD releases are Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End. As some of you might know, I have a mild thing for Johnny Depp (which started with 21 Jump Street). Last Spring I ran a film program here at HBPL called “Not Just a Pirate – the Films of Johnny Depp”. As part of the program I always opened with a short lecture about the life of JD and/or the film being screened. At the time, one of the patrons mentioned that it would be nice to have the lectures available on our website. So as a little holiday treat for you…click here for an abridged version of those lectures.
Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End comes out December 4th and will, of course, be available at HBPL!! (as will Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix which comes out December 11th).
The other Depp film, Sweeney Todd, will be coming to theatres on December 21st. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp teaming up once again to make a film version of my favorite Stephen Sondheim musical. Johnny singing, dancing and wielding a straight razor; what else could one want for the holidays!?