First came the DVD, then the extended version, then the Blu-ray and now Disney are re-releasing some of their catalogue in Blu-ray/DVD Combi Packs, presumably to keep them in line with their recent releases…oh, and to make a heap of money as well!
Blu-ray / DVD Combi Pack
The titles being released as Blu-ray / DVD Combi packs on November 2nd are as follow:
Pirates Of The Caribbean – The Curse Of The Black Pearl Combi Pack (Blu-ray + DVD)
Enchanted Combi Pack (Blu-ray + DVD)
The Nightmare Before Christmas Combi Pack (Blu-ray + DVD)
The Chronicles Of Narnia – The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe Combi Pack (Blu-ray + DVD)
The Chronicles Of Narnia – Prince Caspian Combi Pack (Blu-ray + DVD)
Cars Combi Pack (Blu-ray + DVD)
Tinker Bell Combi Pack (Blu-ray + DVD)
High School Musical Combi Pack (Blu-ray + DVD)
Ratatouille Combi Pack (Blu-ray + DVD)
Of those we have Pirates of the Caribbean on both DVD and Blu-ray, Enchanted on Blu-ray, The Nightmare Before Christmas on DVD, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe on DVD, Cars on Blu-ray and DVD, High School Musical on DVD and Ratatouille on Blu-ray. These Combi Packs are all priced at £12.98 ($20.87) which is a pretty damn good price and less than I paid for any of the Blu-rays, and probably the DVDs at the time. As an avid Disney collector, am I tempted to re-buy any of those that I have? In a word, no. That said I’m probably not the target consumer for these deals, more likely they are for people who don’t already have these titles. I don’t have Prince Caspian and am very tempted to get this Combi Pack at just £12.98 as I like to play Blu-ray in the lounge and DVDs elsewhere in the house.
It’ll be interesting to see if other companies follow suit, but as usual Disney are the front runners in the way Blu-rays are released.
Rumours are abound that recently disgraced (by way of a Daily Mail bandwagon) Russell Brand will star in the next Pirates of the Caribbean as Captain Jack Sparrow’s brother.
He has the look, as the above photo of him dressed as Captain Jack shows, and his general demeanour is pretty much there already. Does he have the acting skills? I’ve not seen St. Trinians or Forgetting Sarah Marshall to pass comment on that, but I have high hopes…on the high seas?
MMOG = Massively Multiplayer Online Game
Pirates Online is a Pirates of the Caribbean MMOG, apparently! I recall hearing about this when it was in development, but then our son came along and I thought nothing more of it. It’s been going for a year a now and some fun stats about the game are thus:
– Ships Sunk: 121,602,136
– Hands of Blackjack Played: 19,815,360
– Number of Ship Repairs Completed: 33,829,645
– Tattoos Purchased: 288,547
It’s free to play and can be downloaded here – maybe when things calm down a bit I too can fulfil those pirate dreams, virtually.
Following on from Zac Efron’s announcement that High School Musical 3 would be his last in the franchise, he has signed up to star in the 4th installment of the continuing Pirates of the Caribbean saga.
Keen to keep arguably the most popular star among teens in the world on their books, Disney have shifted from one popular franchise to another. With Efron starring alongside Johnny Depp in the upcoming pirate tale, is there a female alive that won’t want to see this film?
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In the best film related news since the announcement of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and its subsequent sequels, a 4th Pirates of the Caribbean has been all but confirmed!
Yes, the mighty Johnny Depp will be reprising his role as the swashbuckling Captain Jack Sparrow, but there will be no return for Knightly and Bloom, so no Elizabeth and Will. The Hollywood grapevine is saying that Geoffrey Rush will be back which means Captain Barbossa graces our screens once more and that Gore Verbinski will be back at the helm to direct.
With the announcement of Depp and Rush I am hoping for a prequel which will story the conflict between Sparrow and Rush that was alluded to in the first film. The story of Elizabeth and Will has run its course so their absence won’t be missed here. Other characters I’d like to see return are Lee Arenberg and Mackenzie Crook as Pintel and Ragetti respectively, and possibly Naomie Harris as Tia Dalma to tell the story of her time with Barbossa. Stellan Skarsgård as Bootstrap Bill would seem appropriate too and would be an extra family tie in to the first three films.
As an obsessive of the ride at Disneyland Resort Paris ride and a huge fan of the first three films, I am overjoyed that a 4th film is more than likely going to be made – Yo Ho Yo Ho, A Pirates Life For Me – Indeed!
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