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Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides“All the comedy, thrills and plenty of
  spills of the first three Pirates Of The
  Caribbean
films combine in a new
  adventure as the totally unique Captain
  Jack Sparrow crosses swords with
  the notorious Blackbeard, his daughter,
  and some very determined Spaniards
  — all searching for the elusive Fountain
  of Youth in Pirates Of The Caribbean:
  On Stranger Tides
...”

PROVING THAT SOME SEQUELS CAN ONLY GET BETTER, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides hooks the viewer from the word Go and sucks you inextricably into the hilariously funny yet thrilling high-seas action adventure that is the fourth instalment of the phenomenal series.

Packed with excitement by the keg-load, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has already taken over $1 billion worldwide at the box office and stars the enigmatic Johnny Depp as the impossibly roguish, charming and iconic Captain Jack Sparrow, hell-bent on being the first to find the fabled Fountain of Youth.

In London, England, Captain Jack Sparrow's long-time comrade Joshamee Gibbs (Kevin R MacNally) has been mistaken for the pirate captain himself, arrested and put on trial for his life. Jack comes to the rescue but his plans go awry and the pair end up at Hampton Court Palace in the presence of King George — who has heard that the Spanish know where to find the Fountain of Youth and wants Jack's map that shows its location.

Jack's old adversary, the vengeful (and now peg-legged!) Captain Hector Barbossa (Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush), is with the king; and he claims to have sunk Jack's ship, The Black Pearl. Watch Jack extra-carefully at this point: he never does anything without a reason. His escape from the Palace is spectacular, brilliantly funny and superbly executed; especially his brief encounter with a Society Lady (the magnificent Judi Dench) and his landing in the bosom of The Captain's Daughter.

Rescued by the one who loves him the most, Jack is warned that the Fountain of Youth — for which he needs two silver chalices and a mermaid's tear — will test him. While in the tavern, he discovers someone is impersonating him and makes an astounding discovery as he fights the impostor. Cue a great one-liner from the film: "You've stolen me and I'm here to take myself back," says Jack.

Press-ganged aboard Queen Anne's Revenge, Jack comes face to face with Blackbeard (British acting legend Ian McShane), the most feared pirate of them all, and the lovely Angelica (Hollywood beauty Penélope Cruz). Angry that he once loved her and left her after seducing her, Angelica has her own agenda while Blackbeard is intent on finding the Fountain of Youth — no matter what.

Blackbeard and his zombie officers are utterly ruthless and have taken prisoner a stalwart missionary, Philip (Sam Claflin), who manages to accidentally trap a beautiful young mermaid, Syrena (prettily played by Astrid Bergès-Frisbey). As she becomes an unwilling pawn for Blackbeard, Jack doesn't know who to fear the most — the deadly pirate or Angelica.

Will Jack (or anyone else, for that matter!) find the fabled Fountain of Youth and take advantage of its powers? Is Angelica the love of Jack's life, or is she just a clever and ruthless con artist who is using him to find the Fountain of Youth?

Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was filmed at Hampton Court Palace and Pinewood Studios in England; Kauai, Hawaii and Oahu in Hawaii; and Puerto Rico. Featuring a special appearance (and disappearance!) by Keith Richards as Captain Teague, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is the fourth of what is already one of the most successful movie franchises in history and all are produced by the legendary Jerry Bruckheimer.

The film was shot entirely in Disney digital 3D, taking audiences into Jack Sparrow's world in a way never experienced before. Now you can immerse yourself from the comfort of your own home as the film comes to Disney 3D Blu-ray with a whole fleet of extras.

Filled with eye-popping battle scenes, mystery and all-out wit, this is a thrilling journey you won't want to end. Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is perfectly crafted, thrilling, brilliantly hilarious and given an intriguing and clever supernatural slant. Warning: Do not turn off at the credits — there is one more scene at the end.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides also features: Stephen Graham as Scrum; Greg Ellis as Graves; Oscar Jaenada as The Spaniard; Damian O'Hare as Gillette; Anton Lesser as Lord John Carteret; Roger Allum as Prime Minister Henry Pelham; Judi Dench as Society Lady; Sebastian Armesto as King Ferdinand; and Robbie Kay as Cabin Boy.

Director of Photography is Dariusz Wolski, ASC; Costume Designer is Penny Rose; Visual Effects Supervisor is Charles Gibson; Music is by Hans Zimmer with Featured Guitar Performances by Rodrigo y Gabriela; Screen Story and Screenplay is by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio; Suggested by the novel by Tim Powers; Based on Characters Created by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio and Stuart Beattie and Jay Wolpert; Based on Walt Disney's Pirates Of The Caribbean; Executive Producers: Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, John DeLuca, Barry Waldman, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio; Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer; and Directed by Rob Marshall.

Take to the high seas, me 'earties as the latest swashbuckling adventure of Pirates Of The Caribbean, On Stranger Tides is released in the UK only on Disney 3D Blu-ray, Double Play and DVD on 12 September 2011. Certificate: 12 | Running Time: 131 Minutes Approx.

DVD Bonus Features — Bloopers of the Caribbean; Lego Pirates of the Caribbean Shorts; Learn How To Take Your Favourite Movies On The Go; Discover Blu-ray 3D with Timon & Pumbaa.

Blu-ray Bonus Features — As above, but additionally: Audio Commentary by Director Rob Marshall and Executive producer John DeLuca.

"Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is perfectly crafted, thrilling, brilliantly hilarious and given an intriguing and clever supernatural slant"
Maggie Woods, MotorBar