The Rum Diary Staggers Onto DVD and Blu-ray This February

Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary (2011) Movie Image

I haven’t been a very good Johnny Depp fan this year. Not only did I skip out on “Pirates of the Caribbean 4” — turns out I didn’t miss much — I also passed on “The Rum Diary” during its short trip to the box office back in October. Shame on me. Thankfully, I won’t have to wait too long before the latter shows up on home video, as the flick is already scheduled to hit retail shelves on February 14th, 2012. The $45 million flick didn’t make a whole lot of money for FilmDistrict, so I’m sure they’re eager to recoup their loses on home video. Good luck with that.

An extended synopsis is in order, I think:

Tiring of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul soon becomes obsessed with Chenault (Amber Heard), the wildly attractive Connecticut-born fiancйe of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart). Sanderson is one of a growing number of American entrepreneurs who are determined to convert Puerto Rico into a capitalist paradise in service of the wealthy. When Kemp is recruited by Sanderson to write favorably about his latest unsavory scheme, the journalist is presented with a choice: to use his words for the corrupt businessmen’s financial benefit, or use them to take the bastards down.

There’s no artwork as of this writing, but you can take a peek at the trailer if you’d like.

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