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

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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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Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at)