Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy on Blu-ray
by Jef Burnham
Now available from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.
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As the summer release of the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, On Stranger Tides, approaches, Walt Disney Studios offers audiences the chance to experience the early adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow in this 7-disc Blu-ray collection.
Let’s be honest. For some, the purchase of this release will likely be an extraordinary waste of money. Since the Pirates films are recent additions to the Disney library of films, the initial DVD releases of the films were already presented in the highest quality transfers. After all, Disney is unlikely to neglect their films, especially those that so recently busted the blocks of summer. As such, anyone without a top-of-the-line home entertainment system and already in possession of the 2-disc editions of the Pirates films will benefit little from the upgrade.
However, for those with 1080p televisions and high-end surround sounds, or those yet to purchase the trilogy at all, the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy on Blu-ray will make an excellent addition to your Blu-ray library— and a surprisingly affordable one at that. The picture transfer here is typical of Disney’s Blu-ray releases, in that it looks absolutely phenomenal, and the sound will likely rock you right off your sofa.
The special features included in the 2-discs of the individual films are identical to those of the previous DVD releases. However, by way of providing viewers with never-before-seen material, Disney has produced an all-new bonus disc for the Blu-ray release of the trilogy. The bonus disc includes deleted and extended scenes from Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End with optional commentary by Gore Verbinski, as well as a sneak peek of On Stranger Tides that clocks in at just under three minutes. The most interesting of the deleted scenes for me are those that remain unfinished. In these, we see the actors performing in front of the blue screens or Bill Nighy as an unrendered Davy Jones covered in motion capturing dots. As great as these little morsels are, however, the total running time of this disc is less than an hour. As such, it is hardly a major incentive for one already in possession of the DVDs to purchase the series once again.
Jef Burnham is a writer and educator living in Chicago, Illinois. While waging war on mankind from a glass booth in the parking lot of a grocery store, Jef managed to earn a degree in Film & Video from Columbia College Chicago, and is now the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com.
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