Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy Blu-Ray Review

October 6, 2008

ChattahBox reviews Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy Blu-RayPirates of the Caribbean Trilogy

Blu-Ray Review
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Street Date: 9/15/08
US Rating: PG-13

WOW!  Now this is why they make movies in Blu-Ray!  Buena Vista Home Television markets this series as, Talk like a pirate in three days with this set and I will tell you it is true.  This set is truly a sight to see and hear.

By now we should all be familiar with the famous Jack Sparrow and his band of Pirates cruising the high seas on the Black Pearl in search of treasure and rum, whichever comes first.  If not this is the set to bring you up to speed.

Without spoiling any of the movies I will attempt to give you an idea of the films and what to expect on the discs.  In the first film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl we are introduced to our hero Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and a cursed group of pirates led by the villainous Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush).  These pirates are cursed because a long time prior to this film they stole ancient Aztec gold.  The curse they carry is to live until the end of time or until the gold is returned.

Unfortunately for Elizabeth Swann (Kiera Knightly) she has recently come into possession of one such piece of gold.  This leads these ghostly pirates to her to attempt a recovery of the gold.  Elizabeth is enganged to be married to Col. Norrington who while an upstanding fellow leaves something to be desired for Elizabeth.  She meets and falls in love with Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Will loves her back but because of his place in life it is not meant to be.  When the pirates do find Elizabeth and attack it is Will and Jack Sparrow who fight to protect her from this evil crew.

In the second film we get to see all of these characters as well as a few new ones, in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.  The events of the first film do set up some of the events in the second but the second is merely a prequel to the third film Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

In the second film our hero’s Will, Jack and Elizabeth find themselves fighting massive armies of pirates and cannibals with few on their side to help!  This film marked the appearance of the evil Davy Jones (Bill Nighy).  The appearance of Davy Jones on the screen while many turned away is an FX marvel to appreciate.  If you didn’t like to see him on DVD then you really won’t like him on Blu-Ray!  The second film takes the story telling and visuals in the film to the next level, in terms of excitement and hype.  It also introduces new storylines to be woven into the fabric that is Pirates of the Caribbean further complicating the love triangle that exists.  The second film does take a bit of a darker tone than the first but not so dark that some of the young ones cannot watch.  The final film of the trilogy is the most epic adventure and probably the best of the three, and that is all I will say about it so as not to spoil for anyone!

The Bonus Materials on these discs have been covered ad nauseam on other sites but I will say that the making of features of these series are fantastic and to see the amount of work and effort that went into these films is truly admirable and worth watching.

Probably the best thing about this set is the fact that it is on Blu-Ray.  These Pirates never looked or sounded so good.  One of the things I truly loved about these movies is the music.  Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer provide music to score the epic that is Pirates.  I believe the music from these films will go down in film history with some of the best ever.  And there is no better way to hear them than in the 5.1 Dolby sound on these discs!

Film: 8.5

Audio: 9.0

Video: 9.0

Bonus Material: 8.0

Overall: 8.5

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