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"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" (3D, Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson

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Synopsis

Like the other three Pirates movies, On Stranger Tides has a basic goal, in this case, the search for the Fountain of Youth, but the real nature is, "Let's all dress up like pirates and chase each other around." Sort of like the games we played as children.

Cruz is the beautiful girl in this installment, playing Angelica, who is a pirate herself, and very dangerous to our hero Jack Sparrow. Throw in a mermaid - a very attractive one - and you have a complete gameboard. Oh yes, of course Barbossa (Rush) is there too, although he has joined His Majesty's Royal Navy, and a new character (at least new to the series): Blackbeard, played by Ian McShane.

Specifications

  • Disney Studios
  • 2011, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 16 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • 1080p
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD-Master Audio
  • Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Keith Richards, Kevin McNally
  • Directed by Rob Marshall
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Sensuality
  • Language: No

Commentary

There's the usual pirate violence and some sensuality, but really, it's a Disney picture and great family fun.

Technical

The Blu-ray version has the best image quality I have yet seen. I can't imagine the picture being any sharper or more detailed. And the 7.1 surround sound. Wowsers! This is one film that we will all be using to impress our neighbors, that is, if they don't already have a system that is 7.1 capable.

The 3D is good, but I think the limitations right now are the displays. There is too much ghosting, which is due to pixels not turning on and off fast enough. And, unless you hold your head exactly horizontal, you will get a headache (because, otherwise, one image will be lower than the other, and the eyes try to accommodate this, but can't do it). In any case, the Blu-ray movie is a reference disc for anyone wanting to remind him/herself of what Blu-ray should look like and sound like.

Extras

This is a 5-disc set, so you could keep yourself occupied all day watching the content. An entire disc is dedicated to the Extra Features, including The Making of, Deleted and Extended Scenes, In Search of the Fountain, Bringing Mermaids to Life, and an interview with Depp and Rush, discussing the nature of their characters. There is also another disc with bloopers. The set includes a standard DVD version, the Blu-ray version, the 3D Blu-ray version, and a Digital Copy version that you can load onto your video iPod.