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Movie Renter's Guide - September, 2008

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"Pirates of the Caribbean Collection" (Blu-ray)

movie-september-2008-pirates-collection.jpgSynopsis

This Blu-ray set encompasses all three films that chronicle Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) as he recruits swordsmith Will Turner (Bloom) and governor's daughter Elizabeth Swann (Knightley) to help him recover his ship, The Black Pearl, which has been stolen by Captain Barbossa (Rush). What Barbossa really wants is a missing piece of eight that, when returned to its original chest, will restore Barbossa and his men from a horrible curse of the undead. Once that occurs, Will and Elizabeth plan to marry, and their wedding is disrupted when they are arrested for having helped Captain Jack escape. Their freedom has a price: they must obtain Jack's compass which will lead a greedy British officer, Lord Cutler Beckett (Hollander), to Davy Jone's chest, presumbably full of treasure. Then, all the pirates get together to fight the East India Trading Company before they can be destroyed, ruining the pirate's way of life. In order to do that, they have to rescue Jack Sparrow, who has been "killed" and sent to Davy Jones' locker.

 

Specifications

  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • 2003, 2006, 2007, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 23 min, 2 Hr 30 min, 2 Hr 49
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 Uncompressed 48 kHz/24 Bit
  • Directed by Gore Verbinski
  • Starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Pryce, Tom Hollander, Bill Nighy, Jack Davenport
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

The first installment is the best, because it is the simplest tale, without a lot of convolution. The second and third become progressively darker and more difficult to follow. Nevertheless, they are all entertaining and the set is a must-have for collectors.

Technical

The picture quality is marvelous, maybe not quite perfect, but close to it. Even the oldest of the three is only dated at 2003, so it was no problem to obtain a good foundation for the transfers. The uncompressed 48 kHz/24 bit PCM soundtracks are terrific as well. I am beginning to notice a lot more detail in the high def movie sound that I was missing with the more compressed tracks of standard DVDs.

Extras

There are extras all over the place with this collection, including Enter the Maelstrom, Bloopers, Keith Richards and Johnny Depp on the Set, Scoundrels of the Sea (a game), and other things.