Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Blu-ray 2-Disc Set (2006)

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Blu-ray 2-Disc Set (2006)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Pryce, Bill Nighy
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Video: 2.35:1 enhanced for 16:9 Widescreen, 1080p HD
Audio: English 5.1 PCM uncompressed, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Extras: Audio commentary track; Liar’s Dice interactive game; Four movie previews; 12 featurettes (Charting the Return, According to Plan, Captain Jack: From Head to Toe, Meet Davy Jones: Anatomy of a Legend, Creating the Kraken, Dead Men Tell New Tales: Re-Imagineering the Attraction, Fly on the Set: The Bone Cage, Jerry Bruckheimer: A Producer’s Photo Diary, Pirates on Main Street: The Dead Men’s Chest Premiere, Mastering the Blade, Pirates on Location  and Inside Dead Mans Chest; Movie stills; Bloopers; Theatrical and teaser trailers; Movie showcase; Easter eggs
Length: 150 minutes
Movie Rating: ***1/2      AV Quality Rating: *****

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) has a servitude debt to repay for he has bargained his soul to Davy Jones, the frightening and fearsome ruler of the ocean depths.  Sparrow, ever the clever rogue, will not go quietly, and he once again ensnares Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) in his misadventures spanning the Seven Seas.  In an effort to find the fabled Dead Man’s Chest and win his freedom, Sparrow battles foes ranging from hostile island natives to the mighty sea monster, Kraken.  Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest obviously had some big shoes to fill as its predecessor The Curse of the Black Pearl was adored by both critics and the public alike.  The Curse of the Black Pearl was successful in my opinion because it was a well-rounded ensemble film that incorporated a great storyline with action, humor and romance.  Dead Man’s Chest has its fair share of action, but its storyline is more limited than the first film and maybe places a little too much emphasis on Captain Jack Sparrow’s exploits.  Its ending leaves many questions unanswered and it is obvious that it was not meant to be a stand-alone sequel but rather a setup for the third film: At World’s End.  Fans of the The Curse of the Black Pearl will want to catch this sequel though, as it is a fun and enjoyable romp that sports some dazzling special effects.  Recommended.

In terms of HD video quality, both the Blu-ray DVDs of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and its sequel Dead Man’s Chest are simply outstanding and the new reference standards to date.  Images are pristine with razor sharp detail and dark blacks.  Colors are rich and vibrant with well-saturated hues.  Picture defect mastering is perfect with no major flaws or compression issues.  The audio quality for these Blu-ray DVDs is equally as impressive as its video counterpart.  The soundtracks do an excellent job of utilizing all of the discrete channels to create enveloping and nicely-balanced mixes.  Dialogue is crisp and always intelligible (even amidst the potent sound effects).  The surround channels are aggressively utilized for both the sound effects and the musical score.  The low frequency effects channel is explosive and given ample opportunity to rumble.  

 – Calvin Harding Jr.

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