[img]http://www.hometheatershack.com/photopost/data/500/Picture_3_Cover.jpg[/img]Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007 Blu-ray
Written by Alissa Buchanan
Director: Gore Verbinski
Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom,Keira Knightley, Chow Yun Fat, Geoffrey Rush
Studio: Buena Vista
Production Year: 2007
Media Year: 2007
Runtime: 168 Minutes
Video: Anamorphic 2.35:1
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 / PCM Uncompressed
The Movie :4stars:
If you’ve ever wondered what happens when you find yourself in the belly of a Kraken, now’s your chance to find out.
Disney’s third and final installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise picks up at the cliffhanger of Dead Man’s Chest – rest assured, Jack Sparrow is not dead but merely “taken” (which is different) by the notorious sea-beastie, and lost to the physical and psychological perils of Davy Jones’ Locker.
With tension between pirates and the East India Trading Company climaxing, Jack’s presence is required for the pirate elite to make a last stand. His friends - or as close as you can get when you’re a pirate - Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Kiera Knightley) and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) set out to find him, navigating the dangerous and complex voyage to the aptly named World’s End. And find him they do – more off-balanced than ever, and humorously plagued by his own inner demons, who never fully leave him throughout the course of the film.
If you’re looking for the same non-stop action and Johnny Depp pirate-isms of the first and second Pirates movies, you might find yourself disappointed by the third. Although they’re still here, this time it’s actually the plot that drives the movie – or rather plots, as there are more twists and turns in this third chapter than in the first two put together. Be prepared to spend some time sorting out loyalties, as in typical pirate fashion, you can never be sure just who’s on the level and who’s brokering a deal to get ahead.
But don’t feel like you have to switch in your eye patch for reading glasses just yet – there’s still enough cannon fire, swordsmanship and high seas high jinks to give even the most landlubbing among us their sea legs. The maelstrom scene alone, a battle between the Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman in the thick of a supernatural disaster, is sure to give you your fill of action.
And what about the romance?
It wouldn’t be a Pirates movie without more elaboration on the Will Turner-Elizabeth Swann-Jack Sparrow love triangle, but this time things are a little different: you can expect a lot less damsel in distress and a lot more ball-busting as Elizabeth comes into her own as a pirate and takes her turn at the helm of a ship.
But while that saga plays out, keep a weather eye on the horizon for a new love story. It’s no less intriguing but a lot less…pretty. Look for it to play a key role in the outcome and involve some very familiar faces. No spoilers here.
To make 2 hours and 48 minutes short:
If you’ve seen the previous two movies, you’re no doubt looking for some closure for Jack Sparrow and the rest of his pirate mates – in that case, this movie is well worth the risk you take in purchasing any third in a trilogy. It’s got brains, beauty and (no review would be complete without it) all the swashbuckling you could ask for to cap-off Disney’s big success story.
So by all means…Drink up me hearties, yo ho!
The disc features a clean 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode and for the most part looks stunning on a big-screen HDTV at 1080P.
Based on previous Pirates offerings and the location again taking place largely in the turquoise seas of the Caribbean, expectations for image quality in this movie are high. Overall, At World’s End fails to disappoint - although the more action-packed scenes in the movie give way to some graininess, anything shot on the sandy beaches or featuring the prominent color palettes of Singapore quickly reclaims visual appeal. Lighting is well-managed, be it in the glaring open desert Jack finds himself in after being swallowed by the Kraken, or the shadowy underbelly of a Singapore sauna room.
The Blu-ray disc features an uncompressed PCM 5.1 Surround track (48kHz/24-bit) for its premium audio option.
Unlike watching this movie in the theater ,where the cannon fire leaves you deafened to any form of dialogue, the sound on the disc is completely immersive. Whether it’s Hans Zimmer’s spirited Pirates theme providing a musical backdrop for high-seas gunplay, or Orlando Bloom’s passionate diatribe with Miss Swann on the state of their relationship, you’ll never have to adjust the volume (although you may be tempted to hit the mute button in the love scenes).
Special Features: :3stars:
While the At World’s End movie disc features only a 5-minute bloopers reel, an additional disc in the package captures the remainder of the extra material, all in 1080i High Definition.
- Enter the Maelstrom: The Interactive Experience. Probably the most interesting feature on the disc, it’s an interactive look at the maelstrom battle scene between the Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman.
- Keith & The Captain: On-set with Johnny and the Rock Legend. Chronicling Keith Richards’ appearance in the film, after Johnny Depp credited him with inspiration for the Jack Sparrow personality.
- The Tale of Many Jacks. A look at the scene where Johnny Depp plays Jack Sparrow many times over, and in many variations.
- Deleted Scenes. In 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
- The World of Chow-Yun Fat. A closer look at Sao Feng and the Singapore setting.
- The Pirate Maestro: The Music of Hans Zimmer. A documentary on composer Hans Zimmer and his work in scoring the music for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
- Masters of Design. A behind-the-scenes look at set creation, makeup and props for the film.
- Anatomy of a Scene: The Maelstrom. In case you didn’t get enough of it in the first special feature.
- Hoist the Colours. A history of the pirate battle song.
- Inside the Brethren Court. A tell-all on the various pirate leaders encompassing the Brethren Court.