Blu-Ray Review – Pirates of the Caribbean, On Stranger Tides
Hubby and I decided on a quiet, relaxing evening at home so after dinner, he popped Pirates of the Caribbean IV, On Stranger Tides into the Blu-Ray player. Being a big Johnny Depp as well as Pirates fan, I was curious how this feature would tie in to the earlier trilogy. It doesn’t rehash it. Rather it stands alone. The success of On Stranger Tides could generate another trilogy of further adventures for Captain Jack. Its ending leaves the opening for a big franchise with more to follow.
Gone are many of the familiar characters. Only the characters Sparrow (Johnny Depp), Gibbs (Kevin McNally), Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), and Teague (Keith Richards) appeared in any of the first three movies. This streamlining allows for a simpler storyline focusing on Angelica (Penelope Cruz), Blackbeard (Ian McShane), the crew of Queen Anne’s Revenge, and the quest for Ponce de Leone’s Fountain of Youth.
Captain Jack Sparrow escapes the gallows. His reckless energy, his past, and his cons put him amid an old enemy, an impostor pirate, and her evil father whose voodoo magic and supernatural power destroy those who oppose him. To save Angelica, Jack tricks Blackbeard who dies. Knowing she must avenge Blackbeard, he leaves her behind on an island. Barbossa returns to piracy. Jack has his magically shrunk and bottled ship The Black Pearl. Fade out leaving audiences to wonder if he can return the Pearl to its original size.
All in all, I enjoyed On Stranger Tides. With a running time of 136 minutes, some of the noisy action sequences could have been streamlined. Wish the script had been more original. Still a solid cast and good acting made me want more. Will there be a spin-off on Pirates 4?
This PG-13 swashbuckler is a visual delight. Great locations in Hawaii, United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, and California, great acting, digitally enhanced capture motion mermaids, shadowy lighting, fire and fighting special effects, and 1,112 CGI shots, make great eye candy.
Here’s a bonus clip called In Search Of The Fountain.
Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films Pirates of the Caribbean, On Stranger Tides was released to DVD October 18, 2011 and is available online and in retailers nationwide. With a SMRP of $39.99, the 2 disccombo pack includes:
Blu-ray Feature Film + Bonus
Disney Second screen
Audio Commentary–With Director Rob Marshall and Executive Producer John DeLuca
PLUS ALL DVD BONUS FEATURES
DVD Feature Film + Bonus
Bloopers of the Caribbean
LEGO Animated Shorts: Captain Jack’s Brick Tales
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