Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Blu-ray Review

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Upon my initial viewing of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, I thoroughly enjoyed what I saw (review here). Even on my second viewing while watching the Blu-ray, I still found Dead Men to be a highly entertaining yet flawed film. First, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg put together some enjoyable scenes that I’ve never seen before on film. Despite being television directors, the duo brings their “Marco Polo” expertise to the cinematography. It’s sweeping and it’s gorgeous, to say the least. Yet there are times where the film feels a little long. Although I did like the pacing the first time around, the second viewing felt longer.

But what made Dead Men Tell No Tales better than the previous two films is deft intertwining storylines of all the characters. Each storyline is neatly intertwined into one cohesive plot. Surprisingly, Henry and Carina have deep and interesting storylines despite being new characters. Unfortunately, Captain Salazar is a very forgettable villain. Truthfully, he’s not in the same league as Barbossa or Davy Jones. Not to mention, Captain Jack and Barbossa are second fiddle to the new characters. They’re essentially used as story devices as opposed to lead characters.

Be that as it may, Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush are still a delight to watch. At this point, Depp and Rush have fully immersed themselves into these roles. But what’s amazing is how, after all these years, Rush is able to add something to his iconic role. On the other hand, Captain Jack is still the same lovable scoundrel that we remember from the previous films.

As for the new actors, Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario do an amazing job in getting us to care about them. With Javier Bardem, he provides an intimidating presence as Captain Salazar. Being the great actor that he is, he fully immerses himself in the role.

Overall, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a fun and entertaining return for the franchise. It’s a wonderful adventure that’ll please the fans of Captain Jack Sparrow and company.

Movie Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

Video
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - Johnny Depp

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is presented in a 1080P MPEG-4 AVC encoded video with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. Considering this is a Disney Blu-ray release, you should expect nothing but the best from the mouse house. In fact, that’s exactly what you get here: Perfection. The whites are nice and bright while the blacks are inky and perfect. The colors are just as impressive too. The wide range of colors is precise and flawlessly saturated. The details are clear and readily apparent throughout. Also, the flesh tones are spot-on. This video presentation is just so damn good.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

Audio
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - Geoffrey Rush and Javier Bardem

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is presented in a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround audio track. This is one powerful and immersive mix that Disney has put out. Right from the get-go, you’ll hear the constant surround activity coming from every speaker. This is a great thing because the audio is just as fun as the film itself. The surround and front channels clearly render the sound effects and accurately pans the audio around the soundstage. In addition, the dialogue can be clearly heard from the center channel and the subwoofer adds some weight to this mix as well. Overall, this is one great mix.

Audio Rating: 5/5 atoms

Special Features
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - Kaya Scoledario and Brenton Thwaites

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales‘ Blu-ray contains the following special features:

  • Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Making of a New Adventure
    • A Return to the Sea
    • Telling Tales: A Sit-Down with Brenton & Kaya
    • The Matador & The Bull: Secrets of Salazar & the Silent Mary
    • First Mate Confidential
    • Deconstructing the Ghost Sharks
    • Wings Over the Caribbean
    • An Enduring Legacy
  • Bloopers of the Caribbean
  • Jerry Bruckheimer Photo Diary
  • Deleted Scenes

The special features for Dead Men Tell No Tales is a bit on the thin side. A chunk of it comes from the behind-the-scenes “Dead Men Tell No Tales” seven-part featurette. It explores the franchise’s return, the film’s cast and characters, an on-set tour, and the visual effects. Needless to say, this seven-part featurette is very informative. Other than that, you have your standard blooper reel, deleted scenes, and photo gallery.

Special Features Rating: 3/5 atoms


Overall, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a wonderful swashbuckling adventure and injects some life into this franchise. If the franchise ends here then it’s a nice stopping point for the franchise. If it continues, I’d like to see where the franchise goes. The video and audio presentations look and sound amazing. On the other hand, the special features are a little thin. Other than the behind-the-scenes featurettes, there’s not much else that you can watch.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

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