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Movie Renter's Guide Number 153 - December, 2007 - Part II

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"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (Blu-ray)

POTC: At World's EndSynopsis

Just when he's needed most, Captain Jack Sparrow, that witty and wily charmer of a pirate, is trapped on a sea of sand in Davy Jones' Locker. In an increasingly shaky alliance, Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann and Captain Barbossa begin a desperate quest to find and rescue him. Captain Jack's the last of the nine Pirate Lords of the Brethren Court who must come together united in one last stand to preserve the freedom-loving pirates' way of life. From exotic Singapore to World's End and beyond, from Shipwreck Island to a titanic battle, this adventure's filled with over-the-edge action, irreverent humor and seafaring myth and magic.

Specifications

    • Walt Disney
      2007, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 49 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • 1080p
    • English PCM 5.1
    • English/French/Spanish DD 5.1
    • Directed by Gore Verbinski
    • Starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Stellan Skarsgard, Chow-Yun Fat, Geoffrey Rush
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Themes
  • Language: No

Commentary

I'm of mixed opinion on the third film of this franchise. The second film was fun in my opinion, but started getting a bit on the tedious side. This one takes it up a notch with a longer running time, and frankly, a more confusing storyline. There just seems to be too much going on here at times, and sometimes it is hard to follow where they are going with some of the subplots. It still has its moments though, and the end battle is one of the best ever put on screen. The production value and acting is still first rate, I just wish they would have done a bit more editing.

Technical

Dead Man's Chest is still, in my opinion, one of the best looking Blu-ray discs on the market. But its picture quality was quite a bit different from the first film. This one is far more in line with the look of the second film and carries a lot of its strengths. This is a very stylized film and because of that the type of picture we see varies a lot from scene to scene. Contrast probably shifts the most, with some of the darker scenes coming off slightly flat while some of the mixed content coming off beautifully. Colors are pushed a bit, but this is intentional. Detail is nothing short of exquisite throughout most of the film, with only a few instances that I thought were a tad soft. I did notice the slightest amount of compression noise toward the end of the film, but barely enough to even comment on. While I don't think this is quite as good as the second film for picture greatness, it is VERY close.

Disney continues its support of full resolution PCM soundtracks on this one and delivers a hell of a ride. Dynamic range is impeccable here and you get some of the most intense infrasonics I've heard in awhile. The entire soundstage is delivered full bore with great use of the surrounds and rear soundstage. Panning from channel to channel is seamless and the integration of action, score and dialogue is handled beautifully. Few soundtracks can match what this one has to offer.

Extras

Like the other two pirate's movies before it, this one gets the 2-disc bounty full of extras. On top of that, they're all in HD! There are quite a few production features that cover everything from the special effects, to the story, to locales and the actors. There are interviews, deleted scenes and an interactive look at the film that takes you out of the movie and directly into features that have to do with where you are in the film. You really get a scope of the production and how much went into making this film.