Avast ye movie lubbers! Tis a tall tale of pirates on DVD. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Wow, what a great flick this is, and its from Jerry Bruckheimer? The man who fills the silver screen in schlock actually makes something great out of an amusement ride at Disneyland? Yeah, its true. When I first heard about this movie coming out I could hear the collective groan in the theatre, but I have been proven wrong. Really.
There hasn’t been a good pirate movie in many many years, and don’t even mention Hook. Okay, that is not really a good example, but its close. This movie has everything a swashbuckling pirate movie needs. Lots of action, tall ships, gold, booze, sword and gunplay, talking parrots, humor and pirates. Lots of em. Arg! Mix in some great special effects and we’re in for a wild ride. Is it predictable, sure. But they do manage to throw in a few curve balls along the way. This is pure popcorn fun.
They looked like they had a great time making this film, and that transfers right into the movie experience. Excellent writing led to a lot of great characters, which gives the actors lots to work with. You can’t talk about this movie and leave out the performance of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. He was an absolutely great character, his acting skills really come through in here and it shows why this man can deliver almost every time. I’m not quite sure what angle he was coming from, a bit drunk perhaps? Whatever it was, it was unique, and hilarious. He has some great lines in here. “I think we’ve all arrived at a very special place… spiritually… ecumenically… grammatically.” His loopy witty style is what propels this movie from good to great.
Goeffrey Rush as the head pirate baddie Barbossa also turns in a great performance. You can tell he a fun with this one. Aye! He is the perfect rival to Depp’s Captain Sparrow, countering his every quip with something just as amusing. My favorite has to be when Sparrow crawls over to the other ship chasing that monkey and he looks up at Barbossa. “Thank you Jack. No not you, we named the monkey Jack.”
And for the ladies we have Orlando Bloom (calm down now!) as Will Turner, playing to what seems to be the only normal person in here. You know, the straight reserved quiet one, almost as if he was a fish out of water. Seemed a bit out of place with all the lunacy going on. But every pirate movie needs some type of hero, I guess he was it. Although his performance was vastly overshadowed by the other two.
Disney does not disappoint with the DVD package that goes along with it. The sound is excellent and there are a few options to choose, including three commentary tracks. The DTS mix is superb, as well as the film transfer with rich and vibrant color. There are a lot of extra features and documentaries on here as well. Don’t forget to check out the numerous deleted scenes and the blooper reel. Its a pirate overload really. Overall, a great package to accompany this movie. Shiver me timbers!