Pirates of the Caribbean Three-Movie Set (Curse of the Black Pearl / Dead Man's Chest / At World's End) [Blu-ray]
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"Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" Review:
This is the strongest of the 3 films. Although each film definitely has somewhat of a "fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants" type story style (as if there were no strong script, but rather ideas that popped up on set), this one actually works and makes for a very fun viewing experience. Pirate Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp, who created this legendary film character) teams up with blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) to help rescue the Governor's daughter Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) from pirate Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). Of course there is treasure involved as well as a curse. Depp walks away with the picture. The love interest (Bloom & Knightley) do their best to compete, but without Depp, this picture would have tanked. Amazing special effects and plenty of swashbuckling action!
* 3 Audio commentary tracks: #1 is director Gore Verbinski & Johnny Depp; #2 is producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Keira Knightley, and Jack Davenport; #3 is co-screenwriters Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie, and Jay Wolpert
* Lots of trailers, including one for POTC 3 in HD 1080p
* "An Epic at Sea: The Making of Pirates of the Caribbean" which is a 9-part 38 minute documentary.Read more ›
My minor complaint is that the second and third disc seem to not have the same high quality as the first and it always takes some adjustment on the HDTV to keep the quality consistent. The Samsung reports 1080i on disc two and three while one is registered as the 1080p; don't know why. This should not hold you back, because the quality of the trilogy is among the best we've seen.
If you have to own just one Blu-Ray it should be from this series.
The set includes 7 discs, one for each movie, containing the movie, one for each movie, containing extras and a 7th disc, which is basically more extras and a preview of the 4th movie.
The packaging of this set is awful. The seventh disc is in an envelope that bulges out from back of the storage box. Thinking it was attached with easy to remove rubber glue, I tried to peel it off. I was horrified to find out that a) it won't easily peel off without ripping the box b) there's a giant blank silver reflective patch under it (practically the size of the entire back of the box) and c) the envelope is attached at the bottom of the box and cannot be separated without cutting. For anyone planning to keep this on their shelf, do NOT try to remove the cheap outer envelope. Personally, all my discs are going into a different storage system, so the box was headed to the trash anyway. Just wanted to give everyone some fair warning about the poor packaging. On to the good...
I am not a huge fan of these movies content. The first one is decent, the second is tolerable and the third is downright terrible. Rather than bash poor writing and the other host of problems with the movie, let me say this: these Blu-rays look and sound absolutely incredible. In the first movie, there's a scene in the beginning where Elizabeth Swan is waking up from her dream about rescuing William Turner as a child. There is a candle in the room. I can hear the candle flickering on the surround sound. There are many other great instances on this film: sails flapping in the wind, waves lapping, wind blowing, ships creaking. I have no Blu-ray movies that are truly 100% immersive, this set is as close as it gets.Read more ›
The discs really are great. However, an important note, you must proactively select the Uncompressed LPCM soundtrack in the SETUP menu every time you watch. Apparently, because the hi-res is uncompressed Disney was worried about compatibility (or maybe it's a blu-ray spec?) and they made plain-old Dolby Digital the default.
Update: 10/25/10 After watching these a few times now, I've had several instances where the menus do not load properly. I have to eject and restart, sometimes multiple times. Yes, it could be the player, but I've never had a problem on tens of other discs. This issue combined with the need to proactively choose the Uncompressed soundtrack costs this item a star from me.
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DVD VERSION-Giant box set. bought thinking it would be a space saver but its larger than just having the 3 movies. also does not play in us. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Zack m
I ordered this trilogy because I have never seen it. Yes it arrived in a timely manner however, it was the wrong regions code. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Scotty McCalister
I needed a new set of the POTC movies. Mine grew legs and ran off with my son's ex gf. The movies were in perfect condition. Fast delivery. Very pleased.Published 4 months ago by Raisins
The movies were good except one of them stalled for a while but then it plays throughPublished 4 months ago by Dena
The quality was better than expected like them very much will buy againPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer