The adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean
movies have given Disney their biggest hits of the decade. And while neither of the two sequels have come close to matching the first, there’s plenty for the family to enjoy across the trilogy of films here.
The first film is a belter. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse Of The Black Pearl introduces us to Sparrow for the first time (earning Johnny Depp an Oscar nomination in the process), as well as the talented cast of supporting characters. The fun though, is when either Depp or Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa are on the screen. Throw in lots of witty banter, some superb action sequences and a running time that doesn’t outstay its welcome, and you have a modern day blockbuster classic.
The sequels are far flabbier. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest does boast some outstanding effects work, and does introduce Bill Nighy as Davy Jones, but it also meanders around a lot, and tests the patience of its audience more than it should. Not as much as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End though, which does compensate by having the best high definition transfer of the lot, and a stunning battle sequence near the end, but does ask that you stick with it through choppy waters.
With a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie setting sail in the summer of 2011 though, it’s going to be a joy to see the further adventure of Depp’s simply superb Captain Jack. And if you want to enjoy his work to date on the franchise, and enjoy one of the best blockbuster movies of the last decade, then this is a very good box set to get. It’s a terrific high definition treat, too --Simon Brew
Box set containing all three of the blockbusting and swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean
series - The Curse of the Black Pearl
, Dead Man's Chest
and At World's End
- together on Blu-ray (region B) for the first time.
The Curse of the Black Pearl was where the Pirates of the Caribbean phenomenon began. Loosely inspired by the a Disney theme-park ride, it is a swashbuckling high-seas tale starring Johnny Depp as camp Captain Jack Sparrow an eccentric rogue who saves the life of Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), the beautiful daughter of the governor (Jonathan Pryce). This act of bravery sets into motion a sweeping adventure involving Elizabeth's childhood friend, blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom); a mysterious medallion; and a legendary pirate ship, the Black Pearl. A welcome throwback to Hollywood offerings of yesteryear, filled with rope-swinging heroes, crusty villains, treasure hoards, swift swordplay, and even wittier wordplay, The Curse of the Black Pearlis a nearly flawless family film.
Depp returns to reprise his role in sequel Dead Man's Chest. Reunited with Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), Captain Sparrow must face his greatest adversary yet – the nautically naughty Davey Jones (Bill Nighy). Dead Man's Chest is every bit as exciting as its predecessor and sets the scene for part three in the trilogy, At World's End. This final part of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy was filmed back to back with Dead Man's Chest and again sees Depp, Knightley and Bloom team up for some swashbuckling action.