Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (4k Ultra HD Combo Pack)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, with the screenplay by Jeff Nathanson and story by Nathanson and Terry Rossio.  The film stars Johnny DeppJavier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin R. McNally, Golshifteh Farahani, David Wenham, Stephen Graham and Geoffrey Rush.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a rollicking new tale of the high seas, infused with all the elements of fantasy, humor and action that have resulted in an international phenomenon for the past 13 years. Johnny Depp returns to his role as the outrageous, swashbuckling scoundrel Captain Jack Sparrow, and is joined by Javier Bardem and Geoffrey Rush. The rip-roaring adventure—packed with humor, suspense and jaw-dropping special effects—finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack.

This fifth installment continues the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), the bumbling accidental hero who teams up with Henry (Brenton Thwaites) and Carina (Kaya Scodelario), two young heroes who are on a mission to locate the elusive Poseideon’s trident that is said to have the power to break curses. Henry wants the trident so that he can break his father’s curse. They have to go up against Captain Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem), a ghost with a personal vendetta against Jack who was the cause of his death many years earlier. There’s also Hector Barbosa (Geoffrey Rush) who makes his return and even though he’s always been sort of the villain of the story, he shows another side this time around as he helps Jack, Henry and Carina complete their mission.

Okay, even though this isn’t the best of the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was still a fun watch that’s full of exciting action and hilarious comedy. It took five long years for this movie to finally get made and I thought directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg brought something a little new to the franchise. It had gotten a little stale with the past few entries but this one got everything going back in the right direction again. There’s also some greeat performances by Johnny Depp who returns as the fan favorite character who stays drunk half the time while saving the day the other half. Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario bring some new blood into the franchise and even though their two characters are newbies, they have rich ties to the series. There’s also Javier Bardem who plays the Captain Salazar who is out to get his revenge on Jack Sparrow. He’s probably the scariest and most sinister character introduced into the franchise.

There’s a lot to like about this fifth installment. The story was interesting and I like the fact that the iconic character Captain Salazar was brought in as the new villain that Jack and company has to go up against. I also liked how Poseideon’s trident was incorporated into this latest installment. You can’t help but like these amazing characters that are brought to life by this talented cast who put on some really good performances. You can’t have a Pirates of the Caribbean movie without a few cameos and this one is no different because Sir Paul McCartney shows up as Uncle Jack, Orlando Bloom returns as Will Turner and Keira Knightley returns as Elizabeth Swan. I don’t think I spoiled anything for you since these characters have either gotten their own character poster or were teased in some of the promos before the movie ever hit theaters.

All of these Pirates of the Caribbean movies have always been epic in scale and this one is no different because the sets are massive and all of the special effects (visual and practical) are extremely impressive and well done. The  sets, wardrobes and props are as authentic looking and detailed as it gets. All of the ships are also amazing and this time we get to see the menacing ghost ship “Silent Mary” that’s helmed by Salazar plus we finally get to see the return of the “Black Pearl” that has been stuck inside a bottle for way too long. And with this fan favorite ship comes the monkey that has always had some personal beef with Sparrow. There’s also some well choreographed actions scenes and stunts that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat at times. When you put all of these important ingredients together you get a really fun high seas action-adventure.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The UHD disc features matching artwork and the Blu-ray disc has a light blue finish and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release. Fans will be able to experience this movie like never before with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) release. This features four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) that delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color and greatest contrast.

Bottom line is, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tale No Tales was another exciting installment in this long running swashbucking franchise and it was a little step back in the right direction after the events of On Stranger Tides which is definitely the darkest entry of the series. This isn’t the best of the five movies so I guess it lands somewhere in the middle of the pack but it’s still a fun watch. The story was interesting and it once again centered around a mythical object – Poseideon’s trident – which is thought to have the power to break curses. I really like how each movie has incorporated different mythical objects into the stories; like the Fountain of Youth, Davy Jones’ Locker, and most recently this elusive trident that Jack and his friends are after. Just like all of the previous installments, this one also features plenty of humor along with some exciting action scenes that are all well choreographed. Movie fanatics that have already upgraded their home entertainment centers (screens and players) to watch 4K movies are sure to enjoy the experience. This UHD Combo Pack includes a 4K Ultra HD version of the film, Blu-ray, Digital Copy and lots of extras. Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) on October 3rd and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Disney

Run Time: 129 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160p Ultra High Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English Dolby Atmos / English, French Spanish Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 / French Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA 2.0

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / English Dolby Digital 2.0 / EDA 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include a collection of behind-the-scenes, making-of stories, featuring a conversation with directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg; a sit-down with the two young newcomers who play Henry and Carina; the secrets behind the menacing new villain, Salazar, and his ferocious ghost sharks; an on-set visit with Jack’s first mate from all five films; a chat with Sir Paul McCartney who appears as Uncle Jack; and a discussion about the franchise’s legacy; along with hilarious bloopers, deleted scenes and memories from producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s photo diary.

  • Dead Men Tell More Tales: The Making of a New Adventure – Get unique access into the making of this exciting new “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie with this collection of revealing and entertaining stories that you can view individually or as a “play all.” (47:50)
  1. A Return to the Sea – Two talented filmmakers, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, team up to bring “Pirates of the Caribbean” back to the screen. Hear how this new chapter of the tale was developed.
  2. Telling Tales: A Sit-down with Brenton & Kaya – Meet Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario, the young actors behind Henry and Carina. The two sit down together for a revealing conversation on becoming a part of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise and its continuing legacy.
  3. The Matador & The Bull: Secrets of Salazar & The Silent Mary – Oscar-winner Javier Bardem reveals more about his menacing new character and the foreboding ship he helms.
  4. First Mate Confidential – Go on-set along with Kevin McNally, the affable actor behind the feisty Mr. Gibbs, Captain Jack’s reliable first mate from all five movies.
  5. Deconstructing the Ghost Sharks – Peer below the depths at how these ferocious, mythical monsters were designed and brought to life.
  6. Wings Over the Caribbean – Captain Jack has a memorable encounter with Sir Paul McCartney – rock ‘n’ roll royalty.
  7. An Enduring Legacy – Take one more look at the “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” experience and the impact of “Pirates of the Caribbean” — the movies, the ride and beyond.
  • Bloopers of the Caribbean (02:58)
  • Jerry Bruckheimer Photo Diary (01:40)
  • Deleted Scenes (02:59)
  1. A Whale in Poseidon’s Tomb
  2. Alternate Coda: Murtogg & Mullroy “Flogging”
  3. Henry Turner Learns a Lesson from Captain Jack
  4. Highwayman
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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