For what is billed as the “biggest trilogy” of the decade, I was expecting Disney to pull out all the stops for this one. Of course, the “biggest” trilogy statement is based purely off box office, not critical mass (see Lord of the Rings for that one).
I saw clips of this blu-ray on display a few weeks back and there have been whisperings about how beautiful it is and how it would set the standard for all Blu-Rays to come. Surprisingly, it was lackluster and a little sub-par. The darks were not dark enough, the lights were not light enough and I felt myself wanting more, much more.
Here is where this DVD, as with most Disney releases, shines. A second disc supplies a treasure trove of bonus features from bloopers and deleted scenes to featurettes, interviews, commentaries and all the behind-the-scenes you can handle.
The sound is great but the picture is a little disappointing, especially since the first two Pirates movies already displayed such powerful resolution. The bonus features almost make up for it but there isn’t anything of substance here that you wouldn’t find on the standard DVD release.