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Pirates Of The Caribbean Ė Dead Manís Chest (2-Disc Special Edition/DVD-Video)


Picture: B†††† Sound: B†††† Extras: B+†††† Film: B-



Arrrggh!Here ye be havin' another sequel.Under review here we have Pirates of the Caribbean (2) - Dead Manís Chest (2006) to observe what bounty it has to reap.Essentially though the first Pirates of the Caribbean film had a large budget the general public and critics alike were not expecting the film to be the huge success it was, in the end bringing an overflowing monetary gain along with marketing rewards for the Disney Studio.With an all star cast of Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands), Orlando Bloom (Lord of the Rings Trilogy), and Keira Knightley (Bend it like Beckham) the studio laid the groundwork for a great film, but with a script loosely based on a Disney World animatronics ride the future was foggy for the film concept.


With a wonderful cast, stellar writing team and talented director Pirates of the Caribbean - Curse of the Black Pearl was an enormous success and a sequel (now to be trilogy) was most certain.Where the first film had to prove itself to be above a simplistic childhood ride, the sequel (as with most sequels) had to live up to and go beyond its predecessor, both in the areas of script and box office sales.Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Manís Chest was surely a box office smash grossing an array of box office records world wide, but was the storyline adequate and did it bring the thrills of Pirates 1?Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Manís Chest reunited the entire cast from the first film (even smaller characters and unexpected ones) and embodied many similar concepts that the first film established, which fans loved, but failed with its large budget to capture the hearts and minds of fans to the of degree the first film.The film was action packed and was full of the swashbuckling nature of the first film, but in the end the character of Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) which was new, creative, and refreshing in the Curse of the Black Pearl became old and annoying.With a running time of 2.5 hours the film drags with its tedious action sequences and unnecessary dialogue to display expensive (though impressive) CGI scenes.


The film starts on Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swanís (Keira Knightley) wedding day, where the evil enforcer of the East India Trading Company, Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander) threatens to execute the pair along with James Norrington (Jack Davenport) for aiding Jack Sparrow in his escape and exploits.Will Turner cuts a deal that he will find Jack Sparrow and his compass (that Beckett desires) if his life, as well as his brideís, are spared.With the exchange of desired goods the journey begins.Will finds Jack and his ship grounded on an island of cannibals that have captured Jackís crew while making Jack their Chief.In a daring escape Jack and his crew and Will Turner escape.The story continues to slowly unwind involving the evil crustacean/humanoid Davy Jones, as well as Davy Jones cursed/enslaved crew, and Will Turnerís long lost father (also Davy Jones Slave) Bootstrap Bill Turner.Davy Jonesí ship, The Flying Dutchman, is basically Hell on water, the crew owing Jones a debt of 100 years service.As the film develops (using that term loosely) an array of twists and turns arise with new and old characters alike, ranging from a voodoo priestess to stuffy politicians.Certain aspects of the film do bring a smile to the face, with many references to the first film and just great action sequences.In the end, the film was enjoyable but not ground a breaking pirate film like the first, more like a shadow of the true film.


The technicals on the double disc set are quite good, as has been common with most big Disney Releases.The 2-disc set also offers a great deal of extras beyond the single disc release.The picture is presented in an 2.35 X 1 anamorphic Widescreen that is clear with balanced colors, though light/dark issues arise from time to time in the transfer due to the technique of filming that is intentionally gritty at time to give a aged feel.The sound is presented in an adequate Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound that is crisp with minimal high/low errors.The extras are beyond belief, due to the shear amount that exist, though it is not recommended by this reviewer to partake in, in one sitting due to the monotony at times.


The extras include full length audio commentary by screenwriters Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio, Bloopers of the Caribbean, Mastering the Blade: Sword Fighting with the Filmís Stars, Charting the Return: A Preproduction Diary, According to Plan: Journal of Filming the Movie, Captain Jack: From Head to Toe secrets and legends revealed by Johnny Depp & others, Meet Davy Jones: Discover the Creation, Mystery, and Mythology of the Sea's, Ghostly Ruler, Creating the Kraken, Dead Men Tell New Tales: Re-Imagineering the Attraction, Fly on the Set: The Bone Cage, Jerry Bruckheimer: A Producer's Photo Diary and Pirates on Main Street: The Dead Man's Chest Premiere.


With over 5 hours of extras fans of the Pirates films are sure to be impressed.Though this reviewer is impressed with the amount of time that was put into the Bonus Features some run-on to the point of boredom for the viewer, but at the same time some are very interesting.Two featurettes in particular that were amazing were ĎFly on the Set: The Bone Cageí describing the process of how the bone cage scene was performed and the ĎCreating the Krakení featurette was impressive with a combination of CGI and huge, metal, mechanical arms crushing ships the experience was overall impressive.


Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Manís Chest, which seems to have a double meaning being a physical chest (as in treasure chest) as well as a personís chest, due to Davy Jonesí missing his heart from his chest making him dead physically and emotionally.The film was fun, enjoyable, and this reviewer can not wait until the third and Ďfinalí chapter in the film series.If you are a fan or want to get a great gift splurge on the 2-disc set (the one disc is just not as good), between being an entertaining film and having a plethora of extras this DVD is a rounded and excellent purchase.Throw on your hat, strap up your boots, and pretend to be Keith Richards and prepare for a swashbuckling adventure.



-†† Michael P Dougherty II


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