Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (BLU-RAY)

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Running Time: 
2 Hours, 24 Minutes

Disney has never failed to do Blu-Ray correctly.  They have made so much money off of these movies, they felt no need to release a bare-bones version of the film as the first HD release. 

I expected this movie to be a little grainy as that is the only way I have seen it.  I assumed that this was the way it was filmed, to give it more of that “old pirate” look.  To my surprise, this movie was actually filmed crisp and clear and it is beautifully presented in the way it was intended in high definition format.  The sound thumps but doesn’t rattle in that annoying way that DVDs do so the overall experience is solid.

Bonus Features:
Fantastic!  I can finally get rid of that annoying “Lost Disc” that Disney released a while back.  If you don’t recall, it was a “bonus” third disc that was attached to the original release.  It was a thin flimsy paper case and was pretty much pointless.  It had a few decent features on it, so it was not worth trashing.  Now, they included all of the original features and the Lost disc all in one 2-disc package.

Overall, they did a great job with this release.  I actually like the carboard slipcases that have become a standard on regular DVDs as I think it makes it look better on the shelf.  For the first time (that I know of), Disney included one for this release.  The quality is amazing, the special features are abundant and the packaging is attractive.  What more could you want?

Peter Oberth
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