Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
Starring: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites
Rated: PG-13/Region A/2:40/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Disney
Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.
I’ve been watching these Pirates of the Caribbean movies for years now, like most people. I always catch them in theaters or right when they are released. I wouldn’t call myself a uber fan of the franchise but I like it enough to try to make sure I always catch it when I can. That being said, Dead Men Tell No Tales isn’t the best Pirates movie we’ve seen, but it also isn’t the worst. If anything, I’d probably say it feels a little uneven at times and that might be what hurts it the most. It feels a little awkward for some reason at times, even when it does still pack some cool action and fun at other times as well. Johnny Depp’s performance as Captain Jack Sparrow is still a hoot to watch but it seems at times like some of his other characters like the Mad Hater seemed to creep into the performance. Maybe that’s just me, but I honestly felt that at times while watching. Does it really hurt the movie? No, not really. Still, these are the little things that still keep this from being a top-level Pirates movie, even if one that is kind of off, still tops a lot of stuff.
So, all of that being said, you’ll still have a lot of fun with Dead Men Tell No Tales. I may not list it above many of the other Pirates films but I do think it is a movie that still does enough to leave you excited for what might be still to come in this series. I have a feeling we’ve not seen the last of these characters and I’m more than open for that to happen. Dead Men Tell No Tales ends up being a solid but flawed popcorn flick that has its moments. It looks good on 4K as well, but this is a movie that does seem to have some stuff working against it to make it a perfect looking disc. The film was finished in 2K and then converted to 4K, which is probably the cause for any issues, but still looks really nice as well. So, I don’t think you’ll hate the look of the film but it isn’t among some of the elite in 4K releases.
– 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.”
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.
Deconstructing the Ghost Sharks – Peer below the depths at how these ferocious, mythical monsters were designed and brought to life.
– Wings Over the Caribbean – Captain Jack has a memorable encounter with Sir Paul McCartney – rock ‘n’ roll royalty.
– 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
– Jerry Bruckheimer Photo Diary
– Deleted Scenes
– Henry Turner Learns a Lesson from Captain Jack
– A Whale in Poseidon’s Tomb
– Alternate Coda: Murtogg & Mullroy “Flogging”
Quality of Transfer: 95%
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales