There are few franchises that have as much cultural relevance as the Pirates of the Caribbean films do, with its cultural prominence stretching over a decade from the initial release of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, in 2002. The latest sequel arrives at a very different time for The Walt Disney Company, and in an era in which the studio owns Star Wars, Marvel, and a large number of other major blockbuster franchises. Despite that some of the Pirates films work rather well in their own respective rights, Dead Men Tell No Tales has a tough time sticking to the legacy that the franchise is built upon, as we said in our review back in May. That being said, the release of Dead Men Tell No Tales does a wonderful job at bringing fans of the film behind the scenes for some great informative backstage videos and a whole lot of fun. If you were a fan of Pirates’ latest film, this Blu-Ray release should not disappoint.
Dead Men Tell No Tales slightly acts as both a sequel and a reboot of the franchise, and the Blu-Ray does a good job at shining light onto this process and the focus that Disney has put upon the franchise. It’s obvious that even though the result is a bit troubled, the studio truly does care about this franchise and attempted to put its best wooden plank forward in terms of the future sailing of this series. The studio brought in newcomers Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg to helm the film, and the directors share their passion for the franchise and their aspiration to bring new life into the series to set sails for future installments. In the featurettes, Dead Men Tell More Tales: The Making of a New Adventure series, the duo focus on what the Pirates films have meant to them, and what they brought to the franchise as a result of that.
The film also introduces several new characters, and the Blu-Ray does not forget about this. Telling Tales: A Sit Down With Brenton and Kaya is a discussion between franchise newcomers Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites, about their work on the film and what it means to them. The Matador and the Bull: Secrets of Salazaar and the Slient Mary dives into stories about the creation and the backstory of Captain Salazaar, the antagonist of the film, played by Javier Bardem. There’s also a feature titled Deconstructing the Ghost Sharks, which is a behind-the-scenes look at the visual creation of the ghost sharks sequence in the film. First Mate Confidential shines a focus on Kevin McNally, aka, Mr. Gibbs, Jack’s first-mate, and one of the few cast members who has starred in every Pirates films. Of course, one could not forget about Paul McCartney’s brief, yet memorable, cameo in the film, and the featurette Wings Over the Caribbean discusses how this cameo came to be.
The final featurette of The Making of a New Adventure series is An Enduring Legacy discusses the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and what it has meant to so many fans around the world since the release of The Curse of the Black Pearl. Even with a mixed bag of movies and some lackluster installments, there’s no denying that this franchise has created something truly special and an immersive world that is something that is endlessly impressive. This release reminds us that we’ll always be pleased to have the ability to explore the world of these films more, but the studio certainly needs a bit of work to ensure that these films follow in the footsteps of what made the Pirates of the Caribbean once so legendary.
That being said, Dead Men Tell No Tales on Blu-Ray conjures a large amount of great behind the scenes videos sure to excite fans of the film and the series. For those looking for more Pirates fan-fun, this release is one not to be missed and is now available to purchase online.