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Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest SE

Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann are about to get married when Cutler Beckett shows up and arrests both for helping Captain Jack Sparrow to escape in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

In order to regain their freedom, Beckett proposes Turner to help him get his hands on Sparrow’s magical compass so that it may lead him to the heart of Davy Jones, the captain of the Flying Dutchman who controls the Kraken. Whoever can control this mythological creature can control the seas and this is something the East-Indian Company, of which Beckett is a puppet, wants. Of course, Beckett isn’t the only one after this heart as Sparrow himself wants to get his hands on it as he wants to get out of the deal he made with Jones and that allowed him to become Captain of the Black Pearl for 13 years after which he’s supposed to go into service with Jones for the rest of eternity.

Sound and Vision:
There’s quite a lot of color bleeding present in the image, especially during the night scenes where characters tend to get some green aura. The layer change could have been better placed but for the rest we do get sharp image and good amount of detail. Compression errors and grain and such are absent.

While we get an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the french speaking people will be happy to know that they get a DTS-ES track. Why Buena Vista adds a DTS track in French and not in the original language is something that keeps amazing me! The 5.1 track is decent although some more punch could have improved the overall experience.

Extras:
Disc1:
– Audio commentary track by writers Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot
– Blooper-reel

Disc2:
– Charting the Return: feature on the preparations of the shooting of this sequel
– According to Plan: one hour documentary filled with behind-the-scenes footage
– Captain Jack: From Head to Toe: feature on the costume of Jack Sparrow
– Mastering the Sword: short feature where you get to see how Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport and Orlando Bloom are learning how to fight with a sword
– Meet Davy Jones: Anatomy of a Legend: 13 minute feature on the special effects
– Creating the Kraken: another special effects feature but this time concerning the Kraken
– Dead Men Tell Tales: Re-Imagining the Attraction: feature on the changes in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disneyland
– Fly on the Wall: short making of on the cage scene
– Pirates on Main Street: atmospheric images on the premiere of the movie
– Jerry Bruckheimer: photo log: 5 minutes that we get to watch through Bruckheimer’s camera

Conclusion:
Pirates of the Caribbean brought the pirate movie back to life. Johnny Depp was fantastic as Captain Jack Sparrow and also the rest of the cast did a terrific job while the storyline was fun and there was plenty of comedy present along with special effects to keep the viewer clustered to the screen. This sequel however, can be placed in the long line of movies that have “more but not better”. Most of the fun stuff is the same as in the original and originality is far to be found. The storyline also has some inconsistencies and it isn’t until we get to see Davy Jones that things start to fall into place a bit.

All in all, Dead Man’s Chest is a crafted movie that knows the tricks of the trade but sadly enough doesn’t surprise or add anything new at all. To talk about it in car terms: it’s like a decent Volkswagen but we would have liked a bit more Alfa Romeo passion and Ford Mustang punch.

Buena Vista delivers Dead Man’s Chest in a very decent package with a ton of features and reasonable image and sound quality. Why they decide to add a French DTS track will keep me baffled though.

Our Score:
6.0

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