PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST: DVD
Since the ship's previous adventure, the curse on the Black Pearl has been lifted, but now ruthless pirate hunter Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander) of the East India Trading Company sets his sights on retrieving the fabled Dead Man's Chest in order to gain control of Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), and thus to use this awesome power to destroy every last Pirate of the Caribbean once and for all. The scheme interrupts the wedding plans of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), who once again find themselves thrust into Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp) misadventures, leading to escalating confrontations with sea monsters, unfriendly islanders, the flamboyant soothsayer Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris) and the mysterious appearance of Will's long-lost father, Bootstrap Bill (Stellan Skarsgård).
Review by Louise Keller:
Every imaginable pirate fantasy is joyously bundled into a bewitching treasure chest in this action-adventure sequel. A swashbuckling pirate, swordplay on rooftops, a mythical sea monster, a fish-faced villain, secret buried treasure, a mystic, a blood debt, a gallant hero, feisty heroine and much more. If anything, there is too much more, including the film's running time, which is long at 150 minutes. But it is unlikely there will be many complaints. It is easy to be swept away into Gore Verbinski's imagination-ripe world. Its larger-than-life characters are coloured by comic relief and awesome special effects are used to whet the appetite of our fantasies.
Johnny Depp's uber-theatrical pirate with rock-star make up, swagger and mischievous glint in his eye is the masthead of this big budget production that rides its massive wave with glee. We loved the character the first time around and Depp revels in the role, making the most of every opportunity to twitch, roll his eyes and flash those shiny gold teeth. His unique characterisation sets the tone of the film even better than the original; it's as though the other characters (and actors) have been infected by his energy.
Nighy's heartless villain Davy Jones who rules the sea behind a grotesque face swallowed by octopus tentacles is a fantastical creation. Credit goes not only to Nighy for a haunting performance, but to computer wizards Industrial Light and Magic who created him. Orlando Bloom ensures his dashing hero is a heartthrob not a wimp and Keira Knightley brings zest and glamour to his bride to be. Beyond the characters, there is a satisfying moral theme, when Captain Jack Sparrow shows that ultimately he is a good man.
The production design, make up and special effects allow us to suspend our disbelief so we can jump happily on board for the ride. And this is indeed a ride, having come a long way since the original ride in Disneyland. Humour is part of the script's fabric, and the film is as fun as it is bawdy. No need to concentrate. Just allow yourself to be swept away by the wave of entertainment that gushes, lifts and enthralls.
The 2-disc DVD is filled with treasures, including bloopers, audio commentary and behind the scenes documentaries. Don't' miss it!
Published March 8, 2007
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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST: DVD (M)
CAST: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, Jack Davenport, Kevin McNally
PRODUCER: Jerry Bruckheimer
DIRECTOR: Gore Verbinski
SCRIPT: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Dariusz Wolski
EDITOR: Stephen E. Rivkin, Craig Wood
MUSIC: Hans Zimmer
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Rick Heinrichs
RUNNING TIME: 150 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Buena Vista International
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: July 6, 2006
SPECIAL FEATURES: Bloopers, audio commentary from the directors, behind the scenes documentaries including Captain Jack: From Head to Toe, Mastering The Blade and Charting The Return
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: BVHE
DVD RELEASE: November 115, 2006