Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End: 2 Disc Special Edition
DVD Reviews | Dec 2nd, 2007
Starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Chow Yun-Fat, Geoffrey Rush, Bill Nighy, Stellan Skarsgard, Jack Davenport
Written By: Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott
Directed By: Gore Verbinski
Studio: Disney/Buena Vista
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The third and possible final installment of this fun high seas adventure, the Pirates of the Caribbean series ends on a high note. Starring everyone’s favorite Pirate, Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow , with Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley and Geoffrey Rush. At World’s End is dark and fun end to the trilogy and it’s sort of depressing knowing that could be it for the series. Well, you never know. In the film, the Black Pearl races to the end of the world to save Capt. Jack Sparrow from Davey Jone’s locker and bring him to the Brethren Court to decide on the pirates final stand against the East India Trading
Company. Darker in some parts of the film, At World’s End doesn’t disappoint in the action and adventure, yet you may have to wait almost two hours to get to the good stuff.
Last we saw Jack Sparrow he was killed by the slimy Kraken, laid upon the Black Pearl by the hand of Davey Jones. Now he’s on an island of never ending sand in Davy Jones Locker, with no one but himself and a hallucination of multiple Jack’s. As far as the rest of the crew goes, they have all banded together to journey to the depths of the world and rescue poor Jack. The shocker of the 2nd film was that Captain Barbossa was resurrected from the dead by the voodoo doctor, Tia Dalma. A wavering allegiance between Will Turner (Bloom) Elizabeth Swann (Knightley) and Barbossa, they bring the Black Pearl to places like Singapore. They have to meet up with Captain Seo Feng to get the World’s charts and figure out where the world’s end is. With the East India Trading Company hot on their heels, the crew of the Black Pearl must act fast. Journeying to the end of the world might be easier than getting back. That’s like trying to find a way out of hell. Once Jack and co. meet up and regroup, they are to head to Shipwreck Island and a meeting of the nine Pirate Lords are adjourned to discuss the matter of the their freedom loving ways. The first half of the film was all about saving Jack. That’s because he was one of the Pirate lords and without him, the others could not vote because he did not relinquish command. The second half of the film focuses on the Pirates and how they must stop the East India Trading Company or look to disband and go into hiding, or suffer a far worser fate.
What I like about Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End, it really tied the two stories together nicely and while it takes awhile to find out the end result, its a film that deserves repeat viewings. People always complain about the stories and how they are confusing to understand. You really think they would design a film that is a blockbuster to be viewed once and then never returned to? While I agree the story can be confusing, it gets to the point eventually and rewards people for watching all the way through. There are certainly other aspects to keep everyone watching. All the swashbuckling action and beautiful islands for one. Johnny Depp continues to impress as what is probably one of the most iconic film characters in decades. Captain Jack Sparrow is a master of being pirate and everything that goes with that. Deception, villainy, stubbornness, and treachery to name a few. I think most people tune into these films primarily because of Captain Jack Sparrow now. The stories are fun and I certainly am transported to that era and enjoy the hell out of these films.
With the two disc edition of the movie, you get plenty of cool extras. On disc one you get a decent blooper reel. On disc two, there was certainly a little for everyone. A nice featurette of Keith Richards on the set and how everyone was like little kids when he came around. It was funny to see people they said haven’t been around on the set in months show up for Richards appearance in the film. Also the filmmakers take you inside how they did all their nifty design tricks and CGI maneuvers. I was impressed how they created the Maelstrom. After their woes on the 2nd film with hurricanes and storms destroying the sets, they went with an ironic finale with the Maelstrom. I enjoyed the featurette with Hans Zimmer, who did the score for the film. I loved his score to the film and listen to it constantly. I didn’t realize that Director Gore Verbinski played guitar on the “Parlay” track. Pretty cool.
Overall, I enjoyed this film just as much as the other films. While you just can’t capture that same excitement the first film had when it hit theaters; Dead Man’s and World’s End did a great job as the series counterparts. Pirates of the Caribbean is a trilogy that is every movie fan should have in their collection because it’s certainly one everyone will enjoy.
-Keith & The Captain: On Set With Johnny Depp And The Rock Legend
-Bloopers Of The Caribbean
-Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary By Director Gore Verbinski
-The Tale Of Many Jacks
-Anatomy Of A Scene: The Maelstrom
-Masters Of Design – Creating The Pirates’ World
-The World Of Chow Yun-Fat
-Inside The Brethren Court
-The Pirate Maestro: The Music Of Hans Zimmer
-Hoist The Colours – The Story Behind The Song
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: The Gallows, Singapore Showdown, Multiple Jacks, Up is Down, The Brethren Court, Pirates vs East India
Running Time: 169 minutes