Blue-Ray Review: Pirates Of The Caribbean-Dead Men Tell No Tales
Walt Disney Pictures 2017
PG13 | 2hrs 9 mins | Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
HD | 1080P | Dolby Atmos
4K | 2160P | HDR10 | Dolby Atmos
2.40:1 Aspect Ratio
Starring: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites
Directed by: Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg
Ratings & Reviews
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Not having 4K or Immersive audio yet what did the 1080P24 version look like? excellent, and the sound track was quite engaging.
Technical Review – HD Blu-Ray
Within the restrictions of the movie’s visual and stylistic limits I felt that the overall images, while a little dull at times, were well defined, had realistic flesh tones and showed few compression artifacts. Black levels are noise free and deep, while clarity and sharpness are excellent at all times. However, most scenes lack a bright colorful impact with the film pushing cool color renditions. The brighter scenes with sunlight and torches do, however, sparkle with nicely saturated reds and yellows. CGI integration was good, even though it stretched your imagination with creatures like the zombi sharks.
The Dolby Atmos track defaults to Dolby TrueHD 7.1 in my system. I found the music sound track very engaging and surrounds were quite active and fairly aggressive, especially during explosions, while at the same time carrying a full range of the more refined sound effects representing the various environments the film was shot in. The dialog was clean and clear at all times and stereo imaging was precise, and where appropriate the LFE 0.1 channel certainly kicked in for those cannon shots.
This is supposed to be the final chapter in Jack Sparrows adventures. So with his return to the screen in this swash buckling adventure, I felt his performance was less than stellar, with the film relying on lots of CGI effects, and his performance lacking in intensity. He finds himself at odds with his old nemesis, Captain Salazar, who escaped from the Devils Triangle with a motley selection of ghost pirates, who are determined to kill every pirate that they can find, including Jack Sparrow. Finding the legendary Trident of Poseidon will be Jack Sparrows only redemption as it posses the power over the seas.
I am not too sure how many younger viewers would recognize Sir Paul McCartney, the bass player from the Beatles, in his brief cameo appearance as Uncle Jack, but he took me back to my younger days. However, in spite of the excessive use of CGI effects and a movie that seems to move at break neck speeds on occasions, it was entertaining, the acting was OK, and it kept me engaged for the whole 2+ hrs.
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