Did anyone ever suspect Disney could make a film based on a theme park work? And then did they ever think there would end up being five of them?
No, this is not a review for Haunted Mansion 5.
Pirates Of The Caribbean- Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth installment in the franchise, and it’s landing on physical media this week. The film transfer for the Blu-ray set we were sent is absolutely gorgeous, with amazingly crisp audio to match. The overall package, which has become standard for Disney, also includes a DVD copy of the film as well as a code to redeem the digital version, which will show up in your Disney Movies Anywhere account.
The bonus features, to be frank, are not anything to cause a purchase here. There is a small collection of what feel like very random featurettes, a blooper reel, four deleted scenes and a photo diary. No commentary tracks, no series retrospective, the bonus features feel very much obligatory as opposed to be something you must own.
Where this set does fall down, and is something I don’t think I have ever encountered before, is in the fonts used for the menus. No, I’m not kidding, I’m about to rant about fonts.
Overall the text in the menus is very much keeping with the pirate theme you would expect, but the issue arises in that all the fonts are colored yellow. When you highlight something to change features or select your language, it turns to a very slightly different yellow. Occasionally a dot would also appear next to what you were selecting, but it was not present on every item.
On paper, this doesn’t sound like that big of a deal, but when you’re attempting to go through every feature on a disc for the purposes of a review, it can be downright infuriating.
While the set is nice enough, it just isn’t something you feel like you must rush out and buy. With the holidays rapidly approaching our suggestion would be waiting for a markdown on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
Pirates Of The Caribbean- Dead Men Tell No Tales Bonus Features
- Dead Men Tell More Tales: The Making of a New Adventure – Get unique access into the making of this exciting new “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie with this collection of revealing and entertaining stories that you can view individually or as a “play all.”
- A Return to the Sea – Two talented filmmakers, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, team up to bring “Pirates of the Caribbean” back to the screen. Hear how this new chapter of the tale was developed.
- Telling Tales: A Sit-down with Brenton & Kaya – Meet Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario, the young actors behind Henry and Carina. The two sit down together for a revealing conversation on becoming a part of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise and its continuing legacy.
- The Matador & The Bull: Secrets of Salazar & The Silent Mary – Oscar-winner Javier Bardem reveals more about his menacing new character and the foreboding ship he helms.
- First Mate Confidential – Go on-set along with Kevin McNally, the affable actor behind the feisty Mr. Gibbs, Captain Jack’s reliable first mate from all five movies.
- Deconstructing the Ghost Sharks – Peer below the depths at how these ferocious, mythical monsters were designed and brought to life.
- Wings Over the Caribbean – Captain Jack has a memorable encounter with Sir Paul McCartney – rock ‘n’ roll royalty.
- An Enduring Legacy – Take one more look at the “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” experience and the impact of “Pirates of the Caribbean” — the movies, the ride and beyond.
- Bloopers of the Caribbean
- Jerry Bruckheimer Photo Diary
- Deleted Scenes
- Henry Turner Learns a Lesson from Captain Jack
- A Whale in Poseidon’s Tomb
- Alternate Coda: Murtogg & Mullroy “Flogging”
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Disney provided us with a review copy for the purposes of this review.