Ahoy, mateys! The fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series is now available to watch at home on Digital in HD, 4K Ultra HD, 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD/Digital, DVD, and On-Demand.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a rollicking new tale of the high seas, infused with all the elements of fantasy, humor and action that have resulted in an international phenomenon for the past 13 years. The rip-roaring adventure—packed with humor, suspense and jaw-dropping special effects—finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack.”
I enjoyed the first two swashbuckling movies, but I freely admit we never got around to seeing At World’s End (#3) or On Stranger Tides (#4). Fortunately, the newest film works just fine as a standalone movie. I’m sure there were some details I missed, but don’t feel like you must have watched the earlier installments to appreciate this one.
This was our Saturday night movie after the kids were tucked safely in bed. There’s a lot of violence and (non-gory) killing. Captain Salazar and his creepy pirate hunting crew of ghosts were too scary for my 5 and 7-year-olds – and as someone who grew up watching Jaws, those zombie sharks are pretty terrifying – but older kids 11+ should be okay.
I could say that the plot was convoluted and fantastically far-fetched, but isn’t that kind of what we expect from these movies? Captain Jack was, well, Captain Jack – campy, swaggering, and entertaining as always. The CGI effects were incredibly well-done and remarkably realistic: Captain Salazar (I read it took them close to a year to perfect the underwater movement of his hair), the ghost crew, the sharks. They did an especially spectacular job de-aging Johnny Depp as Young Jack Sparrow. Bottom line, Dead Men Tell No Tales was a thoroughly enjoyable watch.
Bonus material includes a collection of behind-the-scenes, making-of stories, including a conversation with directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg; a sit-down with the two young newcomers who play Henry and Carina; the secrets behind the menacing new villain, Salazar, and his ferocious ghost sharks; an on-set visit with Jack’s first mate from all five films; a chat with Sir Paul McCartney who appears as Uncle Jack; and a discussion about the franchise’s legacy; along with hilarious bloopers, deleted scenes and memories from producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s photo diary.
Pick up your copy of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on Amazon.
- 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”
- First Mate Confidential (on DVD)
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Disclosure: I received sample items for review. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.