The DVD box for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) quotes Mark S. Allen from CBS/CW-TV: “The best Pirates yet! Epic and amazing.” What movie did he watch? First off, the original Pirates movie is by far and away the best of the three. Second, At World’s End, the third in the trilogy, isn’t that good. It’s long, bloated, full of special effects and ends with a fizzle. That being said, it’s still better than Dead’s Man Chest, which was downright terrible at times.
But this DVD review isn’t about the movie; it’s about the DVD. You can read my full Pirates movie review here. Specifically, this DVD review is about the 2-disc Limited Edition, which, honestly, isn’t that great.
While I didn’t like Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, the DVD was extraordinary, full of hours and hours of in-depth and informative behind-the-scenes featurettes and so on and so forth. This 2-disc limited edition is… shall, we say… limited.
Sure, the box has a lot of things: several behind-the-scenes featurettes, bloopers, deleted scenes and a few other things. That’s all fine and good, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End offers pretty decent bonus features compared to a lot of other DVDs out there, but for this franchise, people, it ain’t that great. None of the featurettes are all that long, and I got through most of the features in a ridiculously short time – compare that to the hours I spent (wasted?) watching the features for Pirates 2 and that stands out to you.
That being said, the featurettes, as short as they are, do offer a little insight into the film. Those who like Keith Richards will appreciate a few minutes devoted just to him, while there are also sequences that examine the multiple Johnny Depp scene, Chow Yun-Fat’s involvement, the music of Hans Zimmer and so forth. Informative, but too short. Then again, this means I didn’t have to watch more Pirates than I had too.
All in all, fans of the film will probably pick up this 2-disc set anyway, but if you’re expecting features on par with the previous two films, you will be disappointed.