Disney’s original Pirates of the Caribbean – The Curse of the Black Pearl – is a huge production and a wonderfully fun film.
Released in 2003, it spawned a brace of kinsmen.
Having compared the original 2007 Blu-ray, with the new 4k UHD, I’ve come away with an odd feeling. It’s not at all what I had expected. Even knowing that the original was a 2k DI derived from film, I thought I’d be seeing something special.
And I’m not.
Unless my eyes are deceiving me, I’m actually seeing more detail in the Blu-ray than in the 4k, which appears more lovingly homogenized, a bit akin to the Disney classic animated features.
Grain seems more subtle, details – for example, young Lucinda Dryzek’s freckles in the film’s opening. She plays the young Elizabeth. Her skin now appears more blended.
That’s not necessary a bad thing, but it’s not my style. Someone seems to like this look, which seems pleasantly nested between what I presumed it might appear like and the original Warner Blu-ray of that Mozart movie.
Nothing is plasticized, but it could have been so much better. But why bother?
Except for the Disney Movie Club, I expect Disney to be out of physical media within a year or two.
Colors and densities seems correct, comfortable, and close to the older Blu-ray. Audio has been tweaked a bit with Dolby Atmos.
I find myself, bothered and bewildered, but in no way bewitched.
To my ethic, a waste of 4k.
Image – 3 (HDR)
Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)
Pass / Fail – Fail
Plays nicely with projectors – Yes
Upgrade from Blu-ray – No
Makes use of and works well in 4k – 2.5
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