‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ DVD Review: These Features Rock

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is rife with flaws, but it seems those are addressed in the DVD release. The picture and sound are the typical superior quality we’ve grown to expect from a Disney release. It is the features that put this release over the top. Here is what you can expect.

A Return To The Sea

This feature provides interesting commentary about what brought Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush back to the franchise.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

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Telling Tales: A Sit-down with Brenton and Kaya

This feature focuses on the “new blood” introduced into this film. Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario detail what it was like on set and how nervous they were meeting Johnny Depp.

The Matador & The Bull: Secrets of Salazar and Silent Mary

Javier Bardem breaks down his method for bringing his character, Salazar, to life. He goes into detail about how much he’s a fan of the franchise as well (his wife was in one of the previous films). We also get an extensive look at the makeup process he went through.

First Mate Confidential

Kevin McNally goes into detail about playing Captain Jack’s first mate in all of these films. Mcnally goes into how he doesn’t crave the spotlight but does enjoy the consistent work.

Deconstructing the Ghost Sharks

This was the only feature that got into some of the special effects. This short detailed how they created the Ghost Shark sequences.


Disney has taken a film that was undoubtedly lifeless and managed to make it reasonably enjoyable. If the final product is lackluster, then dazzle me with your extra features. While no one should have wasted their money seeing this release in theaters, the extras make it more than worth your time.

Dewey Singleton - Film Critic
Dewey Singleton - Film Critic
I'm a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and have been doing reviews for many years. My views on film are often heard in markets such as Atlanta, Houston, and satellite radio. My wife often tolerates my obsession for all things film related and two sons are at an age now where 'Trolls' is way cooler than dad. Follow me on twitter @mrsingleton.