Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is the first Pirates movie sans Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly. You are probably not surprised to learn, the franchise doesn’t need them. Instead Jack Sparrow plays alongside Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane; A father daughter team on a quest for the fountain of youth. As with any Pirates movie, all three parties con one another regularly and alliances steadily shift. It easily fits in with the first three films and it’s refreshing to see another chapter in the life of Jack Sparrow begin to play out. Also, mermaids are in this one!
Besides the glossy semi-holographic art work, the Blu-Ray edition is nothing to write home about. Audio Commentary and a new Disney feature called “Disney Second Screen” which has you start the movie on both a mobile device and your blu-ray player simultaneously so you can explore interactive content while you watch. This is great for those with ADD, but some of us still are able to watch movies without also playing Angry Birds at the same time.
All in all, if you are a Pirates fan I would wait until Depp says he won’t do anymore and Disney releases some glorious box set. But that day doesn’t look like it’s coming anytime soon.