Everyone's favorite oddball pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), sails onto the big screen again this weekend in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. This time Jack is on the hunt for the Fountain of Youth along with Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and Blackbeard (Ian McShane). Penelope Cruz is also onboard as Jack's lost love, as is newcomer Sam Claflin as Philip Swift—a strapping young missionary with a weakness for sexy mermaids.
Before you and your hearties go back to see Jack in theaters, check out the original swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy at home. All three blockbusters are available on both DVD and Blu-ray, the latter of which are loaded with flashy interactive features and games. Millions of dollars in box-office booty later, can you believe this all began with a ride at Disneyland?
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: This 2003 adventure was the world's first look at Captain Jack Sparrow, which earned Depp a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his depiction of the flamboyant pirate. Jack teams up with young sword-maker Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) to rescue a governor's daughter, Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), from the cursed immortal crew of the Black Pearl, helmed by Captain Barbossa. The movie made more than $654 million worldwide and became one of the first films to really tap into Blu-ray's potential.
The BD contains nearly 13 hours of bonus features, including "Scoundrels of the Sea," which lets you build your own view of pirate history.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest: The wedding of Will and Elizabeth is interrupted when a warrant is issued for their arrest because they helped Jack evade his hanging in this 2006 sequel. Will negotiates and agrees to retrieve Jack's magical compass, which has the ability to point in the direction of what a person most desires. Meanwhile, Jack must pay his debt to the squid-faced Davy Jones (Bill Nighy)—the captain of The Flying Dutchman—before he releases the Kraken and destroys them all. This second Pirates adventure, which was filmed concurrently with the third, grossed over one billion dollars worldwide and won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects.
The Blu-ray has over seven hours of bonus features, including the interactive game "Liar's Dice" in which players face-off against real pirates from the movie.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: Will, Elizabeth and the crew of the Black Pearl, including a recently resurrected Captain Barbossa, set off to rescue Jack from Davy Jones's Locker—a surreal, upside down purgatory where people are sent to face their demons. Keith Richards—whom Depp has said was an inspiration for Sparrow—appears for the first time as Captain Teague, Jack's father. The lengthy 169-minute movie, released in 2007, ends in a maelstrom, literally, as the Dutchman and the Black Pearl battle. Will is bound to sail the seas as the Dutchman's captain, but not before he consummates his marriage with Elizabeth. Jack sets off in a small boat to find the Fountain of Youth, but he doesn't find it until four years later in On Stranger Tides, which just opened in theaters and reunites him with Captain Barbossa.
The At World's End Blu-ray contains "Enter the Maelstrom"—an immersive, interactive tour of the movie's world.