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Pirates Band of Misfits [Blu-ray] [Import]

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By John Thomas Anderson TOP 50 REVIEWER
The Pirates, Band of Misfits is another in a long line of stop-motion (Claymation) titles from the wonderfully creative folks of Aardman Animation. You've probably seen previous works of theirs from the old Wallace & Gromit shorts right up to newer movies like Chicken Run and Curse of the Weir Rabbit. So if you've seen any of them, then you pretty much know what to expect here.

The stop-motion animation is superb as always though I found the overall storyline a bit lacking in depth. I can't quite put my finger on it, but somehow even though a lot of the individual scenes are quite funny and Hugh Grant did his usual high quality voice acting and there's the usual Aardman action; still the parts always seemed better than the whole some how. So I can't quite give it a ringing endorsement.

Still the kids should enjoy it as it's colourful and loud and waaaay over the top. But for parents, it may not have much long term rewatchability. At least that's how I find it personally. Your mileage may vary.

The bluray does look superb though and the audio track is a full 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio in both English and Quebecois French. There's also a DD 5.1 track in Spanish. As for extra's, there's a nice 20 min. short called "You want to be a Pirate" and a couple of smaller shorts as well. They're all very well done. Plus a very nice 20 min. documentary on how you make a stop motion movie (very labour intensive) and a shorter 8 min. piece on how they made the bathtub chase scene. Plus the usual assortment of trailers, etc.

5 stars for the superb animation, 4 for the DTS audio and 3 for the overall storyline.

J. A.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Dec 15 2012
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This is yet another excellent movie from the folks that brought to you Wallace and Gromit. I highly recommend buying it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pirates Oct. 20 2012
By jimtv
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An enjoyable movie. A bit too old to keep our 5 year old's attention. I believe she would enjoy it in an atmosphere of a few slightly older children to share the experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saw it in the theatre, loved it at my house Feb. 22 2014
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Aardman animation were a breath of fresh air when the surfaced with the Wallace and Grommit series of shorter animations, it has been great to see them continue and broaden their scope with wonderful movies like this one. My family and I will be watching and enjoying this movie for many years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ahoy matey! Sept. 29 2013
By JoeJ
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A family fun filled misadventure of pirates created in the same vein as other Aardman hand claymation movies. A giggle and a gusty laugh at every turn of the sea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High comedic value, superb animation Oct. 16 2012
By OpenMind TOP 100 REVIEWER
The Pirate Captain hopes to win the "Pirate of the Year" award this time around. His faithful crew--from the "Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate" to the "Pirate with Gout"--think he has a decent chance. His competition is stiff, though, and he hasn't amassed nearly enough booty to be a serious contender for the prize. While boarding a vessel one day, he meets Charles Darwin, who tells him that his parrot mascot is actually a rare dodo that could bring him untold riches at the Royal Academy's yearly competition in London. The Pirate Captain decides to attend the meeting despite the risk of incurring Queen Victoria's retribution, whose hatred of pirates is renowned.

The rest of the movie unfolds, and it's a well-proportioned mix of comedy, danger, and sentimentality. The filmmakers have refrained from going over-the-top with any of the particular elements (such as madcap action/hackneyed slapstick/overly risqué innuendo), and the result is a satisfying balance of laughter and suspense. The Pirates! even manages to convey some important messages about loyalty, fair play, and--of all things--biodiversity!

All of the parts of this film, including plot, visuals, acting, and pacing, are superlative.

Some "family" films by design are tailored towards a particular demographic. The Pirates!, on the other hand, will please children AND adults of all ages. It is definitely worth the purchase, since it won't get stale with repeated viewings and is a safe bet as far as entertaining friends or family goes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie for the family Sept. 17 2012
The Pirates! is a fun movie in the tradition of stop-motion claymation done by Aardman Animations. The movie revolves around the plot of the Pirate Captain (that's his name) trying to win the Pirate of the Year award. Recognizing that fewer pirates are alive to claim the prize, Pirate Captain thinks that this is finally the year that he has a chance to win it along with his misfit crew. Pirate Captain is played by Hugh Grant who lends a great voice to the figure, but it's really hard to peg him as Hugh Grant unless you already know that. Jeremy Piven and Salma Hayek are his main competitors, but they don't figure strongly in the movie. Charles Darwin does thanks to an unusual encounter that sparks a rare opportunity for the Pirate Captain. Darwin goes on the play a semi-villain in the movie, which I quite enjoyed given my admiration for the real Charles Darwin. It's done in a spoofy enough way that no one would consider that it was indicative of the real Charles Darwin.

From a more technical perspective, the visuals are crisp, clear, and fun while the action is lively and the comedy hits more often than it misses. The Blu-Ray version featured commentaries from the director and co-direct that was pretty interesting to listen to and does add to the overall value of the DVD as does a short feature on being a pirate and a PS3 code for a game called Little Big Planet 2. I don't own a PS3 so I don't know if it's any good.

Overall then, there's pretty good value for this DVD and it's a pretty fun watch. It's not the greatest family movie this animation studio has every done, but it's definitely a fun movie worth watching if you get the chance. There is humor aimed at adults inside of the film, which is always a nice bonus as it lets parents laugh at a different level than their kids who laugh at more of the slapstick comedy. So if you're looking for a fun ~90 minutes of relatively harmless comedy, The Pirates! is a good buy.
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