Set Footage From ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’

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Jack Sparrow Set Footage From Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Aside from a handful of behind the scenes images and a teaser trailer that was simply Jack Sparrow talking to the camera for a few minutes, most of the information fans have received regarding Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has been in the form of rumors or hearsay.

The official trailer debuts online December 13th (and you can win tickets to an exclusive premiere event in the “Pirates Fans First!” Contest), but you don’t have to wait until then to see the first bits of footage from the fourth entry in Disney’s blockbuster franchise.

Entertainment Tonight paid a visit to the set of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and in this six-minute video we get our first glimpse of Captain Jack (Johnny Depp), Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), Angelica (Penelope Cruz), and Blackbeard (Ian McShane) in action.

In addition to the fly on the wall look at certain scenes being filmed, there’s also a brief look at some of the stunt work in the movie and an interview with producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

Check out the clip below:

Okay, so there’s probably like 30 seconds of actual set footage and five and a half minutes of ET bragging about how exclusive all of this is – but I have to admit, I’m pretty optimistic about what I’m seeing here.

For starters, I love the incorporation of an urban setting as it’s a small indicator that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is indeed breaking some new ground and will have a different feel than its predecessors. There’s not really anything revealed about the plot that we didn’t already know, but it’s still intriguing to get a sense of the film’s tone and atmosphere.

I wasn’t sure which direction they were going to go in with Ian McShane’s Blackbeard character given how over-the-top Davy Jones was in the previous two films, but it appears that he’s a bit more grounded in reality. I realize that the supernatural aspects are sort of the hook for this franchise, but I’m really hoping that the characters’ attitudes towards things like zombies and mermaids is more like the first Pirates movie where they were actually shocked such creatures existed.

davy jones pirates of the caribbean Set Footage From Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

I had a hard time buying that everyone so readily accepting of things like a half-man/half-octopus and his giant sea beast. If  that was so commonplace in the universe of these films, why was everyone so frightened of the undead pirates in part one? Seems like small potatoes compared to a giant cuttlefish that eats boats. But I digress.

A lot of people (myself included) had their patience tested by the previous sequels, but I’m really hopeful Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides makes good on all of its promises. Now that we know Disney wants to shoot Pirates 5 & 6 back-to-back, it’ll be interesting to see how many elements from this film carry over or if they’ll continue to emphasize stand-alone adventures.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides arrives in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters in the U.S. on May 20th, 2011.

Source: Entertainment Tonight

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  1. Maybe just maybe I don’t know, the characters weren’t scared of davy jones after dealing with the undead and realizing that they actually DO live in a supernatural world after all? Just a little logic. Sparrow’s also had othet adventures and seen much more than that in his day. Can’t speak for will and elizabeth but…. Come on!

    • A little logic? That’s pretty much the problem. Fine, Sparrow gets a pass. He’d already met Davy Jones. But Beckett’s plan to steal Jones’ heart and blah blah blah… seriously? The first Pirates film IS a place where the supernatural can occur but it’s not commonplace. That’s part of what made the undead pirates so threatening.

      It’s like they wanted to turn POTC into a nautical Star Wars. All I’m suggesting is that by making these creatures so acce[tedand natural, it makes them a lot less interesting. What if the teenagers in a Friday the 13th movie stopped being scared of Jason because they just realized “You know what? This is a place where killer zombies wearing hockey masks just happens.”? It takes a lot of power away from the film’s villain.

      I don’t mind the supernatural stuff. But I preferred when it was just a bit more restrained. 2 & 3 were just overkill for me. It didn’t bother you and that’s fine. I just don’t feel the same way.

      Truth is they were probably more prone to believing in that stuff back then. But just because you believe in ghosts or aliens or whatever doesn’t mean that if you come face to face with one you go “Oh hey, what’s up? Catch that Bears game Sunday?”

      We’ll just have to agree to disagree.

      • But they ARE just films. Looking too much into them is kind of pathetic. Films are for entertainment purposes, and if they don’t have things we can’t experience in real life, than you might as well not go to see any film.

        I mean, if you want to play film critic, the least you can do is just take notice that after dealing with a cursed pirate ship, captain, and crew, and a pirates knowledge about the existance of Davey Jones, it’s not a surprise that they aren’t shocked and shaken by the appearance of something that shouldn’t exist.

        Besides, as I said, they ARE JUST MOVIES! I know as the “great” Chris Schrader you have to feel like you know what you are talking about, but whining about a fictional story involving fictional characters is just sad.

        • First of all, Gary – read my other comments. I’ve never pretended my opinion is any more valid than anyone else’s. I’m pretty sure that’s part of the reason you can comment on these articles and why the writers enjoy popping in to participate in the conversations. If I weren’t interested in another opinion I’d write the article and walk away.

          I can see the point you’re trying to make buried under all that misdirected hostility and your smug assumptions, and I’m going to respond to it. But I have to ask first what’s so incredibly offensive about me having my own opinion? Is my view of these films going to change the way you watch them?

          “They’re just movies” is the oldest and laziest excuse in the book. Yes, they’re entertainment. Does that mean they shouldn’t aspire to be something more than disposable distractions?

          I LIKED the first Pirates movie. A LOT. In fact, that’s probably why the sequels were as disappointing to me as they were. I understand you don’t examine one of these movies the same way you would “The Godfather”, but I’m not allowed to point out sloppy storytelling just because it’s for entertainment purposes?

          Yes, there are more important issues than movies and fictional characters. But look up. This site is called Screen Rant. It’s about movies. This isn’t just a place to read movie news – it’s a place to talk about them. The good and the bad.

          I’m not shoving my opinion down your throat. The article is there not just to deliver information but also to potentially open up a discussion. But unless that discussion is just lavishing praise on a film, you’re implying there’s no point? Why complain about a film you ask? Well, why praise one then? Why have comments at all?

          We don’t have to agree, Gary. But you don’t have to be rude. I’m talking about movies. You’re trying to launch personal attacks.

          • Chris,

            Ignore Gary. He’s a troll with one foot out the door here.


            • Why that guy has not been shoved ou tthe door yet Vic is just beyond me…

          • Don’t waste your time with this guy Chris, he’s always insulting everybody and claiming he knows everything.

        • @”Looking too much into them is kind of pathetic”

          And you call yourself a movie fan?

          • tell it like it is monster… sheesh

  2. Well Chris, I dont know how many scenes there are where Davy Jones is walking the line of new recruits and they are actively sh%&$ing themselves as he asks them if they will serve on his ship… furthermore its pretty clear that the majority of these experiences are not happening for everyone until they have spent some time out on sea duty.

    Most all of the people who would have seen these creatures would already be in high drama shock encountering everything in a matter of minutes right up until the point of their death arrives at which time they already know that they have gone to hell and die shortly so why not try just fighting since there is nowhere to run on a ship when 40 foot tentacles are chasing you. Obviously if there are characters and creatures like Calypso in this ‘schema’ then some people have come face to face with other supernatural mythology and would be open to its insanity as beyond reason to question but with good reason to lie, cheet, steal, kill and finagle your way out of any hornswaggle deal that left you on a ship of shell headed zombie pirates…

    • Oops… diction here is shot… this new computer sends these messages before I have corrected them apparently… so it goes…

      • Well hey, like I said to Ori- it didn’t bother some people. 2 & 3 just get a little too mystical for me and a little too casual about all of it. Just a matter of personal taste. Not trying to imply that you’re wrong because you feel differently.

        • The supposition that the film industry should keep things in neat little formulaic packages of success is likely the primary reasoning behind this glut of remakes might be the real point that I would be establishing in about 3-4 threads here simultaneously… that and the fact that I have a raging imagination with a whole lot of ways to look at production as an open ended venture in story telling…

          I like my fun deep and dark and strange and mostly in the production end of things but that doesnt mean that I like my fun to get in the way of my sense of quality when it comes to strange or dark…

          When it comes to the concepts of ‘Deep’ where quality is concerned… Nothing replaces vision as continuity and everything is improved by linking the connections of historical fiction, mythological proportion where at all possible… Burton relies on this as far as I can tell. Anways… I digress… yes we all have a point of view and some have enough views to file in volumes…

          You and I can agree that if things are not well organized then they detract from the message and the storyline as a form of too much digression and not enough fluid realization relative to immediacy.

          I would rather have that sense of impending wonder such as I experienced all through ‘Angel Heart’ than sit through another ’6th Sense’ where I knew everything that was going to play out one scary surprise after another… Modernity is way too homogenous for some people when all is said and done I guess…

          • Angel Heart’s one of my favourite films of the ’80s, TRE. Amazing performance from Mickey Roarke. I’ve never been able to look at a hard-boiled egg the same way since…

            • Angel Heart was exceptional with its commitment to fresh character displacement in both time and logic… I really felt like the point of that movie was to stop believing what you previously thought on many levels… not much like that was happening at that time… few films provide that option in such a believable manner that it leaves me shaken to this day when I think back to particular scenes…

              this is the mark of a piece of art not to be repeated as opposed to a well crafted scenario which might be without soul… let me be kind and not name any of those ‘almost’ art productions… :D

              • It was such an unusual mix of genres at a time when so many mainstream movies were becoming so formulaic that it subverted your expectations when one convention bled (quite literally) into another, or went off somewhere else entirely. I think of Blue Velvet in the same way. Alan Parker’s never found himself stuck in any particular rut as a filmmaker either. The cinematography, score and performances all lent it a unique atmosphere.

                Just realised the aptness of using the word “favo(u)rite” as well!

          • I don’t recall if it was 2 or 3 (or both) but I remember sitting through one and thinking “this is the movie that will NEVER end – it’s just going on and on and on and on….”


            • Sounds like 3, Vic. Reminded me of the bloated Mr Creosote in desperate need of that one “waffair-thin mint”.

              • more specifically it sounds like the opening scene of 3, where multiple Jacks are running around the ship for something like 20 minutes. I would’ve walked out if I wasn’t waiting for the whirlpool battle hinted at in the previews, only to find out that the delsional Jack opening was twice as long as that battle (don’t mean to sound like a complainer)

            • I think I had that experience with both the tribe scene and with the Davy Jones Locker scenario of clone art… it felt purely intentional as a part of the sanity quotient of the Locker but not so intentional with regards to the natives

              I chalked it up to the artist element of ‘collaborative dilemma’ which I experience when working with someone who might have great gifts but is not always ready to let go of the details for the sake of being built for speed… its really all about not sweating the small stuff really… so call ‘em as you see ‘em but no gift is without its cost and it was worth the journey through the ridiculousness…

            • Vic, for me it was BOTH lol.

  3. Actually some characters didn’t react casually to what was going on. Davy Jones, the Kraken, Flying Dutchman, etc are all basically BS ghost stories if you will, to some characters. Pirates and sailors in general are more accustomed/paranoid to believe them cause they’re superstitous. You know stories that are passes around the campfire. Norrington was one of those people that completely dismissed Davy Jones and the Flying Dutchman as BS. Funny that he did though cause he saw skeleton pirates lol. Now, I liked some elements from 2 and 3, but overall they were very disappointing. But I’m very curious as for what they do with On Stranger Tides for numerous reasons: they have a much much better director, it’s based off a great book, majority of the characters are new and fresh faces, no Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, they had the script finished before they started filming.

    • Agreed on all counts. I think what I could have communicated better is that I wasn’t looking for jaws dropping and eyes going wide every time someone saw Davy Jones. What I’m getting at is that the series seemed to be playing by different rules in 2 & 3.

      In TCOTBP you don’t get the impression that any of what’s happening is a normal occurrence. But in DMC and AWE it’s just part of the universe they all live in. I understand that others welcomed this and had no problem with it. But I’m a little surprised no one else noticed this or feels this way.

      Here’s an excerpt from a review for AWE that Drew McWeeny did when he was still at Ain’t It Cool: “a world in which people double-cross everyone around them as frequently as most of us draw breath. It’s also a world where the supernatural is almost mundane, where bizarre creatures sail the seas alongside soldiers and pirates and no one bats an eye.”

      That’s someone who liked the film and he still acknowledges that aspect of it. The image in my post is exaggerated for comedic purposes, but it’s indicative of one of my core issues with the sequels. It’s not a plot hole or anything – just a creative decision I wasn’t totally on board with.

      To each his own.

      • Chris, I actually agree with your stance on the subject 100%. One of the things that I loved about the first pirates movie is that with the exception of the titular “curse” everything seemed to be more or less grounded in reality. That aspect of the storytelling was very much lost in the sequels and, ultimately, became a very distracting aspect of both of them. The whole “nautical star wars” comparison is actually a really interesting way to put it.

        I mean the undead aspects of Davy Jones’ ship makes sense to the storytelling, and even the aspect of sea debris becoming part of their persons the longer someone is on the ship makes sense as well; but at what point does someones head have to turn into a hammerhead shark, a beard into tentacles, or a hand into a claw? I understand why they took that route in the movie but in my opinion rather than enhancing the movie it simply took away from that “almost” realistic tone that made the first one so great and, as you said, the villains in the first one so scary.

        On a side note I know that it’s been said that one of the things that went wrong with sequels was an overcomplicated story in comparison to the relatively simple plot of the first film. To that regards, I think the same thing can also be said for the creatures featured in the sequels. There were so many different kinds of creatures that it really felt like overkill; especially since all of the people on Davy Jones’ ship reacted to being there differently (as I commented on above). In the first one, even though there was an entire ship of undead pirates, they were all undead in the same way with a distinct consistency to how they looked and physically reacted to their condition.

        Anyway, now I’m rambling. Just wanted to offer my opinion …

  4. The second and third films were simply put, appalling. Bill Nighy’s Davy Jones was a cool character but that was about it, the special effects were decent.

    That’s all the nice things I have to say about those films. All the horrible things I have to say, will have to wait, because frankly I just don’t have the time to catalogue them at the moment.

  5. Pirates aside… the ET hosts just seem like the kids at school who so badly want to be part of the cool gang… and are merely tolerated by them. Also, why do they have to ruin every water related sequence of a film by bringing the “Love Boat” into it.

    My personal wish: Pirates doing pilates.