Months after they were first reported by fans, Disney has confirmed framing issues with the 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' Blu-ray, promising a fix (and a corresponding disc exchange program) "very soon."
Disney first released 'Curse of the Black Pearl' on Blu-ray last May to largely stellar critical reaction (our own Peter Bracke raved about it in his review), but months later reports surfaced online that select scenes on the disc suffered from severe framing problems that wreak havoc with the film's intended presentation.
When we first brought the apparent issue to Disney's attention this past September, the studio would only say that they were investigating the problem. Now, with next week's Blu-ray release of the third film in the 'Pirates' series on the horizon, Disney has finally issued official word on the controversy, acknowledging the framing issue, and promising that all future Blu-ray pressings of 'Curse of the Black Pearl' will correct the problem.
For customers of the original, mis-framed Blu-ray edition of 'Pirates, Disney said it would also be offering a free disc exchange program. Although the studio told us that they've not yet set an exact date for release of the corrected discs, a studio rep promised that it will be "very soon."
Needless to say, we'll keep you posted as more details about the corrected disc and the exchange program emerge. Watch this space!
In the meantime, be sure to check out Peter Bracke's comprehensive Blu-ray review of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End,' due in stores next Tuesday.
- Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Blu-ray)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Blu-ray)