Disney Investigating Reported Framing Issues on 'POTC' Blu-ray

Posted Fri Sep 7, 2007 at 08:00 AM PDT by
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

The discovery of apparent framing issues on Disney's Blu-ray release of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' has caused a mini-firestorm among early adopters online, and now the studio says it's looking into the problem.

'The Curse of the Black Pearl' first hit stores this past May, as one of the most highly-anticipated Blu-ray releases on the format thus far, and it earned high marks from most reviewers (including our own Peter Bracke).

More recently, however, reports have surfaced online that the disc suffers from significant framing problems that wreak havoc with the film's original aspect ratio

The story first gained traction early last week when an eagle-eyed AVS Forum member named Denner posted a series of side-by-side comparisons of the same scenes on both the Blu-ray and the standard-def DVD versions of 'Curse of the Black Pearl.'

The screen captures present stark and compelling evidence that numerous sections of the high-def version are noticeably mis-framed, resulting in such glaring crops as the one captured below, as posted by master AVS screencapper Xylon:

The same frame from 'Curse of the Black Pearl,' as captured on both the DVD and the Blu-ray.

Since its original posting last week, Denner's AVS Forum thread has been viewed over 25,000 times, and has spawned several popular "companion threads" both at AVS and elsewhere.

We contacted Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment about the apparent issue, and were told that they are now aware of the potential problem with 'The Curse of the Black Pearl' Blu-ray release and are investigating the matter, but have no official statement at this time.

Needless to say, we'll keep you posted as soon as any official word comes in from the studio. Stay tuned...

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Blu-ray)
Tags: Disney, Technical Glitches (all tags)