- Format: DVD Region 2 for the UK
- Number of Disc: 12
- Genre: Period Drama,Adventure,Historical
- Starring: Toby Stephens, Luke Arnold, Toby Schmitz, Hannah New, Jessica Parker Kennedy
- Studio: LIONSGATE
- Release Date: 2018
What’s it about
Well written and acted. The story of Long John Silver and the pirates living and fighting in the Caribbean makes for a tail well worth watching. Life was not easy for most of the people in the islands which was fought over and ruled by England, France and Spain. Who controlled each of the islands was important to explain much of the story line. Putting all of the places and people into proper perspective was done with a great deal of thought to make the locations and dress typical of the times. The writers did an outstanding job of telling how each of the main characters lives would go on after the last chapter.
I am with those who consider Black Sails the finest of all the US and UK TV series productions of the past, well, ever. And that’s saying something, considering the monumental qualities of many of them (The Wire, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Americans, and yes, The Sopranos). The story-telling, period details, and film production values overall approach the pinnacles of the cineramic arts, near the same level as Lawrence of Arabia really. Except that the visual presentation on Bluray is so stunning as is, I fear that if it were filmed in 70mm and scanned properly to a 4k UHD disk, more sensitive individuals may not survive the viewing experience. This last is possibly a slight exaggeration (but possibly not), as I never engage in hyperbole.
However, a sad reality is that this is the 4th, and final, season. It has been cancelled, truly a crime against the arts. As has been said before, this is the greatest film series (it is most definitely not just “TV”) to have been seen by so few. Shirley a paradox for the ages.
I absolutely love Black Sails, and I’m sad the series has ended. It’s hard to adequately describe this series, but the tales of the pirates and the Caribbean islands is fascinating. The characters in the series are wonderful, the action is great, the scenery and the ships, oceans, waves, locations – everything was fantastic. So sad the series has ended, but the journey was really worth it.