From Starz, creators Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine alongside producer Michael Bay comes the hit pirate drama series Black Sails. This series stars Toby Stephens, Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, Tom Hopper, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Hannah New, Clara Paget, Toby Schmitz, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Ray Stevenson. Season three hits Blu-ray/DVD on November 8, 2016 and a final and fourth season will première January 29, 2017.
In the wake of the burning of Charles Town, all the New World lives in fear of Captain Flint. But when his campaign of terror crosses over into madness, it falls to John Silver to locate the man within the monster before it’s too late. Meanwhile, with Eleanor Guthrie in prison, Jack Rackham oversees a new Nassau, hoping to secure his legacy as a king among thieves. All will be tested when a new threat arrives, one the pirates could never have anticipated. It knows them. It understands them. And in the blink of an eye, it will turn them against each other.
The second episode of season three is a monster, featuring some of the craziest action sequences and special effects of any TV series ever produced. And we now live in a Game of Thrones world where dragons are kicking it on the smallscreen. Black Sails has definitely increased it’s scale in every possible way – the ocean, the storms, the cannonballs – you can feel every single hit. By the time we enter the insane finale, which is without a shadow of a doubt the biggest spectacle in Black Sails history, we have no choice but to recognise that feature length films no longer have the edge when it comes to the advantages of a larger budget. Because I can tell you right now, there were very little films the past year that looked or felt as huge as Black Sails season 3 did.
From the storm at seas early on, to the stunning shark hunt mid-season and the all-out chaos of the finale, Black Sails season 3 was easily the best of the series so far and a spectacle that rivals most feature length films. The acting, the direction, the production, the writing – Starz has a winner on their hands with this show and even though I know who comes out on the right side of this war in the end (thanks history books… ya jerks) I can’t wait to see how it plays out as the series comes to a conclusion. – READ FULL REVIEW HERE
The special features included on the Black Sails season 3 set are delicious. I appreciated how the team put together every single ‘Inside The World of Black Sails’ clip, which usually followed the individual episodes online, and strung them altogether in one glorious behind-the-scenes breakdown of the season.
We get a great piece on how they pulled off the intense storm sequence, which took a month to film mind you… Brutal. The amount of physical punishment that the cast and crew went through for our entertainment was truly special when you see just how much blood sweat and tears they all put into this show. Vane, Rogers and Blackbeard each get their own segments with some wonderful interviews and insight from the performers themselves so I highly recommend you pick up Black Sails season 3 on Blu-ray because it looks stunning in this format and the behind-the-scenes bonus goodies are definitely worth your time. Not only one of the best TV shows of 2016 – but now one of the best Blu-ray sets of the year as well.
- “Black Sails” Season Two Recap
- Blackbeard: An 18th Century Pirate
- The Storm
- A Pirate’s Last Words
- Woodes Rogers
- Inside the World of Black Sails
Rating: [star rating=”5″]
Check out the clip from the Blu-ray below: