'Blackbeard - The Complete Mini-Series'
(Angus Macfadyen, Mark Umbers, Jessica Chastain, Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (2006) 2017 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: In the Golden Age of Piracy, at the dawn of the 18th century, Blackbeard stood out among the lawless rogues as the most fearsome and notorious seafarer of them all. He killed for the reputation, and his reputation has become legend. Now, for the first time, comes the true story of pirate Edward Teach, the man who terrorized the seas.
Blu-ray Verdict: Released by Mill Creek Entertainment and now on Blu-ray for the very first time, 'Blackbeard - The Complete Mini-Series' from 2006 is now ready for you to set sail in - at your peril!
'Blackbeard' is a two-part TV Mini-Series released in 2006 based on the exploits of the infamous pirate Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard. The two parts clock in at 2 hours and 50 minutes.
Although 'Blackbeard' obviously features real-life people and other items (like the ship Queen Anne's Revenge and Blackbeard's relationship with the governor), the story is essentially fictional. Those knowledgeable about the life of Blackbeard should know this up front, otherwise it will ruin their experience.
Still, even though this is a fictional story, the film IS realistic in it's presentation of the basic Caribbean pirate lifestyle. Not to mention, it successfully captures the spirit of Blackbeard.
One thing that turns me off to pirate flicks like 'Pirates of the Caribbean' (all of them!) and 'Cutthroat Island' is that they feature such a goofy, unbelievable vibe that the viewer can't take the stories serious for even a moment (and, don't get me wrong, those types of films have their place).
Well, you don't have to worry about that with 'Blackbeard' because, again, this is a believable portrayal of the pirate lifestyle. The film certainly helps the viewer catch a glimpse of what it must have been like to be a pirate back in that era (1700s).
In regards to the historical inaccuracies of the story, how much do we really know about Blackbeard and the many adventures he experienced in his life? Did he have a scribe with him at all times detailing every detail of his life and adventures?
Of course not. The story in 'Blackbeard' features events that very well COULD have happened to him and other pirates of the era. In light of all this, I hope you settle in one rainy Sunday afternoon and enjoy it as much as we did. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.