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Free Willy: Escape From Pirate’s Cove Blu-ray Review

“Free Willy: Escape From Pirate’s Cove” is a needless sequel.

The plot: After an accident causes her father to be in a hospital for six weeks, a teen girl named Kirra is sent to South Africa to stay at her Grandafther’s house/seaside amusement park. One day, after a bad storm, a baby Orca whale gets separated from his family and winds up in the lagoon of the park. The Orca becomes a big attraction for the dying seaside amusement park and even gets the attention of a rival amusement park owner who wants the whale badly. While all of this is going on, Kirra is trying to help the whale get back to his family, but will she succeed?

13 years after the third “Free Willy” film, the franchise has been resurrected once again with the pointless and uninvolving fourth installment ‘Escape From Pirate’s Cove.’ The story is routine stuff and there’s nothing here that we haven’t seen before. Additionally, the movie seems less concerned about whales and more concerned with introducing Bindi Irwin (daughter of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin) to the world. Unfortunately, Bindi doesn’t have much screen presence. Her range of emotions simply include whining and screaming at the top of her lungs with joy.

Going back to the actual whales, I was very displeased by the fact that we see more awful CGI whales and relatively little real life whales. Sure it’s cheaper to make a computer whale, but who wants to see that in a “Free Willy” movie?

Summary: Unless you or your children absolutely love the “Free Willy” series, there’s no reason to check out this new sequel.

The widescreen 1080p picture quality is adequate but nothing mind blowing. Likewise, the 5.1 DTS-HD audio track does its job, but it’s hardly the type of movie with a rich audio track that is full of life.


* DVD/Digital Copy.
* Pop-up fact track.
* 2 deleted scenes and 1 outtake.
* Bindi’s First Movie Video Diary that was recorded during her time on set.
* “Meet My Wild Co-Stars- A featurette on the animals in the film.
* “On The Set Of Free Willy: Greetings From South Africa”- A behind-the-scenes look at the production and Bindi Irwin’s experiences during the shooting of the movie.

March 23, 2010 - Posted by | 1 | ,

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