Season 3 DVD Special Features

Honestly, at this point I’ve bought the Black Sails DVDs because I want to throw my money at it so TV people will know this was a show people loved.  But also for special features!  Let’s see how the season 3 DVDs measure up!

Inside the World of Black Sails

24:04
It is so enjoyable to listen to the show creators relive each episode, reminding us of the highlights while also revealing behind-the-scenes stories.  While not the most important revelation, this entire feature is almost worth it just for a tiny shot of Zach McGowan in full Vane attire wearing flashy pink sunglasses while waiting for his scene.
10/10

The Storm

3:43
An incredible episode is made more incredible with the knowledge that it took 30 days and multiple new sets to shoot.  I especially loved listening to Toby Stephens, Luke Arnold, and Tom Hopper describe with manic glee how crazy the filming was.
9/10

A Pirate’s Last Words

4:03
I’m so glad that Vane’s final speech gets an entire feature of its own.  Unfortunately, there are a few reused clips from “Inside the World of Black Sails,” but overall, it’s a lovely tribute to Charles Vane.
8/10

Blackbeard: An 18th Century Pirate

10:04
It’s a true joy to listen to the showrunners and actors discuss what a badass Edward Teach is.  This is a wonderful history of early piracy in general and Blackbeard (and Hornigold and Nassau and the Urca de Lima) in particular.
8/10

Woodes Rogers

5:33
Beginning with a discussion of the historical Woodes Rogers, we quickly move into his fictionalized version in Black Sails.  By the end of it, I found myself a lot more interested in his struggle with his inner darkness and more interested in his relationship with Eleanor.
7/10


Final Opinion:

Season 3’s special features continue the trend of being bigger and better than the season before, though sadly they do not triple in length this time.  I will always want more, and I would KILL for a blooper reel, but what is offered is excellent and well worth enjoying.

Do it!  Spend the $17.96 on Amazon to support Black Sails.

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