If Gilbert & Sullivan isn’t your mug of grog, perhaps Blackbeard: A New Musical will suit you better. Blackbeard tells the tale of the American pirate who blockaded Charleston Harbor in the early 18th century.
Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies are available on Blu-ray. While the exploits of Captain Jack Sparrow and the crew of the Black Pearl are always entertaining, here are some other naughty or nautical adventures that might have been overshadowed by the recent Disneyland ride-based epic:
- The Goonies (1985, directed by Richard Donner, starring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin and Corey Feldman and Joe Pantoliano). Oregon teens try to save their home from developers by seeking the booby-trapped booty of legendary pirate One-Eyed Willie.
- The Princess Bride (1987, starring Cary Elwes and Robin Wright). The Dread Pirate Roberts kills the true love of a beautiful princess-to-be, then comes to claim her for his own.
- Cutthroat Island (1995, starring Geena Davis and Matthew Modine). A pirate queen and her learned slave go on a treasure hunt for a treasure map.
- Captain Blood (1935, starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Basil Rathbone). With a stirring score that influenced “Star Wars” composer John Williams, this helped to define the pirate film genre.
- Treasure Planet stars Cobra Commander-to-be Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a futuristic Jim Hawkins in an update of Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1883 novel. And Cobra Commander is more piratey than that movie was.
- Ice Pirates (1984, starring Robert Urich and Anjelica Huston). Picture Waterworld in space, with space pirates.
- Star Wars (1977, starring Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher). Han Solo and Chewbacca are the ultimate pirates. crusing around the galaxy in the Millennium Falcon and vaping TIE Fighters.
- Kids will enjoy the cartoons Scooby-Doo: Pirates Ahoy! and Tom and Jerry – Shiver Me Whiskers.