Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl

Johnny Depp
Director: Gore Verbinski Cast: Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
, Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
, Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom
Gore Verbinski

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Disney DVD gives their sprawling swashbuckler a feature-packed release that is sure to give both your DVD player and PC a workout. Presented in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, the film transfer is nothing short of perfection. While some may doubt the ability of such a large-scale film to transfer suitably to television, the sharp image and beautiful colors do so with ease and grace. From the creepy moonlit scenes to the sparkling treasure cave, the colors are bright, vivid, and spectacular. With sound options that include THX-optimized DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Disney DVD has offered viewers a vivid soundscape that perfectly compliments the visual presentation. The DTS soundtrack, in particular, will have viewers ducking under their coffee tables to avoid cannon fire. It seems only once or twice a year that a DVD comes along that truly redefines what can be accomplished on the format, and this is no doubt one of those discs. This release of Pirates of the Caribbean is virtually overflowing with great extra features, and viewers may need a free weekend just to navigate their way through its wealth of materials. Starting off with three separate commentary tracks, viewers will likely want to start with director Gore Verbinski and star Johnny Depp's amusing and informative recollection of the film's production. Though it may not be the most technical commentary, the two play well off of one another, and the result in an interesting and informative track. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer provides a bit more detailed take on the production, and stars Keira Knightley and Jack Davenport check in with what is definitely the most amusing commentary track. It's obvious that the two stars are comfortable with each other, and hearing them joke around as they recall the exhausting shoot is a blast. Writers Ted Elliot, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie, and Jay Wolpert's commentary provides notable insight on how the screenplay changed from draft to draft (and script to screen), though one gets the impression that they're stepping on each other's toes a bit to get a word in, and the result is a bit crowded. "An Epic at Sea: The Making of Pirates of the Caribbean" checks in at about 40 minutes and covers everything from location scouting to the spectacular Disneyland premiere of the film. "Fly on the Set" takes a look at both the director in action and how the filmmakers managed their many cinematic feats and sleights of hand. If one wishes to explore the life of actual pirates they need look no further than the "Below Deck" feature, which actually takes viewers aboard a pirate ship to explore the true-life tales of history's most notorious seafaring scallywags. From Blackbeard to Sir Francis Drake to women pirates and Chinese pirates, this informative feature utilizes interviews with maritime historian David Cordingly and film clips and is one of the most fascinating and insightful features on the disc. The accompanying feature, "A Prisoner's Last Tale," also speaks with Cordingly to provide detailed insight on the day-to-day life of a pirate. "Diary of a Pirate" consists of a "Producer's Photo Diary" (which is also narrated by Bruckheimer), a video journal by star Lee Arenberg and a detailed study of the brig Lady Washington (which served as The Interceptor in the film). Deleted scenes mostly offer a more intimate look at the characters, and a blooper reel collects some of the most amusing on-camera flubs. After viewers take a detailed look at one of the film's most entertainingly frightful scenes in "Moonlight Serenade," an image gallery offers production sketches, storyboards, and production and publicity photos. The vintage promotional short "Pirates in the Park" takes them on a nostalgic ride through the actual Disneyland attraction. If viewers aren't entirely exhausted by this point, the DVD-ROM features are sure to do them in. From an effects studio to a virtual reality viewer and storyboard viewer, these intense interactive features will truly put your home PC to the test (the DVD-ROM features will not work on Macintosh computers). From the serious film student to the curious youngster, this release has something for everyone. A must-have for DVD fanatics and fans of the film alike.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/02/2003
UPC: 0786936224306
Original Release: 2005
Rating: PG-13
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:23:00
Sales rank: 1,699

Special Features

Audio commentaries; "An Epic at Sea: The Making Of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl;" deleted scenes; "Moonlight" scene progression; image gallery; blooper reel; "Below Deck: An Interactive History of Pirates; more.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Depp Jack Sparrow
Geoffrey Rush Captain Barbossa
Orlando Bloom Will Turner
Keira Knightley Elizabeth Swann
Jack Davenport Norrington
Kevin McNally Joshamee Gibbs
Jonathan Pryce Governor Swann
Zoe Saldana Anamaria
Treva Etienne Koehler
David Bailie Cotton
Lee Arenberg Pintel
Mackenzie Crook Ragetti
Trevor Goddard Grapple
Isaac C. Singleton Bosun
Brye Cooper Mallot
Greg Ellis Officer Groves
Martin Klebba Marty
Lauren Maher Scarlett
Paula Jane Newman Esterlla
Dylan Smith Young Will Turner

Technical Credits
Gore Verbinski Director
Arthur Schmidt Editor
Bob Badami Musical Direction/Supervision
Klaus Badelt Score Composer
Stuart Beattie Original Story
Christopher Boyes Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Craig Wood Editor
Paul Deason Executive Producer
Larry Dias Set Decoration/Design
Kate Dowd Casting
Ted Elliott Original Story,Screenwriter
Bruce Hendricks Executive Producer
William Hiney Set Decoration/Design
Mark Hitchler Set Decoration/Design
R.J. Hohman Special Effects
Gregory Scott Hooper Set Decoration/Design
Peter Kohn Asst. Director
Ronna Kress Casting
Brian Morris Production Designer
Ve Neill Makeup
Chad Oman Executive Producer
Lee Orloff Sound/Sound Designer
Stephen E. Rivkin Editor
Keith Rogers Sound Mixer
Penny Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Terry Rossio Original Story,Screenwriter
Pat Sandston Associate Producer
Domenic Silvestri Set Decoration/Design
Mike Stenson Executive Producer
James Tocci Art Director
Keith Vanderlaan Makeup Special Effects
Darrell L. Wight Set Decoration/Design
Jay Wolpert Original Story
Dariusz Wolski Cinematographer
Don Woodruff Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Pirates of the Caribbean [WS]
1. Opening Credits/A Pirate's Life
2. Pirates Ye Be Warned
3. Elizabeth's Rescue
4. The Black Pearl
5. Welcome Aboard
6. The Hunt
7. Finding a Crew
8. Aztec Gold
9. The Treasure of Cortez
10. Keep to the Code
11. The Battle
12. Stranded Again
13. The Curse
14. The Trojan Horse
15. The Curse is Lifted
16. End Credits
Side #2 -- Special Features
1. Play All
1. Intro [:39]
2. The Actors [3:13]
3. Locations [4:42]
4. Production Design [4:48]
5. The Ships [4:18]
6. Costumes and Make-Up [5:06]
7. Stunts and Swords [6:29]
8. Visual Effects [6:18]
9. The Premiere [2:19]
1. Captain's Quarters: Code of Conduct [:38]
2. Captain's Quarters: Rank and Privilage [1:31]
3. Captain's Quarters: How Piracy Began [:15]
4. Captain's Quarters: Black Bart Roberts [1:39]
5. Captain's Quarters: Blackbeard [:15]
6. Captain's Quarters: John Paul Jones [1:29]
7. Captain's Quarters: Capt. Kidd [:12]
8. Captain's Quarters: Robinson Crusoe [1:52]
9. Captain's Quarters: Sir Francis Drake [:22]
10. Captain's Quarters: Women Pirates [2:58]
11. Captain's Quarters: Chinese Pirates [:13]
12. Captain's Quarters: Edward Lowe [1:00]
13. Captain's Quarters: What They Stole [:15]
14. Captain's Quarters: Buried Treasure [1:54]
15. Captain's Quarters: X Marks the Spot [:15]
16. On Deck: Punishments [1:14]
17. On Deck: Symbols [:16]
18. On Deck: Nature's Wrath [:42]
19. On Deck: Pirate Ships [:15]
20. The Gunnery: Weapons [1:24]
21. The Gunnery: Battles [:15]
22. The Gallery: Daily Life [2:31]
23. The Gallery: Superstitions [:33]
24. The Gallery: Types of Pirates [:00]
1. Meet Will Turner (Full Version [:43]
2. Carriage Ride (Gov. Swann and Elizabeth) [:35]
3. A Change in the Wind (Extended Weather Montage) [:59]
4. Only One Shot (Will Helps Jack Escape From Jail) [:36]
5. Peep Show (Pintel and Ragetti's Eye) [1:53]
6. All is Well (More From the Ride, Jack and Will in Tortuga) [:24]
7. Make It Last (More From the Ride, Tortuga Tavern) [:33]
8. A Bit of a Stick (Will is Wound Too Tight, Tortuga Tavern) [:33]
9. It's Begun ( Jack and Will at the Point) [1:09]
10. The French (Improvisation With Jack and the Pirates) [:44]
11. Not All That Big (A Walk Around the Island) [1:43]
12. No Truth at All (Elizabeth Teaches Jack the Song) [2:08]
13. Accepting the Proposal (Elizabeth and the Commodore: a Conditional Request) [2:07]
14. Peas in a Pod (Elizabeth and Jack in the Graveyard of Ships) [1:04]
15. Take a Walk (Pirates Submerge) [:50]
16. Let Them East Cake (Mallot and Grapple Extended Scene) [:30]
17. The Immortal Captain Jack (Jack Removes His Own Curse: This Scene was Deleted Before any Skeletal Effects had Begun) [1:02]
18. Good Luck (More With Murtogg and Mullroy) [:39]
19. Happy Endings (Commodore Norrington Addresses Elizabeth) [:53]

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