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Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl Special Edition DVD Review

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by AVForums Dec 1, 2003

    Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl Special Edition DVD Review
    SRP: £22.99

    Extras

    As we've already seen that the picture
    and sound quality hasn't disappointed,
    let's get going on the extra features.
    As with so many blockbuster movies,
    Pirates of the Caribbean arrives as a
    two-disc set laden with all kinds of
    goodies. Kicking off with Disc One, the
    first thing you'll notice is that given the
    film's running time, Buena Vista has
    wisely kept most of the extras to the
    second disc, with the exception of the
    audio commentaries. The film offers
    two feature-length commentaries, the
    first by Gore Verbinski and Johnny
    Depp, the second by writers Stuart
    Beattie, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio and
    Jay Wolpert - and both are simply
    fantastic to listen to. While the writers
    provide plenty of fascinating info on
    the making of the movie, it's the
    chance to hear Verbinski and Depp
    riffing about all kinds of things related
    and completely unrelated to the movie
    that most people will go for. Also
    included on the first disc are two
    scene-specific commentaries. In the
    first, Jerry Bruckheimer discusses
    various aspects of the production
    including casting decisions and CGI work, while the second features Keira
    Knightley dominating a track that also
    features occasional input by Jack
    Davenport - boy, can that girl talk!
    Disc Two houses a selection of
    interesting featurettes including a
    better than usual piece on the making
    of the movie. Also offered is an
    interactive Below Deck feature that
    allows you to explore the history of
    pirates, a look at the film's CGI work
    with the Moonlight Scene Progression
    feature, a selection of deleted scenes,
    a blooper reel and more. It's also
    worth pointing out the generous
    selection of DVD-ROM material on
    offer, which includes script-to-screen
    and storyboard-to-screen features, a
    history of the original theme park ride,
    arts galleries, an interactive effects
    studio and weblinks. It looks like
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse
    of The Black Pearl comes up trumps
    in every single department!
    Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl Special Edition Extras

    Verdict

    Packed with lovely booty and with a transfer
    as luxurious as the finest buried treasure,
    this is a DVD to die for.
    Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl Special Edition Verdict

    Picture

    The disc's anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer
    is very impressive. While it does show
    some signs of grain and minor moiré
    effects, the image holds up well with
    saturated colours, deep blacks full of
    fine shadow detail and a sharpness
    that lends the image a rich texture.
    Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl Special Edition Picture

    Sound

    Arriving in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and
    DTS flavours, the audio mix offers
    pretty much everything you have
    come to expect from a modern action
    extravaganza. The front of both mixes
    offers solid frequency response, bass
    and dynamic movement, while the
    rears do a fantastic job with the music
    score, offering ambient noise, and
    adding even more localised audio
    placement in a vivid, lifelike manner.

    The Rundown

    Movie

    9

    Picture Quality

    9

    Sound Quality

    9

    Extras

    8

    Overall

    9

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