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Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 79 (Dec 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport, Kevin R. McNally, Zoe Saldana & Jonathan Pryce

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc set includes three audio commentary tracks: one with director Gore Verbinski and actor Johnny Depp, the second with actors Keira Knightley and Jack Davenport with a Jerry Bruckheimer interview, and the last features screenwriters Stuart Beattie, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and Jay Wolpert. There are also up-front ads. Disc Two is a feature-rich treasure chest that begins with the 38-minute chaptered making-of featurette "An Epic At Sea," which includes introductions to the actors; highlights on locations, production design, make-up, the ships, and stunts; a look at the visual effects; and premiere footage. Fly On The Set gives you a glimpse at filming five Pirates Of The Caribbean scenes (Town Attack, Tortuga, Blacksmith Shop, The Cave, and Jacks Hanging). There are three diaries: the four-minute producer

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 31663
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Action/adventure violence
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): DVD-9 x 2
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 143
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/02/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Gore Verbinski
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Yo Ho! Yo Ho! A Pirate

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD exhibits lots of foggy grays, but also fantastic colors that are well balanced and fully saturated. With lush seaside greenery, bold red British uniforms, and fleshtones that appear quite accurate, the color scheme is quite impressive. Viewing in a completely blackened room is recommended (those who have been on the ride at Disneyland know that the darkness of this picture is appropriate). With the exception of some bothersome edge enhancement, this is a standout visual presentation. Pixelization and aliasing problems are minimal. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1 audio presentations (both with uncredited Dolby

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