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(2-Disc Limited Edition)
What would you do? What would any of you be willing to do?
Would you brave the weird and haunted shores at world's end to fetch back witty Jack?

The PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN trilogy has to rate as the most decidedly commercial films in actor Johnny Depp’s repertoire, yet they are surprisingly engaging and have not compromised his artistic integrity - as his vivid portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in all three movies will attest. All three PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN movies offer rollicking good supernatural yarns with plenty of swashbuckling, tremendous special effects, romance and a healthy dose of comedy. THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL offered a self-contained tale about ghostly pirates and a cursed treasure. DEAD MAN’S CHEST leveraged the first film’s enormous financial success into a two-part adventure that culminates with PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END ($35).

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END picks up the story in the wake of Captain Jack meeting his untimely demise at the tentacles and maw of the Kraken and Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) falling under the control of Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander), who uses the undead captain of The Flying Dutchman to eradicate pirates and gain complete mastery over the seas. Of course, this leaves Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) to join forces with the resurrected Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) to retrieve Captain Jack from the next world, and to bring together the nine pirate lords in a last ditch effort to defeat Davy Jones and the insidious plans of Cutler Beckett. The cast of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END also features Jack Davenport, Jonathan Pryce, Mackenzie Crook, Lee Arenberg, Kevin McNally, Stellan Skarsgård, Tom Hollander, Naomie Harris, David Schofield, Lauren Maher, Clive Ashborn, Winston Ellis, Christopher Adamson, David Bailie, Jonathan Linsley, Yun-Fat Chow, Dermot Keaney and Keith Richards.

Walt Disney Home Entertainment has made PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END available on DVD in a 2.40:1 wide screen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. For the most part, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END looks pretty darn impressive on DVD. The image usually appears sharp and nicely detailed, but some wide shots do come across as a little bit softer. Colors are generally nicely saturated and completely stable. Flesh tones can be a little exaggerated to make it appear as if some of our pirate characters have been standing out in the sun on the deck of their ships for years. Blacks are completely accurate, while the whites are the wholly stable. Contrast is very smooth and shadow detail is excellent. Film grain is very modest, even in the darker sequences. The elements from which has been transferred appear virtually pristine. Digital compression artifacts are very well contained throughout.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END comes with a suitably rollicking Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack. Since this is a big budget, special effects spectacular, it should come as no surprise that the track has been aggressively mixed, with the outlying channels being well utilized. Sound effects zip around or explode out from all corners of the soundstage. Fidelity is excellent; with the music and sound effects packing a punch. The bass channel is deep and is ground shaking when required. Dialogue is generally clean and easy to understand. A Spanish 5.1 channel track is also encoded onto the DVD, as are English and Spanish subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the supplemental materials, which have been spread across both discs of this set. Disc one features some Bloopers, as well as some Trailers for other Disney titles. Moving on to disc two, one will find the remainder of the supplemental programming. Features include the following: Keith & the Captain: On Set With Johnny And The Rock Legend (interview), Anatomy Of A Scene: The Maelstrom (dissection of action/effect sequence), The Tale Of The Many Jacks (how many Johnnys were created), Deleted Scenes (two, with optional commentary from director Gore Verbinski), The World Of Chow Yun Fat (brief tribute), The Pirate Maestro: The Music Of Hans Zimmer (composer interview/profile), Masters Of Design (five short featurettes on various designers and the elements they were responsible for), Hoist The Colors (song and sequence development) and Inside The Brethren Court (interactive feature on the nine pirate lords).

Although the numerous plot threats can muddy the waters a bit, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END is all the fun that any bloodthirsty cutthroat could want. Disney’s DVD looks and sounds pretty great, plus it offers quite the ill-gotten booty of supplements. Recommended.



Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (2007)



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