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Pirates! Scourge Of The Seven Seas (2011)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: PIRATES! Produced for TLC by Windfall Films, TREASURE HUNTERS 2 Produced for the Discovery Channel by Tandem Filmproduktion
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Discovery - Gaiam
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B004LGGXI2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,447 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Viewed as the most treacherous and cunning characters who ever set sail, pirates like Sir Francis Drake, Captain Kidd, and Blackbeard are in reality more colorful than their legends suggest.


216 MIN (3 episodes- 1 x 120 min, 2 x 60 min PLUS 2 BONUS EPISODES x 30 min)


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Informative May 19, 2011
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Very well done, as expected, coming from the Discovery Channel. Interesting facts about the many pirates and privateers, and the geographical areas they sailed. I learned a lot and will be watching this again to pick up bits and pieces I missed the first time around. Included is a Mythbusters pirate special that was very informative as well, dispelling popular myth surrounding the scourge of the seas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It does indeed cover the world's oceans. February 26, 2012
By B Leuri
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The disc does try to give as accurate a historical portrayal of piracy on the high seas as can be placed together in our seperated times.

Understanding the old pirates is very difficult, as they lived a rather nomadic lifestyle, typically left few possessions and had little need of literacy.

It's accurate and understandable as it portrays pirate ships not as massive galleons, or men of war, but as lighter, faster more nimble craft brimmed full of armed men, or women.

Some of the best sections dealt with who exactly pirates were, what brough men (and women) to this harsh life. For me it was particularly interesting to discover the quirk of law Ann Bonnie used to escape the gallows.

There's a fun bonus section at the end of the DVD featuring much of Discovery's "Mythbusters" where they tackled pirate legends, all I can say on the eyepatch was I'd never have thought of that!

For a couple of dollars, I've no regrets on the purchase - worth that to see the mythbusters people lose a canonball just outside of LA.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hits the important points January 24, 2014
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This is a good description of the real life of pirates, focusing almost exclusively on the Golden Age of Piracy (late 1500s-mid-1700s). It has some fine reconstructions and reenactments as well as original artifacts, discusses most of the major pirates of the Caribbean and North America, and debunks many of the myths about pirates. I had hoped to use it for a middle school history club, but it's too long (2 hours) and has a few words Mom and Dad wouldn't want repeated. Also, for some reason, the quality of the color and photography was uneven. Overall, however, a good introduction.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pirates... April 17, 2013
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Not what I was expecting. Programs are too slow and they should have more information. Price was ok. They could have done better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So, you want to be a pirate, eh? January 10, 2013
By hawkeye
Pirates Edward Fly, Louis Guittar, Edward Low, John Quelch, Charles Vane, and Rachel Ward were all hanged. Mary Read was sent to prison.
Pirare Stede Bonnet wept when he faced the hangman. He never believed piracy on the high seas carried such a penalty,
Likewise the notorious Captain William Kidd. He believed his crimes would be forgiven and he would be sent back home to his wife and two children.
Movies, amusement park attractions, and souvenir shops honor the memory of Blackbeard (Edward Teach). Insanity was reason enough to hang him, but a young naval lieutenant got to him first, shot him, then had him beheaded.

A thousand demons wept and wailed
at the sight of his head on the bowsprit
a more fearsome pirate never sailed
even the Devil knew it.
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