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The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean Hardcover – June 2, 2007

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Timothy Shaner has designed more than fifty books, includingThe Art of X2: The Making of the Blockbuster Movie;The Da Vinci Code Illustrated Screenplay;Kingdom of Heaven: The Ridley Scott Film and the History Behind the Story;Tim Burton's Corpse Bride: An Invitation to the Wedding;Ali: The Movie and the Man; andCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: A Portrait of Ang Lee's Epic Film. He is the design originator of the Welcome Books "Little Big Book" series, which has 1.5 million copies in print.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423103181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423103189
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1.2 x 14.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just got the book today from Amazon and I can most confidently say it is the best of all the "Art of" books that I own. The raised embossed cover embellished with a large pirate skull is beautiful, as well as the spine, which simulates an antiqued leather book. You won't find any cheap workmanship here- the whole book is littered with fantastic concept art from all 3 films (and the last page gives a hint that the third film may not be the last). Everything printed in this book is colored- except the pencil drawings, which I was able to see a few of these in the Disney Gallery at Disneyland. I had asked them repeatedly when a book would be published featuring the artwork and now I know why they took so long. I love this book, simply put.
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The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean has the best cover of any art book I own- it has a leather feel to it, raised lettering and skull graphic, and holds the pages together perfectly. Needless to say, when I took this huge beast off the shelf at the book store, I knew I was in for a treat. As expected, nearly every piece of art in this book is going to have you staring for minutes. From the early character designs of Jack Sparrow, to what Davy Jones looked like as a human, to the incredibly detailed undead pirates that take up entire pages. People like me who are mostly into character design will benefit the most from this book, but there are tons of gorgeous scenery and ship pieces as well.

I'll let the video speak for itself (despite there being no speaking) so you can see how some drawings literally take up the whole page. That's one reason I love this book so much- some art books have drawings that you'd love to see in a bigger size, but are compressed to fit the standard page sizes. Here, everything's big, if you couldn't tell by the product dimensions listed above already. This is great for 90% of the artwork, and the only reason I'm not giving the book 5 stars. There are a few pictures that are blurry and even a little blocky because of just how much room they take up. The picture of Marcus (the hammerhead shark member of Davy Jones' crew) comes to mind immediately. It takes up two pages and the quality on this image is probably the worst in the book. It looks like what you'd get if you took a small image in an image search, and zoomed in on several times to the point where all the fine detail is lost. Thankfully there aren't many pictures like this, but it sucked seeing an otherwise stunning picture get this treatment.
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Format: Hardcover
If you love the films, and you love film concept art, then this tome is most certainly for you!

The book is large, to say the least, so the repros of the art are given lots of page space. Each of the three films gets about fifty pages apiece, and there's about six gatefold-style pages to boot.

Disney went all out with this one, and in my opinion, is well worth the price.

Stop reading, and go get it!
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I am a big fan of "The Art of..." type books, and they are usually great fun and add to my enjoyment of the movie. "The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean", however, sets a new standard for quality in this type of book. From the faux-leather cover and binding, to the quality of the paper and the standards of the printing and color reproduction, this is the BEST book of its kind I have ever seen. Filled with fantastic art from all three movies, lavishly laid out...two page fold-out spreads; framable quality full page paintings and sketches..this book has it ALL. If you're a fan of the movies; appreciate great Pirate Art; or simply enjoy a lavishly produced movie book--BUY THIS BOOK (or as Capt. Jack would say--"Just go and steal it!")
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By A Customer on September 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm one of the artists featured in the book. I have to say this is one book that I'm proud to have my name attached. Too often "Art of" books smack of kissing up to the producers and above the line folks. This is an "art of" book that doesn't lie. It's just a bunch of art. Period. Thanks to Jon Rogers at Disney for putting this together.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is awesome! It covers each of the 3 films in the Pirates series and contains some of the most beautiful concept art I have ever seen. For $50.00 it's a steal and something that any Pirates fan should have in their collection.
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The art in this book is great and covers all three movies. It's mostly sketches and concept art. Don't expect any explanatory text or behind the scenes discussion, though, it's pretty much just the art.
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Length: 0:36 Mins
This is a humongous book. In one photo below, I've put my number-pad-less keyboard for comparison. The hardcover has a leather type treatment and slightly spongy to make it feel like an ancient book. The paper stock is thick and there are several fold out pages.

This book contains concept art for the 3 movies for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man's Chest and At World's End.

There are sketches, paintings and some storyboards. The focus of the book is on set and character design. The concept paintings have so much detail that will be lost if not printed on a book this size. To zoom in even closer on the paintings, there's where the fold out pages come into play. The portraits for Captain Barbossa and his decomposed skeletal crew are draw at life size!

There are also numerous paintings for the ships, creatures, harbour and the seas.

Fans of Pirates of the Caribbean should find this book very interesting. Character designers too.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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