Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
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This sequel to the original stars Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. This 2-disc Special Edition's bonus features include "Bloopers of the Caribbean" and audio commentaries by writers, along with in-depth explanations of scene and characters,
This two-disc collector's edition of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is packed with over five hours of special features that delve into everything from creating the mythology-inspired Davy Jones and Kraken figures, to working and planning without a completed script, the incredible CGI techniques used in the film, the intense sword training sessions and stunt work, and the unpredictability of filming on location in the Caribbean. The audio commentary by writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio is an interesting and insightful look into the finished film, but perhaps even more revealing is the 25-minute "Charting the Return" preproduction diary in which everyone from producer Jerry Bruckheimer to associate director Peter Kohn and writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio give a sense of the enormity of the project of concurrently writing and filming two sequels to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The overwhelming logistics of planning and casting without a finished script, scouting and preparing remote locations, constructing a new Black Pearl, and functional props like the rolling water wheel, and cutting costs to stay within budget are nothing less than mind-boggling. In the hourlong "According to Plan" feature, director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and a host of others detail the enormity of the project, focusing on the stamina involved in a 200-day shooting schedule and the need for adaptability and flexibility in dealing with everything from behind schedule excavations to the logistics of shooting on moving water and even the natural fury of a full-blown hurricane. Shorter featurettes "Meet Davy Jones: Anatomy of a Legend" and "Creating the Kraken" focus on the mythological creatures in the film and the awesome visual effects and advances in CGI technology that made them possible. "Mastering the Blade" follows Orlando Bloom (Will Turner), Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Swann), and Jack Davenport (Norrington) through some intense sword-fighting training sessions and "Fly on the Set: The Bone Cage" offers a frightening look at what it was like to shoot the bone cage scene of the movie. Other bonus features include bloopers, an interactive tour of Johnny Depp's special makeup effects and wardrobe details, a look at how the 1967 Disney Land Pirates of the Caribbean ride was recently "re-imagineered" to incorporate some of the characters and elements from the new movies, producer Jerry Bruckheimer's photo diary, and a glimpse of the glitzy June 24, 2006 red carpet premiere on Disney Land's main street. --Tami Horiuchi
- Commentary by screenwriters Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio
- Bloopers of the Caribbean
- Charting the Return: A preproduction diary
- According to Plan: hour-long production documentary
- Captain Jack: From Head to Toe
- Mastering the Blade
- Meet Davy Jones: Anatomy of a Legend
- Creating the Kraken
- Dead Men Tell New Tales: Re-Imagineering the Attraction
- Fly on the Set: The Bone Cage
- Jerry Bruckheimer: A Producer's Photo Diary
- Pirates on Main Street: The Dead Man's Chest Premiere
- Easter Eggs
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Davy Jones, captain of the Flying Dutchman, sent me to write this review for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
One of the best Pirates of the Caribbean movies of all time, this film is in my book of definitions fits the term Classic. As a sequel to 2003's the Curse of the Black Pearl, this proves itself to be better than the original. More fun, more humor, more action, a super hardcore sea villain, a tribe full of hungry yet stupid cannibals, a disastrous sea monster, and of course what makes every Pirates film entertaining and awesome are Captain Jack Sparrow's (portrayed by the ever stunning actor Johnny Depp) mischievous and hilarious stunts and antics.
The film's plot revolves around Jack Sparrow on a desperate quest to free himself from the grasp of Davy Jones, ruler of the ocean, by seeking out the Dead Man's Chest. At the same time, Will Turner, played by Orlando Bloom, and Elizabeth Swann, played by Keira Knightley, are arrested and facing the death penalty for helping Sparrow escape in the first film and seek their own means of freedom, eventually clashing with Jack and his problems and all goes chaotic for everybody. From the get go, the film begins at a much faster pace than the first one, obviously since by now we've been introduced to the characters and know where they come from. Like all sequels, that part has been taken care of and now we're moving on with what comes next after all ended well in Curse of the Black Pearl.
The film opens with Will and Elizabeth's wedding being interrupted by the East India Trading Company, who's primary interest is seeking out of course Jack Sparrow, which leads to Sparrow's hilarious introduction escaping that coffin (how he got thrown in prison who knows) and rows back to his beloved Black Pearl, where he learns his debt to ocean ruler Davy Jones is due. Desperate he sails off to a mysterious island inhabited by a tribe of freaky looking but stupid hungry cannibals. That entire sequence I believe is probably one of the most popular moments in the entire franchise. All this goes back to how this film begins at a much faster action filled pace than the original.
The effects for the film are incredible for it's time, a huge step up from the first film's, which didn't look bad at all that being said. Davy Jones as a villain is twisted and devilish by nature and his appearance is outstanding as well as the effects for his cursed sea creature crew members. Despite the fact that they are computer generated, the actors do an amazing job delivering a nightmarish performance. Not to mention the Kraken looks so real too. The effects for the sea and the settings look amazing beyond imagination. It makes it look as though they actually filmed the sea sequences out at open sea and it wasn't all blue screen, wouldn't that be amazing. The action is awesome as expected from the cannibal scene to the duel on Isla Cruces, to the scenes with the Kraken which are downright scary. The humor is awesome too, Jack Sparrow spilling out spices in his armpits in front of the cannibals is hysterical or him running from them on the beach lol!
The Pirates of the Caribbean series is sadly a de-valued series that gets a lot of backlash and hate from others who say it's too silly, over the top, repetitive as the series progresses. While it may be true, it's still awesome. Why does everything have to be taken so seriously with America and film? This obviously wouldn't be a film worthy of the Oscars, although I would nominate it for a lot of things, but it is worthy to be called a legendary movie to a legendary franchise. This is the second best Pirates film right after the fourth one, which is my favorite out of all of them.
The delivery was on time and ready for the whole family to view. One awesome thing about the blu-ray menu for this movie is it has a cool sequence with a living, breathing, talking skull that tells you what destiny lays ahead for you as you prepare to watch the film.
This is the end of my review. Until next time, I will soon be reviewing the third Pirates film At World's End, so stay tooned me hearties!
This film is great, but the last scene leaves you hanging...you will need the 3rd movie right away.
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