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Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End
Two-Disc Special Edition
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 127 (Jan 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Stellan Skarsgard, Bill Nighy, Chow Yun-Fat, Geoffrey Rush, Jack Davenport, Kevin R. McNally, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander,Jonathan Pryce & Keith Richards

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features on Disc One include up-front previews, which are unfortunately forced; a blooper reel (five minutes); and additional previews. Special features on Disc Two include the following featurettes: Anatomy Of A Scene: The Maelstrom (20 minutes), Keith & The Captain: On Set with Johnny And The Rock Legend (five minutes), The Tale Of Many Jacks (five minutes), The World Of Chow Yun-Fat (four minutes), The Pirate Maestro: The Music Of Hans Zimmer (ten minutes), Hoist The Colors (four minutes), and Inside The Brethern Court (one minute); two deleted scenes with optional commentary from Director Gore Verbinski; and a collection of five documentaries under Masters Of Design, which are Jim Byrkit: Soa Feng

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Buena Vista Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 40991
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

For intense sequences of action/adventure violence and some frightening images
(Retail Price): $34.99
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 150
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/04/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Gore Verbinski
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Pirates Of The Caribbean, Will Turner (Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Knightley), and Captain Barbossa (Rush) are desperately searching for their lost colleague, Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp), who has been trapped on a sea of sand in Davy Jones

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.38:1 DVD is hampered by low video bit rates, which will often give the picture a soft, digitized appearance. Black levels are inconsistent, occasionally looking deep and inky, and occasionally looking milky and gray. Shadow delineation is well rendered though, giving some dimensionality to the picture. Details are captured well, but are delivered poorly. Colors are saturated nicely, providing some realism for the imagery, but the harshness of the picture is a huge limiting factor. Edge enhancement is minor and generally does not become a distraction. (Danny Richelieu)

Music is mixed very well in the Dolby