Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl (Blu-ray)

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From producer Jerry Bruckheimer (PEARL HARBOR) comes PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, the thrilling, high-seas adventure with a mysterious twist. The roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp) idyllic pirate life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), steals his ship the Black Pearl, and later attacks the town of Port Royal, kidnapping the governor's beautiful daughter Elizabeth (Keira Knightley). In a gallant attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl, Elizabeth's childhood friend Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) joins forces with Jack. What Will doesn't know is that a cursed treasure has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as the undead. Rich in suspense-filled adventure, sword-clashing action, mystery, humor, unforgettable characters and never-before-seen special effects, PIRATES is a must-have epic on the grandest scale ever.

Specifications

Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 220318110
UPC 786936815443
UPC 14 00786936815443
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 3069
Keywords
Action
Essential Cinema
Ghosts
High Seas
Islands
Kidnapping
Love
Pirates
Swashbuckler
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Loosely inspired by the time-honored Disney theme-park ride, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL is a swashbuckling high-seas tale directed by Gore Verbinski. When Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), an eccentric rogue, arrives at Port Royal, he barely avoids going down with his ship. Soon enough, he's in the market for a new one, but not before he saves the life of Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), the beautiful daughter of the governor (Jonathan Pryce). This act of bravery sets into motion a sweeping adventure involving Elizabeth's childhood friend, blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom); a mysterious medallion; and a legendary pirate ship, the Black Pearl. The Pearl's mottled Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) wants Elizabeth's doubloon necklace, and when she's kidnapped by the ol' salty dog and his crew, Sparrow and young Will must rescue her and find out the truth behind the ship's curse.^Verbinski's PIRATES is a welcome throwback to Hollywood offerings of yesteryear, filled with rope-swinging heroes, crusty villains, treasure hoards, swift swordplay, and even wittier wordplay. Screenwriters Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott have crafted one of the most clever action-movie scripts in many moons, and this gives the filmmakers and cast (especially Depp) plenty of room to cut loose. Although the skeletal pirates may be a bit frightening for small children, there's lots of humor to temper the scary moments, making PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL a nearly flawless fun film.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "...It's ornate and breathless..." 07/18/2003 p.53-4
New York Times "...An often frenetic, colorful and enchanting comic adventure....The dazzling, high-flying silliness is quite an achievement..." 07/09/2003 p.E5
USA Today "...A big-budget popcorn movie that delivers what moviegoers hunger for: humor, action, thrills and charismatic characters..." 07/09/2003 p.4D
Chicago Sun-Times "...[Depp's] performance is original in every atom..." 07/09/2003 p.55
Variety "...[With] disarming humor, engaging acting and colorful action bursts..." 07/14/2003 p.22-32
Rolling Stone "...Depp swans through this swashbuckler with a scene-stealing gusto unseen since Marlon Brando in MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY..." 08/07/2003 p.78
Box Office "...Depp casts a spell every bit as powerful as any demonic bullion..." 09/01/2003 p.124
Sight and Sound "..The most satisfying of this summer's blockbusters....Lively, humorous and well-cast..." 09/01/2003 p.59-60
Us Weekly "...The swashbuckling smash stars a hysterical Johnny Depp..." 12/15/2003 p.84
Total Film "[Depp's] dippy delivery gives Gore Verbinski's pirate swashbuckler its gleeful sense of salty swish." 07/01/2006 p.128
Directors
Gore Verbinski
Actors
Keira Knightley
Johnny Depp
Geoffrey Rush
Orlando Bloom
Cast & Crew
Keira Knightley - Star
Lee Arenberg - Star
Jack Davenport - Star
Johnny Depp - Star
Zoe Saldana - Star
Geoffrey Rush - Star
Jonathan Pryce - Star
Mackenzie Crook - Star
Orlando Bloom - Star
Terry Rossio - Screenwriter
Penny Rose - Costume Designer
Dariusz Wolski - Director of Photography
Michael Stenson - Executive Producer
Craig Wood - Editor
Jerry Bruckheimer - Producer
Arthur Schmidt - Editor
Ted Elliott - Screenwriter
Stephen E. Rivkin - Editor
Klaus Badelt - Composer
Brian Morris - Production Designer
Chad Oman - Executive Producer
Gore Verbinski - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
UPC 00786936815443
Number of Discs 3
Running Time 143 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
  2.35:1
Awards
Oscar (2004) Johnny Depp, Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (2004) Johnny Depp, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical
MTV Award (2004) Johnny Depp, Winner, Best Male Performance
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review There's a nice little 90-minute B movie trapped inside the 143 minutes of "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," a movie that charms the audience and then outstays its welcome. Although the ending leaves open the possibility of a sequel, the movie feels like it already includes the sequel; maybe that explains the double-barreled title. It's a good thing that Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Depp are on hand to jack up the acting department. Their characters, two world-class goofballs, keep us interested even during entirely pointless swordfights...Capt. Sparrow's behavior is so rococo that other members of the cast actually comment on it. And yet because it is consistent and because you can never catch Depp making fun of the character, it rises to a kind of cockamamie sincerity.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post ...moves easily from sunny 18th-century seafaring adventure to creepy zombie flick and back again.
David Edelstein, Slate [Depp] is no mere actor. He is a role stylist.
David Sheehan, CBS-TV Adventure, rousing fun and excitement on a grand scale.
Jeffrey Anderson, San Francisco Examiner ...stands tall as one of the very best summer movies of all time.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Depp swans through this swashbuckler with a scene-stealing gusto unseen since Marlon Brando in Mutiny on the Bounty.

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