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'Pirates' Drops DVD Anchor Dec. 5

19 Sep, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, the biggest movie of the year, will be released on DVD Dec. 5 in two configurations: a single-disc version ($29.99) and a two-disc collector's edition ($34.99).

Buena Vista Home Entertainment is expected to announce the release Sept. 19 on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, a tongue-in-cheek “holiday” invented in 1995 as a joke by two Americans. The holiday gained fame when Dave Barry promoted it in his syndicated newspaper column.

The sequel to 2003's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl will make its DVD bow accompanied by bloopers and a commentary from writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio.

The collector's edition also comes with 10 featurettes, including a profile on star Johnny Depp, an inside look at the movie's theatrical premiere on Disneyland's Main Street, a photo diary from producer Jerry Bruckheimer, a feature on “re-imagineering” the Disneyland theme park's popular Pirates of the Caribbean attraction into a movie, and an extensive making-of documentary.

Bruckheimer personally worked on the special features, saying he strived “to give the audience something fresh that they never saw [in theaters].”

“We worked with Disney and the director and everyone else,” Bruckheimer said. “We wanted to give people more than they saw in the theater, a little insight into the filmmaking process.”

He singled out the making-of featurette, which he said “takes the viewer through the trials and tribulations of trying to get this picture launched. A documentary filmmaker followed us around during the prep work, and you'll see things that went wrong, as well as the joy of the first day of filming, which is really nice.”

Meanwhile, Bruckheimer said, work on the third installment in the franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, is progressing nicely.

“We shot a lot of Chow Yun Fat's stuff already, and we should finish the principal actors by the beginning of November, so we are quite a ways into it,” he said.The third “Pirates of the Caribbean” film is on track to open over 2007 Memorial Day weekend.

Expect a DVD release, as well as boxed set of all three films, by Christmas of next year. “I can't wait to watch the boxed set,” Bruckheimer said.

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