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Richard Platt
104 Pages
Publisher: DK Publishing (April 2007)
ISBN: 9780756626761
Price: S$35.95 (Available in Borders)





You have just watched the third installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise and feel bloated from the information overload. You see many characters, you experience lots of subplots and you are thrown into a whirlpool full of ships, islands and all sorts of other details.

What you need, is this visual guide to the successful movie trilogy.

Written by Richard Platt, who served as a costume consultant on the movies, the author is also an acknowledged authority on pirates. (Now that is an interesting title to have!)

So the picture book goes on to rattle about all facts and figures that are related to the Gore Verbanski-directed movies. There are generously gorgeous pictures of Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley and the whole gangbang. There are useful tidbits about Port Royal, East India Trading Co., as well as minute details about ships like The Black Pearl and The Flying Dutchman.

But for every piece of useful information, there are silly tidbits like how Davy Jones plays his “melancholy music”, how Tia Dalma “beams an inviting smile” at Will Turner and how Jack Sparrow wears a necklace made of human toes when he was trapped on Cannibal Island.

Oh, and Singapore’s “bustling harbor” gets featured in this visual guide too, together with Sao Feng’s junk boat The Empress. If you are a fan of the pirates, and cannot be bothered with academic research and historical accuracies, then this pictorial extravaganza is for you.


With sails as dark as a moonless night, and a hull painted to match, the Black Pearl is every inch a pirate ship. She’s built for action, too: behind the gunports on each side are two rows of deadly cannons. Sailing the Pearl demands teamwork, skill, and strength. The crew works together to stretch the tattered sails tight against the gusty wind. When danger threatens, they’ll fight to the death to defend themselves and their beloved ship.


This summer blockbuster season, this is the visual guide that will provide you with in-depth details to ensure lots of interesting party conversations that begin with “Do you know that…?”  

Review by John Li


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. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

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