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Genre: Action/Fantasy/Adventure
Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Chow Yun Fat, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Jonathan Pryce
Director: Gore Verbinski
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2007




. Feature Film Presentation
. Bloopers of the Caribbean

. Anatomy of a Scene: The Maelstrom
. Keith & the Captain: On Set with Johnny Depp and the Rock Legend
. Tale of the Multiple Jacks
- Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Gore Verbinski
. Hoist the Colors - The Story Behind the Song
. Masters of Design - Creating the Pirates' World
. Inside the Brethren Court
. The Pirate Code: Revealed
. The World of Chow Yun Fat
. The Pirate Maestro: The Music of Hans Zimmer




Languages: English/Thai/Hindi
Subtitles: English/Chinese/Bahasa/Malay/
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Presentation Size: 16x9 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 2 hrs 50 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




Just when he's needed most, Captain Jack Sparrow, that witty and wily charmer of a pirate is trapped on a sea of sand in Davy Jones' Locker. In an increasingly shaky alliance, Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann and Captain Barbossa begin a desperate quest to find and rescue him. Captain Jack's the last of the nine Pirate Lords of the Brethren Court who must come together united in one last stand to preserve the freedom-loving pirates' way of life. From exotic Singapore to World's End and beyond from Shipwreck Island to a titanic battle, this adventure's filled with over-the-edge action, irreverent humour and seafaring myth and magic. Everything has led to this twisting, turning, wild swashbuckling ride in this final chapter of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy.


In the tradition of “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” inherits all the negative aspects of the former aside from some amazing technical achievements ever seen on screen this year.

Based on the ever-popular theme park ride, the first Pirates was a stand-alone, fantasy-action sword-buckling adventure that had audience in awe with the wacky Captain Jack Sparrow and its silly antics. But with the enormous box-office gains, director Gore Verbinski was again commissioned by Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer to do a back-to-back sequel to the original 2003 hit.

I seriously doubt you can follow the plot if you haven’t caught the second instalment. So I got to assume you had caught the prior episode. Even so, it doesn’t help much. If you recall, Sparrow was swallowed by a gigantic “sotong” like monster and it ends with a cliffhanger with a certain character being revived towards the end.

“Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End” is a continuation from there, everything looks bigger, sounds louder and the cast grew as well. Sounds positive enough however the biggest problem lies in the incoherent plot and it gets murkier by the minute. To summarise, all I can remember after 170 minutes of running time is everybody is chasing after everybody. Map? Compass? Davy Jones? Voodoo-witch? The original protagonists, Cpt Jack, Will and Elizabeth becomes nothing more liked prolonged cameos. It comes to a point that nothing matters anymore, just show me the dazzling FX which the ILM wizards have painstakingly conjured.

Not forgetting the elaborate set design, as a matter of fact, the opening scene of colonial times Singapore is quite a gem. The rich score by Hans Zimmer is soothing to the ears and the bunch of merry cast including new additions, Chow Yun-Fat as Captain Sao Feng and the cameo of Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards adds to the eye-candy extravaganza.

For a much touted summer blockbuster and the closing chapter of a much-loved franchise, “Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End” offers plenty of talk and little sword-buckling adventure. One thing follows another pathetically the script no longer engaged the attention of the audience. I can’t wait for the director’s cut, that is if Gore Verbinski decides to stream his pirates’ chapters into a single 3 hours special edition.

Don’t be in a hurry to pop out the disc, stay tuned after the credits, there’s a bittersweet ending awaiting you.


Disc one
consists of the movie itself, upcoming Disney trailers and also Bloopers of the Caribbean which runs an approximate 5 minutes. The director commentary is surprisingly missing. There might be a better version in the pipeline. Blu-ray perhaps. No one can tell. Disc Two is loaded with the following extras:

Keith & the Captain: On set with Johnny Depp and the Rock Legend – Depp has mentioned numerous times that his inspiration for Captain Jack Sparrow comes from the legendary Keith Richards. In this segment, we took a look behind the scenes where Richards is on set shooting his scenes and playing with his onset guitar. Priceless.

Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by director Gore Verbinski – There are only 2 short scenes that were excised from the movie. You can see them in their finished glory right here. Given the excessive running time, it doesn’t make much of a difference whether they are removed or not.

Anatomy of a Scene: The Maelstrom – My favourite segment in disc 2 which runs an approximate 19 minutes. The impressive action and effects-filled sequence in POTC3 is given an extensive coverage, from the cast to the director to the producer and also the effects crew, everyone has their fair share of thoughts and the behind-the-scenes is definitely an eye-opener.

The Tale of Many Jacks - This four minutes feature introduced audience to how the imaginative sequence was shot. Depp was replicated through digital effects and doubles. Too bad it’s his silly imitation of a chicken that left the deepest impression.

The World of Chow Yun Fat – One of Asia’s most prominent actor gets a 4 minutes tribute here. Include interviews from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and fellow cast member Orlando Bloom who finds fat-gor quite a joker.

The Pirate Maestro: The Music of Hans Zimmer – Hans who looked like a shady, ragged pirate is the man behind the excellent score of the series’ last 2 instalments. Listen to his thoughts on how he created his compositions in this 10 minutes long feature.

Hoist the Colours – Hans Zimmer is back yet again talking about how the inspiration of the opening theme, “Hoist the Colours” came from.

Inside the Brethren Court – If you are interested to know more about individual characters’ bios and origins etc, you might love this interactive feature.

Masters of Designs – Five individual features which covered everything from the set designs, costumes, creature design and props. Be enlightened by how the crew did the authentic looking Singapore set and also Sao Feng’s map.


The pirates sure looked unkempt and appearance wise, it’s dirt-filled. But the visual of this DVD is sharp, clean and crisp although some of the night shots are pretty murky. I wonder if it’s intentionally meant to be so. But overall, it’s an above average transfer.

Featuring a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, dialogue, which constitutes a huge portion of the movie, is loud and clear. The bombastic action sequences are mind-blowing to the ears and the rear speakers are pretty active too.


The extreme long running time of “Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End” makes it a drag to sit through. But this 2-disc edition scores high on the special features and the technical aspects of the movie is simply marvelous. A good demo dvd for your home theater system overall.



Review by Linus Tee


Alternative Opinion:

. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Movie Review)

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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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