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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Gore Verbinski and actor Johnny Depp Rating:6.4/10 (19 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Rizor on September 19th, 2004:Find all reviews by Rizor
The two are pretty low key. In fact, they seem to mumble at times and when they take time to credit someone, they only mention them by first name and make no mention of what they did. Still, they do give us some interesting comments.
Reviewed by pat00139 on March 31st, 2006:Find all reviews by pat00139
These two guys talk about what’s happening on screen a lot. They give out some production stories and talk about the crew and praise everybody (too much for my tastes). They’re not as interesting as the people in the second track. They just give out the usual production stuff like shooting schedule (105 days) and effects stuff and other things of that nature. This track is probably nice to listen to once, but after that it doesn’t much have any replay value.
Reviewed by AZtoCA on January 27th, 2008:Find all reviews by AZtoCA
this track is ok
Depp is real nice person
ok info (5 out of 10)
Reviewed by TylerMirage on August 8th, 2016:Find all reviews by TylerMirage
As Rizor above me said, Gore and Johnny are pretty laid back and low key in this commentary. Almost too much so, in fact. This would've been the perfect commentary to add in a third or even fourth contributor just to speed things up and make it a bit more interesting, as Gore and Johnny are just too quiet and reserved to really keep my attention. They both sound like the coolest guys, but have the energy of hippies smoking a doobie.

They provide interesting tidbits here and there, and it's fun to hear Johnny act surprised during the movie, as he wasn't present for the entirety of filming.

Not the best commentary, but not the worst, either.
Commentary 2: Actors Keira Knightly and Jack Davenport Rating:6.3/10 (19 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by meglet on June 6th, 2004:Find all reviews by meglet
Kind of random commentary, and some dead space, but a very amusing dialog between these two actors.
Reviewed by The Cubist on March 3rd, 2006:Find all reviews by The Cubist
Their commentaries are for selected scenes which cuts down on the dead air. The actors’ track is filled with dry, self-deprecating humour but it feels like Knightley is trying too hard to be "on" and comes off as annoying. Bruckheimer’s track is the epitome of business-like but is actually quite engaging because it is so informative.
Reviewed by pat00139 on March 31st, 2006:Find all reviews by pat00139
Lord knows why Miss Davenport and Mr. Davenport didn’t record a full track because they’re a lot better than all the other participants. With self-depricating humour, they actually manage to make you laugh and show that they love and appreciate the film. Their dry humour is really fun to hear and accents are quite charming. They talk about eyebrows and repression and cleavage and other neat things. They talk about how they made the movie and the characters and other movie-related things as well. They keep things really interesting throughout their time here. Mr. Bruckheimer is a lot more sober and, quite frankly, much less interesting. He talks about producer stuff like getting actors and talking to the director. One really funny thing is that they changed a scene because they didn’t have enough money. Not enough money?

Mr. Brukheimer’s less interesting and far more serious. He talks about being a producer and making the movie and other things of that nature. It’s an interview placed over scenes from the movie, and his comments could actually be placed over any scene in the movie – it’s that specific, people. It’s not very memorable and I suggest listening to Mr. Bloom and Miss Knightley again instead of listening to this.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on April 6th, 2015:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
Keira is an idiot and just says "So, here I am and oh! There he is!" "Look at that cleavage!" and just argues with Jack about nonsense things.

Almost as annoying as Milla Jovovich in her commentaries.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on August 8th, 2016:Find all reviews by TylerMirage
This commentary is treated as a single track, based on the description on the DVD case, but it's actually two separate tracks. Both tracks are isolated/scene-specific commentaries, which cuts down on the dead air A LOT, which is nice. If you "play all" scene-specific commentaries, the Knightley/Davenport track runs about 1 hour 30 minutes and the Bruckheimer track runs about 25 minutes (the movie's runtime is 2 hours 23 minutes) (which makes me think that the Bruckheimer "commentary" isn't so much a "commentary" as it is bits and pieces of random interviews that they paired with semi-relevant scenes). So these commentaries are good if you don't want to sit through the entire 143 minute movie SEVERAL TIMES.

The Knightley/Davenport track is, surprisingly, the most fun to listen to. They have a fun report together and because they're not in 100% of the movie, you can get some chuckles out of their reactions and surprises to certain parts of the movie. Yes, Knightley comes off a bit grating and over-the-top, but if you can stomach that, it's an entertaining track.

Bruckheimer's, while short, is filled with the most filmmaking information. It'll either come off as boring or intriguing, depending on your tastes.
Commentary 3: Screenwriters Stuart Beattie, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio and Jay Wolpert Rating:7.8/10 (13 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by angrynerdrock07 on July 15th, 2006:Find all reviews by angrynerdrock07
This track features the four writers of Pirates of the Caribbean, Jay Wolpert, who was the first writer to work on the film, Stuart Beattie who was the second, and Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio who wrote the final drafts. The track is dominated by Ted and Terry, who were recorded together. Ted is very informative, but has the annoying tendency to interrupt Terry quite a bit. Terry eventually gets fed up with this and continues talking even when Ted butts in. Stuart is great at describing the changes made from the early drafts of the script to the final shooting script. Although he is only featured briefly, I found that he had a lot of interesting things to say. Jay Wolpert speaks the least on the track and offers the most superficial information, making his inclusion unnecessary. This is a perfect example of what a writer's commentary should be like. It is a perfect mixture of story and character analysis, explorations of the development process, and glimpses into the production.

Reviewed by TylerMirage on August 8th, 2016:Find all reviews by TylerMirage
This commentary track is easily the most informative of the bunch for the movie. All four contributors provide a lot of insightful tidbits, and this is a perfect commentary for those interested in screenwriting.