Pirates of the Caribbean 1&2 (US BD) in May

Buena Vista Home Entertainment have announced the US Blu-ray Disc releases of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest on 22nd May 2007 priced at $34.99 SRP each. Both films are released as two-disc sets, comprising of one 50GB Dual-Layer disc for the main feature and exclusive Blu-ray extras, and one 25GB Single-Layer disc which hosts the original DVD bonus content for each film. A first on Blu-ray Disc and present on both films is a computer animated host – the Jolly Roger – who has been created to guide you through the Blu-ray experience.

Additional exclusive Blu-ray content comes in the form of interactive features created for each of the films. Scoundrels of the Sea: Piecing Together the Treasured Past of Pirates is an interactive in-movie feature on The Curse of the Black Pearl which allows you to build your own custom documentary feature about the lore of or real life pirates from pop-up factoids that you “bank” until ready for viewing. From a selection of 33 different segments you can piece together your own customized feature that can be viewed at the end of the movie or anytime during.

On Dead Man’s Chest you will find an interactive game, Liar’s Dice, which allows you to go face-to-face with a group of pirates in a dice game that has been built with randomization utilising artificial intelligence. As part of the experience you will also see specially shot footage featuring original characters from the film.

These BE-Java interactive features were developed and produced by Disney and programmed by Panasonic Hollywood laboratory. A key technology provider for BD-Java, Panasonic also handled the films’ AVC video compression direct from digital intermediates as well as the menu authoring for Disc 1 of the Blu-ray 2-disc sets.

Individual disc specs follow…

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Disc 1 (50GB)

  • Feature Film Presentation:
    • 1080P 2.35:1 Widescreen (AVC MPEG4)
    • English PCM 5.1 48kHz, 24-bit uncompressed sound
    • English, French and Spanish DD5.1 Surround
    • English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles
  • Feature Audio Commentary with Johnny Depp and Director Gore Verbinski
  • Feature Audio Commentary with Producer Jerry Bruckhemier and Actors Keira Knightley and Jack Davenport
  • Feature Audio Commentary with Screenwriters Stuart Beattie, Ted Elliot, Terry Rossio and Jay Wolpert
  • Scoundrels of the Sea: Piecing Together the Treasured Past of Pirates
  • Hosted Guide by Jolly Roger character (Disc 1 only)

Disc 2 (25GB)
  • An Epic at Sea: The Making of Pirates
    • The Actors, Locations, Production Design, Ships of the Caribbean, Make-up & Wardrobe, The Art of Sword Fighting, Special Effects, The Premiere
  • Diary of a Ship
  • Diary of a Pirate
  • Jerry Bruckhemier: A Producer’s Diary
  • Fly on the Set Feature
    • Town Attack, Tortuga, Blacksmith Shop, The Cave, Jack's Hanging
  • Blooper Reel
  • Below Deck: An Interactive History of Pirates
  • Moonlight Serenade: Scene Progression
  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes
  • Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Colour
  • Image Gallery
  • Easter Eggs
    • Ship-to-Ship Animatic, Japanese Television Commercial, Keith Richards’ comments on Johnny Depp and Pirates, Pirates Cave Construction Timelapse
  • Lost Disc Features
    • Becoming Captain Jack, Becoming Barbossa, Thar She Blows!, The Monkey's Name Is Jack, Pirates Around The World, Spirit Of The Ride, Dead Men Tell No Tales, The History Of The Attraction, Sneak Attack Animatic

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Disc 1 (50GB)
  • Feature Film Presentation:
    • 1080P 2.35:1 Widescreen (AVC MPEG4)
    • English PCM 5.1 48kHz, 24-bit uncompressed sound
    • English, French and Spanish DD5.1 Surround
    • English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles
  • Feature Audio Commentary with Screenwriters Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio
  • Liar’s Dice Game
  • Hosted Guide by Jolly Roger character (Disc 1 only)

Disc 2 (25GB)
  • Charting the Return (Pre-production documentary)
  • According To Plan: The Harrowing and True Story of Dead Man’s Chest
  • Captain Jack: From Head to Toe
  • Mastering the Blade: Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley and Jack Davenport
  • Meet Davy Jones: Anatomy of a Legend
  • Creating the Kraken
  • Dead Men Tell No Tales: Re-Imagineering the Attraction
  • Fly on the Set: The Bone Cage
  • Jerry Bruckheimer: A Producer’s Photo Diary
  • Pirates on Main Street: The Dead Man’s Chest Premiere
  • Easter Eggs
  • Pirates on Location
  • Inside Dead Man’s Chest
  • Pirates From Around the World (Theatrical Trailers)
  • Stills from the Set

Below we have some menu screens from the Pirates of the Caribbean Blu-ray Disc releases, which you can view in full 1080P resolution by clicking on the images...

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

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