SOURCE: Buena Vista Home Entertainment

September 19, 2006 05:00 ET

Captain Jack's Back in the Action-Packed, Record-Shattering High-Seas Thrill Ride of the Year!

"Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" Includes Hours of Captivating Bonus Booty on a Double-Disc DVD

Disney's Biggest Box-Office Champ of All Time Takes Over Disney DVD Dec. 5!

BURBANK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 19, 2006 -- Today, everyone's a pirate as the world celebrates International "Talk Like a Pirate Day," and to kick off the rabble rousing, Disney Home Entertainment announces the highly anticipated DVD release of "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." The action-packed worldwide film sensation will make its Disney DVD debut on December 5th. Starring Johnny Depp as that mischievous, heroic rogue Captain Jack Sparrow, this epic adventure has taken audiences by storm. The film's Theatrical opening weekend was the biggest in U.S. box-office history, and the high-seas Hollywood tidal wave continues with a worldwide box-office gross of over a billion dollars to date, making it Disney's most successful movie of all time.

"Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" will be released as both a deluxe 2-disc Special Edition DVD set and as a single-disc DVD. The single-disc DVD features screenwriter audio commentary and the hilarious, never-before-seen "Bloopers Of The Caribbean." The Special Edition features limited availability holographic packaging and includes all single disc features, plus a treasure-chest of bonus booty: a behind-the-scenes documentary; a Captain Jack featurette; a sword-fighting featurette; "Creating The Kraken" on the film's stunning sea beast; "Fly On The Set" -- an on-location view of filming; a featurette on the legend of Davy Jones; bonus program on the newly "re-Imagineered" Pirates of the Caribbean resort attraction; star-studded, red-carpet Hollywood premiere footage; producer Jerry Bruckheimer's personal on-set photo diary, and more. Much of the bonus material is exclusive to this DVD release.

To launch the "Talk Like A Pirate Day" festivities, Disney Home Entertainment is unleashing "Dead Man's Mail" (www.deadmansmail.com), an interactive site and emailable interface hosted by a rogue talking skull with a penchant for dressing up. Tips on the site for speaking like a true Pirate of the Caribbean are guaranteed to get tongues wagging. To send your own customized animated pirate email and put a touch of high seas swagger in your speech, visit www.deadmansmail.com.

Single disc: U.S. $29.99 (SRP), Canada $36.99 (SRP). 2-disc Special Edition: U.S. $34.99 (SRP), Canada $41.99 (SRP), from Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

BONUS FEATURES

Single Disc Version:

--  Feature Film Presentation
--  Audio Commentary with Writers Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio
--  Bloopers Of The Caribbean
    
Collector's Edition:
    Disc 1
    
--  Feature Film Presentation
--  Audio Commentary with Writers Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio
--  Bloopers Of The Caribbean
    
    Disc 2
    
--  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, Jack Davenport
--  Meet Davy Jones: Anatomy Of A Legend
--  Creating The Kraken
--  Dead Men Tell New Tales: Re-Imagineering The Attraction
--  Jerry Bruckheimer: A Producer's Photo Diary
--  Fly On The Set: The Bone Cage
--  Pirates on Main Street: The Dead Man's Chest Premiere
    
Johnny Depp ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Finding Neverland") is reunited with favorite cast members from the original "Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl," as well as a boatload of new, unforgettable characters. Orlando Bloom ("Lord Of The Rings Trilogy") returns as Will Turner, joined by the beautiful Keira Knightley ("Pride & Prejudice") as the feisty Elizabeth Swann. Jack Davenport reprises Norrington, Jonathan Pryce ("The New World") is back as Governor Swann, and the hysterical pirate duo of Pintel (Lee Arenberg) and Ragetti (Kevin McNally, TV's "Life On Mars") return for more trouble. Newcomers to the adventure include Bill Nighy ("Shaun Of The Dead") as the eerie Davy Jones, Stellan Skarsgård ("Dogville") as the washed up sailor Bootstrap Bill, and Naomie Harris ("Miami Vice") as the mysterious sorceress Tia Dalma.

"Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" is the epic sequel to the blockbuster "Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl." Johnny Depp earned an Academy® Award nomination for his role as the rogue pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Best Actor Nominee, 2005), and he's back for more incredible adventure. "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" is a grand, swashbuckling, high-octane joy ride filled with rousing action, devilish pirate humor, monstrous sea creatures and more. In the first "Pirates" film Captain Jack saved the day, but now he finds he has a debt to pay: he made a bargain for his soul with Davy Jones himself, the ghostly, fearsome ruler of the ocean depths. It looks like a one-way trip to Davy Jones's locker, but the crafty Captain Jack won't go down without a fight. Dashing Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and beautiful Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) once again get caught up in Jack's adventures across the Seven Seas. Escaping hostile natives on an exotic island and fighting the mighty Kraken are just some of the thrilling escapades Jack faces, because nothing will stop him from finding the fabled Dead Man's Chest and winning his freedom.

Written by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio. Characters created by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Stuart Beattie and Jay Wolpert. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer ("Pearl Harbor," "Armageddon," TV's "CSI" series, and many, many more). Directed by Gore Verbinski.

STREET DATE:             December 5, 2006
Direct prebook:          September 26, 2006
Distributor prebook:     October 10, 2006

Suggested retail price:
Single Disc Version:             U.S. $29.99    Canada $36.99
Two-Disc Collector's Edition:    U.S. $34.99    Canada $41.99

Rated:    U.S. PG-13 For Intense Sequences Of Adventure Violence, Including
          Frightening Images
          Canada: PG-13
          Bonus features not rated or subtitled, and subject to change.
Feature run time:   Approximately 150 minutes
Aspect ratio:       Widescreen (2:35:1) formatted for 16x9 TV screens.
Sound:              Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Languages:          English, French, Spanish audio.
                    Spanish and French subtitles.
                    Close captioned for the hearing impaired.
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