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This is a humongous book. In one photo below, I've put my number-pad-less keyboard for comparison. The hardcover has a leather type treatment and slightly spongy to make it feel like an ancient book. The paper stock is thick and there are several fold out pages.

This book contains concept art for the 3 movies for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man's Chest and At World's End.

There are sketches, paintings and some storyboards. The focus of the book is on set and character design. The concept paintings have so much detail that will be lost if not printed on a book this size. To zoom in even closer on the paintings, there's where the fold out pages come into play. The portraits for Captain Barbossa and his decomposed skeletal crew are draw at life size!

There are also numerous paintings for the ships, creatures, harbour and the seas.

Fans of Pirates of the Caribbean should find this book very interesting. Character designers too.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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on 28 December 2007
I love this book! It's a large book, with a padded hard cover that looks like black leather. Introduction by director Gore Verbinski and afterword by production designer Rick Heinrichs. This book has art from all three films, showing concept art and character development, and some story boards. The picture quality is astounding from the pencil sketches to the digital art photos in the fold out sections. Stand out pictures are the fold out section of the cursed pirates in the 'curse of the black pearl' section page 38, and the sketches of 'Bootstrap Bill' on page 65 and Keith Richards as Jack's Dad on page 139. Had I spotted this in a shop I would have gladly paid double the money - that's how good the quality of this book is. A truly beautiful book.
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on 16 July 2011
The sheer quality of this book has to be seen to be believed. Beautiful leather simulated hard cover, with an "old world" style feel. The choice of quality stock paper (best I've seen yet for one of the "Art Of" books) Production Artwork is breathtaking in detail. Several of the inner pages fold out to reveal 4 pages across.
If you're a fan of the first three films, you won't be disappointed with this wonderful collection of artist talent. There's also designs included that never made it into the final films. Story boards, initial sketches, vis dev, matte painting, it's got it all! My fav section is the crew of the Flying Dutchman just for the level of detail that went into them and hours of observation that must have gone into studying those ugly sea creatures.
Worth every single penny!
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on 9 March 2008
everything that lizley said and more...every artist will love this book. It has the sao feng map in it with all the fine delicate bits in it.all the sketches for costume and set are there too , they are all truly amazing even if you arent a pirate fan!I spend hours on each page...
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on 5 March 2011
arrived 2 weeks late due to being routed to the wrong country, but i was informed at all stages.. The book is awesome, the artwork is amazng, a must for any pirates fan
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