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June 24, 2003

Posted by Teresa at 12:26 AM *

Go here. Click on “Watch the Previews”. Select the trailer, not the teaser.

Pirates of the Caribbean. I hope it’s a good movie; that trailer rocks.

#1 ::: Avram ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2003, 02:42 AM:

Looks pretty good. I just used curl to slurp the 27 meg QuickTime version down to my hard drive.

A couple of pirate-related links:

McSweeny's Pirate Riddles for Sophisticates

Paul Ford's What Were They Thinking?

#2 ::: Alan Hamilton ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2003, 03:09 AM:

Too bad Paul Frees is no longer around (links require Windows Media Player). Courtesy of

#3 ::: Stefanie Murray ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2003, 05:05 AM:

Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, all windswept and swashbuckly? I am SO there.

#4 ::: Elric ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2003, 07:59 AM:

Thanks for the pointer. This gives me a good idea as to where I'll be shivering my timbers the weekend of July 9--assuming good theater AC.

Wait a sec, doesn't League of Extraordinary Gentlemen open that weekend also?

#5 ::: Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2003, 08:38 AM:

And of course it'll be rated...


(That didn't come out right.)

#6 ::: Kate Nepveu ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2003, 09:47 AM:

Wow--I haven't seen the trailer yet, but now that you've said that, I'll have to watch it when I go home. Frankly, I thought the concept was dubious and wasn't planning to seek out the trailer at all, but with that endorsement . . . Will report back.

(_League_ could, theoretically, be a decent watch if I could forget that it had any connection with the comic.)

#7 ::: John Farrell ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2003, 10:18 AM:

Damn! I can't stand it when Bruckheimer is this good!! :)

#8 ::: Jon Hansen ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2003, 11:12 AM:

Not that it doesn't look cool, but the sad fact is that almost any Hollywood movie can be edited down into an entertaining three-minute trailer.

Now, if they'd only work harder on making more entertaining two hour movies, I'd be happier.

#9 ::: Keith Kisser ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2003, 11:18 AM:

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen does come out that same weekend but it looks very dubious in comparison to not only Pirates of the Caribean but also the book. What's with Special agent Tom Sawyer?

#10 ::: Josh ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2003, 01:24 PM:

Avram: I really don't get Dave Eggers' fascination with pirates. But I have to admit that his pirate supply store (attached to the space that houses the writing center he set up) is pretty cool.

#11 ::: Chuck ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2003, 02:03 PM:

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me!

And of course it'll be rated... PEEEEH GEEEEEEEHH!

PG-13, actually ... a first for Disney.

#12 ::: Rachel Heslin ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2003, 02:40 PM:

I'm actually trying to avoid watching any previews, since Pirates is one of the few movies I'm actually interested in seeing this summer, and I'm tired of "previews" that hand you the entire plot and all the highlights so that there's no reason to watch the movie itself.

My favorite trailer of the year so far was the one for The Last Samurai. Very cool and atmospheric, and other than a general sense of honor and adventure in Japan, I have no idea what it's about. Works for me.

#13 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2003, 02:54 PM:

Disney should have released this on Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Or paid off some congresspeople to move the event from September 19th to the premiere day of POTC.

Aye, I'm lookin forward to this low-expectations summer popcorn movie. It would have to suck mighty hard indeed to be worse than The Incredible Hulk.

#14 ::: Paul Hoffman ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2003, 08:21 PM:

OK, I'll be the spoilsport here. I saw the preview. Nice. But it has nothing to do with the ride at Disneyworldland. It's a pirate movie with some (not many, from the preview) special effects and lots of action. Why isn't this just called "A New Pirate Movie"? Why the re-use of the ride name?

#15 ::: Jane Yolen ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2003, 02:26 AM:

I'm not home so can't check in my pirate section, but wasn't that the title of a book first, before Disney ever got hold of it?


#16 ::: John M. Ford ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2003, 03:15 AM:

Keith: Tom Sawyer was added because the studio insisted on one of the Gentlemen being an American. There are certainly American Victorian pulp characters who could have been used (I was part of a long discussion thereabout) but few of them would have instant name recognition -- Nick Carter? Frank Reade, Jr.? Similarly, I believe Quatermain was replaced because it was assumed we provinicials wouldn't know who he was. (I don't necessarily object to this -- he seems the one least likely to translate well to a Big Action Blow Zeppelins Up Movie, which looks like what we're going to get.

Just be glad it isn't WATCHMEN.

#17 ::: Jon Hansen ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2003, 09:32 AM:

John, Quatermain's in the movie (that's the Sean Connery character). Big change is he's in charge instead of Mina Harker, who keeps her maiden name but gets to be a vampire (which makes a certain amount of sense: would you want a vampire in charge?). But oh, it's that and a thousand other likely twitches, fudges, and "improvements" that'll make it something barely recognizable from the original. With luck it will still be entertaining.

I am also glad it's not WATCHMEN.

#18 ::: Claude Muncey ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2003, 11:19 AM:

Good trailer - it just might get me to the movies for this one.

Avram, how could you have missed the Pirate Name Generator? (Good taste probably had something to do with it . . .)

#19 ::: Keith ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2003, 12:24 PM:

I admit, I'm glad it's not Watchman (But if done correctly, that would be a spectacular flick, don't you think?) but pandering to focus grops is a sure fire way to gut a good story. But I'm preaching to the choir here. Though, If they were going to add an American, Henry Gordan Pyme would have been a better choice. But I suppose for familiarity's sake Tom sawyer works...

#20 ::: Mary Kay ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2003, 01:41 PM:

I'm kinda glad I suffer from the inability to properly read comics. I have no knowledge whatsoever of the original League so what I've seen in the trailers looks just yummy. Of course, the older Sean Connery always looks that way to me.


#21 ::: Jon Hansen ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2003, 10:07 PM:

This is my parents' position; they're looking forward to it. OTOH, my dad picked up my copy of League Vol. I and read it last weekend, so he may be expecting something different. Oh well...

#22 ::: Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: June 26, 2003, 11:44 AM:

I'm not sure I think the loss incurred in not being able to read comics is offset by not being disappointed in a possibly mediocre adaptation.

Analogies come to mind: never eating homemade chicken so I won't be upset at what McDonald's does to their nuggets. Never seeing Mr. Deeds Goes to Town so I don't mind what Adam Sandler did to it. Mind you, I never rode on the original "Pirates of the Caribbean," so I'll be able to view the movie without expecting my seat to move.

#23 ::: Stef Maruch ::: (view all by) ::: June 30, 2003, 07:11 PM:

I'm glad for previews that hand me the whole plot of the movie and all the best special effects on a platter. That way I don't have to see nearly as many movies. Heck, since they show at least 8 previews with every movie, it's like paying only $1 per movie!

#24 ::: Darkhawk ::: (view all by) ::: July 13, 2003, 03:07 AM:

So, when Kevin and I got out of the movie, first thing I had to do was drop be here and leave you a reassurance.

It's worth it.

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