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.
This book was provided for review by friend and colleague Kelvin Chan, aka rocketraygun on deviantart.com.
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On Amazon.com, the bargain-price version is sometimes available for this book. That's a US$10 reduction from the original price. In this case, Kelvin has bought the bargain-price version. On the front cover I noted a stroke of black marker ink across. On the back cover was a sticker that says "Amazon.com Bargain Book". There are no defects physically on the book. I personally think it's a great deal despite the small misgivings.
If bargain-price is available, the link should appear at the top, near links to other available sellers on Amazon.com.
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