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Matchstick Men (2003)


Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director/producer Ridley Scott, writer Nicolas Griffin, and writer/producer Ted Griffin Rating:8.0/10 (20 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by directorscut on October 3rd, 2004:Find all reviews by directorscut
Much like the film itself, this is a breezy, enjoyable time though not one of Scott’s best. Scott talks much about the characters and how he and the actors developed them. He, as usual, talks about the idea of what it onscreen and the process of getting it to the screen. Scott is an interesting and succinct talker. He lets the listener know about how he makes the film. Why he made a choice. Everything he talks about is relevant and he never trivialises or BSs. The writers (record together, but separately from Ridley), however do have a tendency to trivialise, but still they offer information on the genesis of the project and the process of their adaptation. Overall, an enjoyable listen that I thought went by pretty quick. Always enjoyable and never dull.
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on July 11th, 2011:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
As with all Ridley Scott commentaries it's a joy to listen to. With Scott recorded separately and the writers recorded together, the editing of the two leaves no space on the track wasted.
Most aspects of the films development, filming and even testing are covered. Overall a very informative and entertaining track with enthusiastic participants.
Reviewed by Magneat-o on April 22nd, 2015:Find all reviews by Magneat-o
Good commentary by Scott and also the 'making-of' documentary which is over 30 minutes long, is very interesting as well. It gave really good insight into the mechanics of the film. The film being one of my personal favorites from the 2000's. Everything clicks together and works in this film.
The commentary is by Scott and the screenwriters, the Griffin brothers. All are equally interesting to listen to. Scott doesn't go into detail about the shooting process but does muse enough for you to get a sense of what he thought were the important elements he wanted to bring to the film. I found it especially interesting that shots he wanted for previous movies and didn't use, were remembered and used in later films like this one. If there's a particular place or a shot he likes, he'll use it in another film. It reminds me of his earlier days shooting the old 1 minute chanel No.5 commercials. He's a very visual director and uses the screen as a canvas which he states. What's important is what is visually appealing to the eye. Gladiator and Blade Runner definitely come to mind. The Griffin brothers are great as well and talk about the story elements, casting process and how they got the attention of a major director to shoot this. They have a lot of admiration and high praise for Scott in the commentary. Much like Hitchcock he prepares the film in meticulous detail before shooting day and then does 1-3 takes and moves quickly. The crew unprepared then run to catch up.