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Director Brett Ratner and screenwriter Thomas Tally
Rating:4.7/10 (15 votes) [
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Reviewed by aph86 on August 1st, 2007
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All this track is Brett Ratner saying how great everybody was to work with, how good of actors they are, and how he doesn’t know way they hired him to direct the movie because he usually directs comedies. He also kept bringing up a movie he directed called "The Family Man" on this track for almost no reason to say he directed it, weird. Do not waste time.
Reviewed by ZachRomero on January 8th, 2009
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I disagree with the first reviewer. This is a frank and candid discussion of how a Hollywood film is produced. It does not glamorize Hollywood (although Ratner does seem to think everyone is great). It is very informative and seems like it could be very helpful for up and coming filmmakers from a technical standpoint.
Reviewed by OfficialJab on May 26th, 2011
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Good, not extraordinary. Brett is much more humble than I expected him to be. The film's dialogue is a bit too loud and makes parts of the commentary difficult to hear. Not a big issue, though.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on January 30th, 2017
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Was pleasantly surprised with this commentary. Yes, Ratner does mention many times how great all of the crew or cast was, which can get annoying at times, but he offsets that with many little details about the production. If you're a fan of the movie or franchise, I recommend it.
Reviewed by grimjack on May 17th, 2021
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Yes, Ratner does seem surprised that he got to make this film, and who was in it. But then again, so are we all. It really is an amazing cast, so looking back it makes sense that he would be amazed, but you would think he would be over that by the time he is recording the commentary.
This is not a dull commentary, with lots of energetic mentions of production, behind the scenes, and a lot of pre-production stories and preparations (which are the least interesting). So it is good, just not that good.
Composer Danny Elfman, with isolated score
Rating:4.3/10 (6 votes) [
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Reviewed by Numes on January 6th, 2007
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Danny Elfman does introduce every music cue in this movie, but he really gives no insight into what went into making hte music. Most all of his comments are something like: "I wanted to keep up the pace here" or "This is Dollarhyde's theme". In the first 2/3's of the movie there is a lot of dialog with no music over it that he continue talking about how he works and really dive into the score making process, but he just talks for 20 seconds or so before each cue. I have listened to enough isolated score commentaries to say that this is the worst isolated score commentary I have listened to.
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