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This commentary track is only available on the Fox DVD from region 1.
Commentaries on this disc:
Director Richard Clabaugh, visual effects director Andrew Hofman and visual effects artist Kevin Little
Rating:8.5/10 (2 votes) [
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Reviewed by pat00139 on March 2nd, 2006
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In the end, this track is probably more interesting, and funnier, than the movie. They talk about the locations and the actors and the effects and what the wanted to do, and what they didnít have the budget to do and what they shot but didnít end up in the movie and other things that they wanted to do and couldnít do. They tease each other a little bit here and there, so thatís a lot of fun to listen to. One thing I just love (and will probably be my new favorite saying), is the term Ďlogistical contortionsí. That movie uses that a lot. The director mentions the numerous shots they shot, and explained a whole lot of stuff, but that they cut out. A lot of those little bits seemed really funny and couldíve been kept in. Mr. Claybaugh also mentions that ĎTremorsí was probably the archetype for this movie (although that one was better than this one). They also mention that they had an 18-day shooting schedule once or twice (or more). A lot of the talking about the Ďlogical contortionsí, of course, led to what was supposed to be done, which seems a lot better than what ended up on screen. Some of the errors they talk about are editing errors and they could have been easily fixed. I donít think the director had a lot of say in what went on in the making of the flick. In the end, I learned to dislike Phillip Roth more than I used to. I blame the crap that heís associated with on him, not on anybody else now! Now that Iím through being stubborn, Iíll say that this is a really fun track. The 3 guys joke a lot and make fun of themselves and enjoy themselves very much. Itís worth listening to more than the movie.
Reviewed by frankasu03 on August 3rd, 2016
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The above review is "spot-on." Much of the blame is laid at the exec-producers' feet, one Mr. Roth. Richard Clabaugh has an obvious affection for the genre, but it is clear he was excluded from the final edit. What is refreshing, and is largely absent from current commentaries, is the simmering resentment expressed by the VFX team, namely Mr. Little here. Tongue is firmly in cheek in most of his sarcastic remarks, but there is an obvious disappointment with a majority of the snake's CG "look." The restrictions that come from filming at a State park like Malibu Ranch are reiterated time and again. Apparently, you can't even bring in your own "dirt," for fear of contaminating the native fauna. All in all, this is a quality group commentary; fun stories about the cast are told, like Wil Wheaton's choice in hair color, and a surprise cameo by PMOY Jenny McCarthy, who made a certain teenager's year by filming a scene in his bedroom. 8/10
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