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Lost in Space (1998)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Stephen Hopkins and writer Akiva Goldsman Rating:7.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
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Hopkins and Goldsman are recorded separately but edit together well without repeating any information provided by the other, and also ensuring that the commentary pretty much runs from beginning to end (a couple of gaps inevitably leak in). Hopkins talks about the physicality of directing the film and Goldsman talks about the mechanics of writing - where they both intersect is the performances of the actors. It's a functional enough commentary but not so entertaining that you'd want to listen to it more than once. I really would have liked more correlation between the film and the television series (homages, references, inspiration, etc) because that's what will largely be the attraction to fans who are interested enough to listen to this commentary, but largely the film is treated as its own entity. There are some interesting reveals though: former designer Hopkins explains that he avoided straight lines and right angles in the film; Goldsman says that although the film's ending was open to a sequel it was more an imitation of the way each TV show would finish.
Commentary 2: Visual effects supervisor Angus Bickerton, visual effects producer Lauren Ritchie, director of photography Peter Levy, editor Ray Lovejoy, and producer Carla Fry Rating:5.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review