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Panic Room (2002)

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NOTE: These commentaries are only available on the "3-Disc Special Edition" of Panic Room. The original Superbit release had no commentaries.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director David Fincher Rating:7.8/10 (21 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by directorscut on September 16th, 2004:Find all reviews by directorscut
This is a very good commentary. Fincher speaks eloquently (and with a fine dry wit) and consistently for the filmís runtime. There is very little dead air. In the track Fincher confronts much of what has been criticised about the film and why he did it. He understands the film isnít very substantial. It is simply good B-movie entertainment and thatís why he made it. He discusses the many logistical challenges the filmís shoot presented. Surprisingly enough despite two entire discs of extras Fincher rarely repeats information found on them. He rather expounds on the many areas such as pre-viz and lenses and deepens our understanding of the advantages the technology gave him. The track is perhaps a bit too tech minded for the casual viewer, but for those interested in the technical details of a film, it should prove to be an absorbing and informative listen.
Reviewed by rickumali on March 20th, 2008:Find all reviews by rickumali
Like the others ahead of commenting on this track, I thought this was a fantastic commentary. In fact, I'd say this is one of the the best tracks I've listened to in quite some time. I didn't read this board ahead of listening to this commentary, so I was blown away that the screenwriter alongside David Koepp was William Goldman. And the moment he starts grilling Koepp on "the spec process", and the casting process, I knew this was going to great two hours in front of a DVD. Goldman and Koepp are clearly from different generations, but both have a great rapport, and both seem certainly admiring of each other's work (Koepp also wrote "Spider Man", and Goldman is an Oscar winning screenwriter, the man who wrote "The Princess Bride", "Marathon Man", and "All the President's Men."). This is a special track on a special DVD set, and highly worth the price of admission.
Reviewed by badge on May 16th, 2012:Find all reviews by badge
Now this is what commentaries were originally conceived for: an intelligent, informative discussion of the movie at hand (and not what they have now become: a bunch of actors sitting at a microphone congratulating each other). Goldman gets positively forensic with Koepp about the structure and concept of the film. He digs deeper than most commentators would by throwing intriguing "what if" scenarios and alternatives to the screenplay and casting (which would ultimately affect the script itself) with he and Koepp both bouncing ideas off each other. If you're interested in hearing two accomplished screenwriters analysing the writing process, you can't do much better than this. 10/10.
Reviewed by sedna on September 6th, 2012:Find all reviews by sedna
Just finished the commentary and rushed here to post my thoughts while they are fresh. For the record, the above two reviews are incorrectly posted under the solo David Fincher track. Now. If 'directorscut' review hasn't already convinced you to check it out, I hope reading another positive one does the job. I've listened to all of Fincher's commentaries, and the man clearly LOVES doing them. He is undoubtedly keeping 'film students' in mind during all of them. This is perhaps his most technical commentary yet, and rightly so, as this was perhaps his most technical film. If you're a student of film, whether it be through film school, home school, or just a complete film aficionado and love to know things about the given film - do not miss this. It is a must listen. If you're like me, and your "film school" is through commentaries - file this one under the "film school commentary" folder. You get a nice insight into every single actor that makes appearance in the film; from the realtor, to the cop. How the film was pre-vis'd, and where pre-vis wasn't useful and why. To the technical problems, why he chose to do this film and his previous ones, the level of excitement one feels from day 1 of shooting to day 10 on set, 3-perf discussions, philosophizing the directing job, why he likes the film, etc etc. He covers just about anything and everything which is what a GREAT commentary should do. He does a great job going along with the film and discussing these things, whether he's being scene-specific, or going off onto a much deeper discussion, while still pertaining to the given scene or actor. And yes, there's very little dead-air in between. Finch makes sure he packs it all, giving you a well rounded commentary on a variety of things, most of it is technical, but he sprinkles it with quite a bit of discussions on the philosophy of directing and filmmaking in general, which is always informative and insightful for anyone who wants to understand filmmaking beyond just watching films and seeing how they are done.
Commentary 2: Screenwriter David Koepp and special guest William Goldman Rating:8.0/10 (22 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on December 18th, 2004:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
I found this commentary much more entertaining than the normally great David Fincher. William Goldman and Co are very chatty on this track. Its highly recommended
Reviewed by satiricarl on January 23rd, 2007:Find all reviews by satiricarl
This track (feauting William Goldman) is one of the best commentaries ever recorded if you are wannabe screenwriter, Goldman is one of the most informative commentators I've ever heard. Really great track.
Reviewed by ode on October 8th, 2011:Find all reviews by ode
This track was not as good as I hoped it would be. Goldman seems a little cranky and it mainly consists of him questioning David Koepp, who isn't that enthusiastic.

There are some interesting tidbits, such as how you should write scripts with dead stars in mind. Because you will likely not get the actors you want if they make your movie.

It's probably worth it if you are a fan of the movie as am curious about Goldman's insights.
Reviewed by badge on May 16th, 2012:Find all reviews by badge
Now this is what commentaries were originally conceived for: an intelligent, informative discussion of the movie at hand (and not what they have now become: a bunch of actors sitting at a microphone congratulating each other). Goldman gets positively forensic with Koepp about the structure and concept of the film. He digs deeper than most commentators would by throwing intriguing "what if" scenarios and alternatives to the screenplay and casting (which would ultimately affect the script itself) with he and Koepp both bouncing ideas off each other. If you're interested in hearing two accomplished screenwriters analysing the writing process, you can't do much better than this. 10/10.
Commentary 3: Actors Jodie Foster, Forest Whitaker and Dwight Yoakam Rating:7.4/10 (16 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review