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AVP: Alien Vs. Predator (2004)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Paul W.S. Anderson and actors Lance Henriksen and Sanaa Lathan Rating:7.4/10 (9 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by pat00139 on April 1st, 2006:Find all reviews by pat00139
This is a nice, breezy track, with the trio being very relaxed and very talkative. The first interesting thing I learned was that the budget was less than that of ‘Alien 3’ (I’ve read the budget was $45 million versus 50 for ‘Alien 3’). Another interesting budget thing is that, building the sets in LA would have been $20 million, but they built the exact same things in Prague for $2 million. You hear many on-set stories – Miss Lathan really did climb the frozen waterfall, and on the set, with the windchill, the temperature of –80 degrees celcius. They rarely narrate, so that’s good, but sometimes they’re engrossed in the movie and say nothing. They have a lot of jokes to say and the track a very quick listen. It’s never boring and you’ll learn something about the movie for sure. Nice track.
Reviewed by o_o on July 18th, 2012:Find all reviews by o_o
Anderson talks his way through this, the two actors add little, Lance says WOW a lot and sanaa seems a bit disinterested.
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on September 19th, 2012:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
Things I learnt from the AVP commentary - Behind the scenes the Queen puppet punched out it's own teeth when the hydraulic inner tongue malfunctioned. Hilarity ensued on set until the ADI crew tried to find the teeth which were translucent and so couldn't be found on set.
Director Paul Anderson puts on Aliens whenever he is unsure what to watch at home.
Kurt Russell broke his ankle tripping over an ornamental cabbage on the set of Soldier and Paul Anderson released a fake press release claiming it was done performing a big stunt.

Just some of the fascinating trivia to be found on this excellent track.

The participants work well together. Anderson leads but both Lathan and especially Henriksen add invaluable anecdotes and information.

A great fun and at times geeky track that I enjoy returning to.
Commentary 2: Visual effects supervisor John Bruno and visual effects artists Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. Rating:6.0/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on September 19th, 2012:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
A great track for people who want to know more about integrating visual FX and practical FX.
Just as in his Alien 3 commentary - Gillis stats his belief in practical and visual FX working in harmony, rather than visual FX dominating and AVP is a pretty good example of how this can be accomplished. Some of the 2004 visual FX may look a little outdated now, but throughout the film there are places where it's hard to distinguish between visual and practical and this track serves as an excellent guide as to who did what and how. Bruno also points out where visual FX helped out or tidied up the practical FX.

It's a great track, I always find Gillis to be a great speaker. Woodruff is a good bit more sarcastic, but when he has something important to say he makes sure he's heard. Bruno seems comfortable with the two ADI guys and there is a good sense of an excellent working relationship between the two departments.

A superb track. One of my favorite FX commentary tracks to date.