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A Beautiful Mind (2002)


Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Ron Howard Rating:7.9/10 (7 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by space guy on August 3rd, 2004:Find all reviews by space guy
An excellent commentary. This track offers up both insight into the story and alot of behind the scenes detail. A great film is made even better.
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on September 4th, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
Ron Howard is a complete professional and a joy to listen to. He touches on most things worth knowing and keeps a light tone throughout the track. He is righfully proud of making this movie. I liked it best when he pointed out that Clint Howard actually is in this movie with a single line made in looping. He also points out his wife who has been in every single movie he has ever made. Very good. 8/10
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on May 23rd, 2022:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Howard delivers an engaging commentary without too many silent gaps. These do increase a bit as the film goes on but he usually resumes speaking without much delay. Along the way, he covers aspects of the field of mathematics, illness, the duality of the film, and the hints, clues, and framing decisions that were involved in carrying out its structure. He talks about working with the actors, their improvisations, the score by James Horner, the Princeton locations, and offers some on-set anecdotes. He recounts some audience reactions and interpretations as part of the screening process. Howard shares some of his interactions with the real life John and Alicia Nash, and notes some elements that were in her book, the biography of John Nash.
Commentary 2: Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman Rating:6.6/10 (5 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on September 4th, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
After the first track this is a little redundant, but he still manages to keep it somewhat interesting. Good, but not that memorable. 6/10
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on May 23rd, 2022:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Goldsman hits on some of the same topics, focusing more heavily - naturally - on the narrative. He reveals how elements were restructured, added, tweaked, or deleted. He points out callbacks and recurring elements. He talks about his collaboration with Howard and the actors. Goldsman does not go silent as frequently as Howard but this commentary is not as comprehensive or holistic.