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Men in Black (1997)

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NOTE: This commentary is on the Limited Edition, Deluxe Edition, and Collector's Edition DVDs, but not on the Superbit DVD release. A different commentary is available on the Men in Black laserdisc.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Barry Sonnenfeld and actor Tommy Lee Jones ("visual" commentary with silhouettes) Rating:7.7/10 (19 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by space guy on August 10th, 2004:Find all reviews by space guy
An exceptional commentary. It's both entertaining and informative. The tele-strator is an inspired idea that should be done more often.
Reviewed by ttodd0450 on September 15th, 2004:Find all reviews by ttodd0450
This commentary was a first where they utilzied the same idea as Mystery Science Theatre 3000, where sillouted theatre fans talkback or shout at the screen. Here Sonnenfeld and Jones are dark shadows that are picking up drink cups off the floor and offering a great insight into the making of the fun type action flick . I thought Tommy Lee was hysterically funny especially when Barry acknowledged Spielberg's name in the opening credits and Jones said. "Who's he?? " ..

Director Sonnenfeld also used crayon lights to draw circles and arrows on the screen to direct our eyes to a feature he is emphasizing to us., just like the color commentarys do on the NFL
Reviewed by Londo Mollari on March 2nd, 2008:Find all reviews by Londo Mollari
Fun, fun, fun commentary to listen to and the telestrator presentation was great! I dont know why this method isn't used more often.
Reviewed by Uniblab on May 12th, 2009:Find all reviews by Uniblab
A waste of time, unlike the very good commentary that Sonnenfeld did for RV, on which he also used the "magic pen" featured on this one. The silhouette stuff may have seemed a novelty back in 2000 or so when the first DVD with the commentary was released, but I couldn't stand more than a couple of minutes of it and switched it to "Audio Only". Both guests seem to be bored and stick with the basic random trivia that's common on mediocre commentaries. Tommy Lee Jones tries very hard to seem cool and funny, and to be fair becomes slightly more interesting after the first half.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on December 20th, 2016:Find all reviews by TylerMirage
The visual MST3K thing is an interesting feature, but not one that's necessary for this kind of commentary, so I just listened to the track with audio only.

I was a little nonplussed at many of Tommy Lee Jones' comments. He was either very naive to the filmmaking process (something I highly doubt) or he was deliberately trying to be funny by playing dumb.

Overall, still an enjoyable commentary. Some of Tommy's questions seem more like prompts for Barry to talk about his movie. And I get a good chuckle out of some of Barry's descriptions of things, because it kind of goes to show how old the movie is, ha ha. He says more obvious things like "This was done with COMPUTER GRAPHICS", "We did this in the computer", etc..

There is also an additional "technical commentary" hidden in the audio set-up menu. It features Director Barry Sonnenfeld, Alien Makeup FX Supervisor Rick Baker, VFX Supervisor/2nd Unit Director Eric Brevig, ILM Digital FX Supervisor John Andrew Berton, Jr. and Animation Supervisor Rob Coleman. At first glance, this commentary track appears to be scene-specific, because when you access it in the menu, it takes you a scene breakdown of the menu, as if it's just going to be short snippets of audio. That's NOT the case. I clicked on the first scene (because there was no 'play all'), and it took me to the 1.5 minute mark of the movie. And from there on out, it's essentially a full commentary. Only a few brief moments of dead air, but considering that my expectation was for it to be a scene-specific commentary, it was far better than I expected. The first 90 seconds of the movie are skipped, and aside from those few brief moments of dead air, the gents (recorded in what I believe are three tracks 1.) Barry, 2.) Rick and 3.) Eric, John and Rob) fill the remaining hour-and-a-half.