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Director/screenwriter George Clooney and producer/screenwriter Grant Heslov
Rating:7.9/10 (14 votes) [
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Reviewed by Glenn Hopp on March 18th, 2006
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A good word for this commentary is balanced--the two screenwriters find a very nice balance among funny anecdotes, comments about history and accuracy, budget and shooting information, and the creative elements of writing, acting, and film technique. I tend to enjoy comments about the creative elements most, I guess, and so I liked Clooney's remarks about why he wanted camera moves in one key scene to be all right-to-left rather than left-to-right. He is a realist in that he favors a mostly transparent cinematic style to call attention to the acting and writing, and when he and Grant Heslov point out their favorite moments in various actors' performances, they are the kind of nuances (raised eyebrow, worried glance) that such a realist approach tends to emphasize. A very enjoyable and informative commentary.
Reviewed by The Cubist on April 7th, 2006
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Interspersed between factoids is the two men's dry, self-deprecating humor that makes this relaxed track quite an entertaining listen. Clooney and Heslov mention that they didnít want their film to be preachy or follow the traditional biopic formula. Instead, they wanted to zero in on Murrowís battle against censorship and comment on todayís political situation in the process. These guys clearly did their homework as they speak very knowledgeably about Murrow and the times he lived in. They also are able discuss various filmmaking techniques they employed and what other films and filmmakers that influenced them.
Reviewed by mikl on August 30th, 2006
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Clooney and Heslov are obviously proud of their film and are exited to talk about it. They joke a lot which is ok and makes it easier to get through the commentary, but sometimes it tend to get a bit too much. Other than that it is very interesting and they get around most aspects of it: Casting, visual style, the history of the period, filming anecdotes etc. Very informative.
Reviewed by pat00139 on March 5th, 2007
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Mr. Clooney spends a lot of time talking about what really happened. A huge amount of dialogue was really said, and just about every scene took place in real life. Impressive, but if you look at the movie itís not so surprising. They joke a bit, trying to keep things interesting, but hearing about the real events and the history behind the movie is just fascinating. Little stories, like 20% of the test audience not knowing who Joseph MacCarthy was, are fun to hear about. They also talk about the more technical aspects of shooting, like the cinematography and using archival footage in the shots, and things of that nature. Itís a nice and informative commentary.
Reviewed by Agressor on July 31st, 2007
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This commentary did'nt do much for me, sure Clooney and Heslov seem to enjoy each others company and they keep a jovial tone throughout, but that does'nt necessarily translate into a good commentary. Ofcourse they offer up the occaitional interesting and entertaining tidbit, but it is a meandering road to the finish and they make many irrelevant stops on the way. My suggestion is to just look up the trivia section on IMDB, where you can read up on most of the best stuff mentioned in the commentary in a fraction of the time.
Favourit bit: When Clooney reveals that Luc Besson's (if I heard right)company prepared to pay for the film if the went with anamorphic, but Clooney refused, opting to go for a more classical look.
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