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Se7en (1995)

NOTE: This commentary is only on the 2-disc Platinum Series release.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director David Fincher and actors Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman Rating:7.9/10 (49 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by space guy on August 10th, 2004:Find all reviews by space guy
n exceptional commentary. All the participants are articulate and knowledgeable. highly recomended.
Reviewed by Thames Ironworks on March 29th, 2009:Find all reviews by Thames Ironworks
David Fincher and Brad Pitt offer an excellent commentary, but Morgan Freeman's seperately recorded track keeps getting crowbarred in and it's so DULL! Fast forward through his bits and you're onto a winner!
Reviewed by Bickle, T. on May 9th, 2009:Find all reviews by Bickle, T.
Completely agree with Thames Ironworks. Although Freeman tells interesting stories, not too many of them seem to deal with the film, and none of them talk about the specific scene we're watching. But it's clear that Pitt and Fincher have fun. They play well off each other.
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on August 21st, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
A wonderful commentary. Unlike the other reviews I thought Morgan Freemans comments were great. Even though he is recorded separately he has as Fincher describes it Ēthe voice of godĒ. There is a calmness and wisdom behind the voice of Freeman and is serves as a lovely brake and as a companion piece to the more energetic dou that is Fincher and Pitt. There are also some moments were Brad is recorded seperately and he too has a great calmness over him. I think he should do more commentaries. But as always it is Fincher who drives this track towards a richly deserved 9/10

P.S. All four of these tracks are very well produced and has somenthing for everybody. Fincher makes an apperance on all four track, but on the last two itís just a cameo. When it comes to Fincher he really knows how to put together a dvd. This two disc set is just magnifincent.
Reviewed by Agressor on June 4th, 2011:Find all reviews by Agressor
Like a few of the reviewers before me I wasn't thrilled by Morgan Freemans commentary, And I had trouble hearing what he was saying, he has a weird kind of staccato rhytm to his voice when he talks.

Fincher & Pitts commentary is better though, they both provide great insights into the making of the film and Fincher offers us some of his philosophies of filmmaking, which is a treat.

It has brilliant highlights but as a whole it's quite average. 6/10
Reviewed by Agressor on June 8th, 2011:Find all reviews by Agressor
I liked this better than the first one. Everyone involved has interesting things to contribute and they all have very different perspectives on the production. And they speak clearly, no mumbling Morgan Freeman here, although I would've preferred if the sound of the movie was completely turned down as it does intrude on commentary track sometimes.
Reviewed by Kgprophet79 on June 21st, 2013:Find all reviews by Kgprophet79
Morgan Freeman's input to this commentary would be appreciated by budding actors. Freeman's power onscreen doesn't just happen. It takes this kind of actor's insight to create such a memorable character. He is letting you know what is behind the look in his eyes when you see him on screen.
Commentary 2: Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker, film editor Richard Francis-Bruce, professor of film studies Richard Dyer, New Line Cinema's president of production Michael DeLuca and director David Fincher Rating:7.6/10 (27 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on August 21st, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
This is also great, but not as good. Thankfully Fincher is included on all four tracks and provides more insight without repeating himself. The only thing I can recall him repeating is when he talks about a test screening where he overheard a woman say; ĒThe people who made this movie should be killedĒ. Cool. 7/10
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on August 21st, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
Anyway, great to hear from the writer as well. Here all people are recorded separately, but in this case I think the track is better for it. The only person I didnít like that much on this track was the intellectual film scholar. Itís so boring and dry to listen to comments like that. Analysing why itís good is for me pretty useless and I certainly donít think I need to be convinced that it is indeed an outstanding film. Good commentary, but rightly track number two on this disc. 7/10
Reviewed by Agressor on June 16th, 2011:Find all reviews by Agressor
I agree that this commentary is less engagin then the previous two. The people talking sure know their stuff but how knowledgeable and enthusiastic they are about their trade it doesn't necessarily translate to an interesting listening experience.

Not that everything is bad with so many people talking for that long of course you get treated to some sweets. It's just to little and to far apart for it to be wholly worthwhile the listen.
Reviewed by sedna on September 13th, 2012:Find all reviews by sedna
When I read that the film scholar guy was annoying, I thought - "how bad can he be?" but upon actually listening to him I do agree, he doesn't really need to be on here. Everyone who watches the film takes away and interprets it themselves. I enjoyed listening to Andrew Kevin Walker, even though, for anyone who has read "Dark Eye: The Films of David Fincher" would know about the history of the film and the inspiration for Se7en, it's still nice hearing him talk. I'd say this is also helpful for writers since AKW delves into some of the writing process and his philosophy about screenwriting.
Commentary 3: Director of photography Darius Khondji, production designer Arthur Max, professor of film studies Richard Dyer, film editor Richard Francis-Bruce, and director David Fincher Rating:7.1/10 (23 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on August 21st, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
There is a decreasing interest factor on these tracks. Number three and four are a little more on the film school side, while the first two are more entertaining (and interesting). We again hear from annoying film scholar guy, but thankfully not as much. The others involved are quite interesting, but itís a notch down from the first two tracks. 6/10
Reviewed by sedna on September 13th, 2012:Find all reviews by sedna
Yeah this is definitely not for the people who don't really care about how they shot the film, or the inspirations behind the look of the film. But it's definitely worth checking out for film students, I believe Khondji and Arthur Max took up most of the time talking about the film, the film editor comes third. Fincher only shows up 2-3 times throughout, though his bits are good. Film scholar guy is just a third wheel, I really didn't care for his analysis of scenes. They didn't wow me, let's just say.
Commentary 4: Sound designer Ren Klyce, composer Howard Shore, professor of film studies Richard Dyer, and director David Fincher Rating:7.3/10 (22 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by cboy on March 29th, 2006:Find all reviews by cboy
Very informative. Excellent
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on August 21st, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
Ok, this is slightly different than the others. Annoying film scholar guy is still with us, and some other new people comment on the sound. But for the duration of the movie all the dialogue of the movie is removed, and we get many long chunks of just hearing the soundtrack, sort of to demonstrate what they are talking about. For film school this is probably very helpful, but for entertainment purposes this track does not hold up. 5/10
Reviewed by Agressor on June 16th, 2011:Find all reviews by Agressor
I actually liked this one better than the 'image' one. As stated the dialogue is muted so you're finally able to listen to the commentary track without hearing the characters talking in the background. Naturally this is the commentary with the least actual talking in it, but I think here, though we get less information, what we get is more interesing and enjoyable to listen to.

And the parts with only the music playing is rather interesting, some might consider it boring, and it is a bit hit and miss, but often you get a completely new appreciation for the music hearing without the dialouge, especially when you've just been told how it was orchestrated and such.

And it's not all about listening to the music, we're told about the necessity of temp tracks for example.
Reviewed by sedna on September 22nd, 2012:Find all reviews by sedna
Once again, this will benefit those who are students of film, just like the image one does. However, just be prepared for gaps of silence - silence, really being either the sound or music / or both - since they've muted ALL dialogue. It's like listening to the score of the film with occasional comments by sound designer and composer on the nuts and bolts of sound design and scoring, respectively. Not bad. I learned a few things