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World Trade Center (2006)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Oliver Stone Rating:7.5/10 (14 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on December 4th, 2006:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
I love Oliver Stone commentaries. The best one ever is JFk i think where he rants and raves about the politics behind the assassination.
This chat track on WTC is more laid back, he doesnt go into his thoughts on conspiracies or really any politics behind the WTC attacks. he does go into details of the writing and directing of the film as well as some background on the scenes that you are watching (whats real, whats been tweaked and why)
Its a very good commentary but it does seem to be a stop start sort of audio commentary with 30 second or more gaps between comments by the man himself.
Still recommended though
Reviewed by Agressor on June 23rd, 2009:Find all reviews by Agressor
Wonderful commentary! Stone has a good talking voice that keeps the interest up during the 2 hours of this commentary track. Aside from his lovely voice Stone is also skilful in structuring the commentary, managing to switch between different topics without disrupting the flow of the audiotrack. Towards the end he sounds rather solemn and gives nice closure to the track as the credits roll.

This is highly recommended commentary track that actually made me appreciate the film more. I'm really looking forward to the other commentary track on the disc.

Favourite bit: All the little bits of backstory that Stone provides, like when he mentions that Nicholas Cage's character had been present during the first bombing in -93, which was why he was aware that the elevator shafts was the strongest structures in the building.
Commentary 2: Real-life survivor Will Jimeno and real-life rescuers Scott Strauss, John Busching and Paddy McGee Rating:8.0/10 (17 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on May 9th, 2007:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
Real-life survivor Will Jimeno and some of the real-life rescuers (Scott Strauss, John Busching and Paddy McGee) take us through there thoughts on the events of the building collapse.
This really was an interesting commentary to listen to which thankfully avoids the political and conspiracy aspects of the whole World Trade Centre events and instead takes us through there personal feelings and memories of that day. These insights give us a better understanding of the film and of the character portrayals we see on screen.

Definately recommended. I preferred this track to the Oliver Stone track
Reviewed by Agressor on June 24th, 2009:Find all reviews by Agressor
Stunning commentary by one survivor and some of the rescuers from 9/11. The producers of this dvd (or whoever is responsible) took the opportunity to provide a really uniqe commentary. It's not often get the chance to hear a commentary that connects with you in an emotional way like this. I was spellbound the entire runningtime, listening to Will Jimeno, who is the main contributer on the track, relaying his feelings on the events that play out onscreen, wheather he's mourning the loss of his friends and colleagues or honoring the rescueworkers and his superior John McLoughlin, who was trapped with him.

Jimeno and the other speakers bring real emotional heft to the story and really, makes this more than a film, it's a document of the human spirit, of the courage, bravery and love that man possesses but shows all to rarely.

Ok, the cheesefactor is way up on this review but the commentary really touched me in a way not many audiotracks can, this really is one of a kind.

Favourit bit: when Jimeno and the others talked about how they used humour to distract from the pain, laughing as they tried to free him from the rubble. Amazing how a small group of people working together can overcome a traumatizing experience like that.
Reviewed by Jay Olie Espy on September 11th, 2011:Find all reviews by Jay Olie Espy
This commentary is very unique because it is an account of a 9/11 survivor and his rescuers. Will Jimeno is the Port Authority officer, portrayed in the film by Michael PeŮa, who is trapped under the rubble with his Sergeant, John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage). Strauss (played by Stephen Dorff), Busching, and McGee are the NYPD Emergency Service Unit who rescued Jimeno and McLoughlin in both the film and real life.

Will Jimeno leads the charge in this commentary. We get that Jimeno and McLoughlin served as advisors on the set. Jimeno starts off doing a play by play of the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001 as it unfolds on the screen. Most of his commentary is filling in the details that you didnít get while watching the film. For example, the fireballs that came out of nowhere were probably ignited jet fuel and they were put out by a draft that McLoughlin felt come in. Amorosoís (Jon Bernthal) sidearm discharged probably because of the heated cement it was on. A notable quote from Jimeno was his counter to people who doubted that a firearm could discharge like that. He said, ďAnd thereís also no explanation as to why Iím alive, so there you go.Ē

Oliver Stone has to compress 24 hours into two hours so Jimeno says that the film is 95% accurate. The 5% inaccuracies have to do with how compact the men really were. The film gives them too much room. Also it was much darker and smokier in rubble. The biggest inaccuracy is William Mapother (TVís Lost) playing Marine Sargent Thomas, who in real life is black. The real Sgt. Thomas, however, said regarding this is that the event was bigger than race.

The last act of the film/commentary is taken over by the rescue team. They describe how much more difficult it was to rescue the men than it seems on film (and in the film, itís really tough) because there was no space for anything. They describe how scared as a rescue team they were for their own lives and how they thought Jimeno and McLoughlin might die at any time.

The commentary provides other interests such as pointing out artwork by a 9/11 victim, that Cage is wearing McLoughlinís actual police shield, and the various cameos made by Jimeno, McLoughlin, their families, and actual 9/11 rescuers.

I feel that this commentary is a historical document. We are fortunate enough to have the technology to record and distribute this. We have to remind ourselves that these survivors are not going to live forever and that our grandchildren can have access to this. Even though the commentary was recorded five years after the event, itís still very fresh in their minds. The commentary alone is worth twice the price of the disc.
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on July 21st, 2015:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
I feel honoured to have heard this commentary, this is a legitimately important historical document.
All involved in the track, especially Will Jimeno - who generally takes the lead here - should be applauded for their honesty and bravery when discussing what they did and how they felt.
For anyone interested in the events of that day, or for anyone who admires the human spirit, this is a truly extraordinary track. Maybe even one of the best tracks I have heard to date.
Highly recommended.