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Screenwriter/director/producer Mel Gibson and screenwriter/co-producer Farhad Safinia
Rating:7.0/10 (8 votes) [
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Reviewed by juz on August 11th, 2007
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The commentary is good...but a little bit too much of talking about how great everyone, where I would have preferred more details... they go into detail regarding the aspects of creating the story and some of the difficulties they had shooting in real jungle locations. Mel describes his "spiderman" camera shot, which seems to be utilizing two cranes over a waterfall.... and they go into indepth detail regarding set design and costumes, and for good reason as the set design and costumes are out of this world in this movie.
Reviewed by Uniblab on March 29th, 2009
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This is a disappointing one, and I think I agree with juz above. Screenwriter/co-producer Safinia basically does nothing but thow compliments and laugh out loud at Mel Gibson's funny jokes. There is also unmeasured praise for the digital media on which the movie was shot. However, since Gibson is such a great person to listen to, the commentary ends up being not that bad; the moment near the last minute, during the end titles, when Gibson says "Color by DeLuxe" imitating Safinia's accent really craked me up. The stuff about the Spidercam that juz mentioned is really interesting. I could swear the waterfall shot made with it was a CGI composite of two regular crane and helicopter shots; Safinia asks Gibson, and it turns out that it was a single shot and that the Spidercam in like an aerial tramway for the camera.
Reviewed by grimjack on December 23rd, 2019
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Enjoyable to listen to, and is informative about the film and the making of it. The commentary is equal parts explaining the film (and some key points I did not catch watching it), talking about the making of, back stories, and just joking around. Definitely worth listening to.
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