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The Sum of All Fears (2002)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Phil Alden Robinson, and Tom Clancy (writer of source novel "The Sum of All Fears") Rating:7.6/10 (12 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Pete on June 17th, 2004:Find all reviews by Pete
I rank this one so low not because of anything especially boring about it--no, I rank it so low because Tom Clancy is such a major league @$$hole on this track. All poor Phil wants to do is talk about the movie but Tom just spends the entire time berating him and acting superior. Sheesh.
Reviewed by ladiorange on August 27th, 2004:Find all reviews by ladiorange
I rank this one so high because Tom Clancy acting like an *ssh*le to Phil was TOTALLY entertaining. Every other scene, homes was dismissing the onscreen action by saying "that's b*llsh*t." I was rolling!

The funniest part was where Tom was all, "Now <i>that's</i> bullshit." and Phil was like, "uh, you told us to do that." And Tom went, "did I?!?!"

This commentary is classic!! Check it out!
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on July 3rd, 2021:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
This is the lesser of the two tracks. It is true that the late Clancy does some cantankerous fact checking but he is mostly complimentary of what Alden Robinson did with the film, even praising the actors and certain scenes. Alden Robinson wins because he notes that he was in rooms of the White House or on jets in which Clancy has never been. This track is just okay, and prone to ever more bouts of silence as it goes one.
Commentary 2: Director Phil Alden Robinson and director of photography John Lindley Rating:6.6/10 (5 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on July 3rd, 2021:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Alden Robinson and Lindley provide an informative commentary, and their amicable working relationship - after 4 films together - shines through. Alden Robinson humbly points out some scenes or shots he would improve if he had a chance to do them again. They talk about shooting in mostly Montreal (and a bit in Death Valley) and the travails of having it double for DC, Israel, Baltimore, etc. They discuss some of the lighting tricks employed and using a skip bleach technique to give the ground zero scenes a distinct look. They often disclose elements of CGI that were added to shots. Alden Robinson reveals some tweaks that were made after audience reactions during preview screenings, and some editing changes to jazz up a few scenes. There are some good anecdotes throughout and a few silent stretches but this track is much more fulfilling than the Clancy one.