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Director Janusz Kaminski
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Reviewed by frankasu03 on September 19th, 2012
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Well, Cinematographer fans, here it is: a commentary by Spielberg's number one guy, Janusz Kaminski. The acclaimed DP got a crack at directing with "Lost Souls," and is joined by HIS DP for this track. The good news, there is loads of technical talk regarding lighting and film processing on the commentary. The bad news is that most all of this information arrives in the last 20 minutes. The majority of which is fielded by Janusz' director of photography. Which is thankful, since he has a better handle on the English language and the accent is not as difficult to cut through. Most of the track involves discussing the religious themes contained in "Souls." This familiar ground is re-tread again and again. It was nice to hear Kaminski's favorite films from the '70s, and he answers why the color red features prominently in the films he shoots. There are some comments regarding the on-screen action, but they come too few to highly recommend the track. If you can trudge through the first 45 minutes or so (or just skip a few chapters), there are some choice anecdotes in the latter half. 7/10
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on June 19th, 2013
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This commentary was a both a bore and chore to sit through. Janusz has a habit of saying "You know." at the end of every sentence, you know. That'll make a nice drinking game. Also, at the beginning, we some strange echoing effect repeated over and over again. Why did they do that? Was there a problem in the sound mixing.
He says that he doesn't believe in the Devil and he wanted Ben Chaplin to keep his American accent.
A dull commentary for a dull movie. Janusz hasn't directed a movie since and is back being a D.P. You should always stick to what you're good at.
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