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Director Frank Darabont and production assitant Debbie
Rating:7.2/10 (8 votes) [
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Reviewed by frankasu03 on April 11th, 2008
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Once again, Frank delivers a great commentary to enhance his film.
I specifically purchased the special editions for both Shawshank and the Green Mile just for his commentaries.
He discloses in this talk how much time and effort goes into preparation for his commentaries. It took him 9 months to finish the Green Mile talk. This one...only 4 days. Amazing, huh?
Great insights into making a horror/sci-fi film on a low budget for aspiring filmmakers, as well as praise for name stars and overlooked "local" actors who contributed to the Mist.
There are some great stories involving other name directors and how a certain "gritty" TV show inspired the look of the film.
Juicy morsels of film tips, tricks, and homage shout-outs....and no dead air.
Reviewed by The Cubist on June 17th, 2008
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He spends the bulk of the track pointing out how he cut costs on this modestly budgeted film and gives credit to the crew members who helped him make it, in particular, the effects people. Darabont goes into the nuts and bolts of filmmaking but the highlight is his explanation/justification of the film’s controversial ending. As always, he delivers thoughtful observations and imparts loads of information.
Reviewed by Bickle, T. on July 20th, 2009
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Darabont, always a great speaker, delivers another wildly informative track. He’s great at pointing out interesting facts as well as how his crew tackled a tight budget. Interesting fact: in the end of this track Darabont says it "only" took him a week to record the track. I never knew they took that long.
Reviewed by Agressor on January 12th, 2010
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Darabont is a reliable commentator who rarely stops to breathe, which is thankful on a relatively long film like this (although it's the shortest one he's ever done). Also, unusually, when he's talking about the FX he manages to keep it interesting which is a feet considering how many times you (or I, at least)have heard that on previous commentaries. In fact there are many such instances here, where Darabont touches on aspects of the filmmaking that could, and should, be dull to hear about, that he actually makes interesting. I think it's something about his voice that makes the difference, it is very compelling and the way he talks makes it clear that he has a great passion for film, which makes listening to him a joy.
Reviewed by sedna on December 5th, 2013
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You can always count on Darabont for providing an insightful track without a great deal of lulls. Since so much of The Mist is effects driven, thats what you get - but outside of it Darabont talks about how this is the most different thing he's ever done. The common theme throughout the track is how he approached this film in a very spontaneous manner. Everything from the loose style of camerawork to throwing out storyboards during a crucial 10 minute sequence of the attack inside the supermarket. A lot of interesting behind the scenes tidbits that make the overall experience of watching and listening to the track both informative and entertaining. If you haven't listened to this or Darabont's commentaries in general, I definitely recommend it.
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