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Cube (1997)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: director Vincenzo Natali, actor David Hewlett, and co-screenwriter Andre Bijelic Rating:7.3/10 (6 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by pat00139 on February 28th, 2006:Find all reviews by pat00139
This is a very well done commentary. All three guys are together and they all seem to be enjoying themselves. They get into the conception of the movie (nice story Ė Natali and Bijelic were living together in a small, tiny apartement, and they felt they couldnít escape from it), the evolution of the script a little (it was originally 6 convicts instead of everyday people), the actors a little, the math, the symbolism (cube has 6 sides, so six characters, and each characterís name is a prison) and the intention they had. They also give out many anectdotes from the set. You get to learn that they had one cube and three walls to shoot the movie. Itís a very good commentary. It makes you laugh and enlightens you about the movie. Mr. Natali also points out some of the errors in the movie, which is kind of funny. The problems encountered on set are also addressed. The budgetary constraints didnít allow the director to have six colours, like he wanted. I was never bored. They talk throughout the movie and thereís never really a slow moment. Once or twice they stop for a few seconds but thatís about it. Very good job by these three.
Reviewed by cph on October 8th, 2006:Find all reviews by cph
With one of the writers, the director (who also came up with original idea of the film & did some of the writing) and one of the actors, this commentary is able to cover the process of writing the screenplay and the production itself. As the movie was on a low budget & small scale, the director is also able to talk a lot about how the movie was paid for, how special effects etc were added.

The discussion of the process of arriving at the script, and the unusual plot devices in the film, is very interesting, as is the talk about how the visual effects were done. The main drawback is that, with so much non-filming stuff to discuss, the discussion is often not in step with what is on screen. And some of the discussion is a bit repetitious.