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Solaris (2002)


Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Steven Soderbergh and producer James Cameron Rating:7.9/10 (26 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by mharding01 on August 24th, 2006:Find all reviews by mharding01
I was surprised to find the commentary by James Cameron and Steven Soderbergh so engaging. They are really "present" for the viewing/recording. Of course one could wish that some of the actors had taken part. But C & S cover casting, design and most of the relevant areas. I really like SOLARIS as a film and think it is sadly underrated in part because it is among other things a love story for emotional adults. Near the end of the commentary, Cameron says to the listener something to the effect that if you made it this far, he is impressed! It was not only not hard to listen to the end, it was rewarding and a good investment of my anything but abundant free time. I understand (not from the commentary) that the Clooney/Soberbergh creative partnership has ended. Too bad -- SOLARIS is a good example of their combined talents.
Reviewed by musíl65 on April 6th, 2010:Find all reviews by musíl65
Soderberg and Cameron are very good as a team for this commentary. There are a lot of details about the production and the script. Cameron’s point of view is interesting because he is the producer and a director himself. You get information about improvisation of some dialog. A big point is also the lightning and the design.

Sometimes they are talking about the reasons for the box office failure. The film has to been finished very fast. There was no time for test screenings.

A funny thing is also that Stanislaw Lew (writer of Solaris) haven’t seen a single movie since 30 years. His last movies had been 2001 and The Last Tango In Paris.

The commentary is a good one.