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Super 8 (2011)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director J.J. Abrams, co-producer Bryan Burk, and director of photography Larry Fong Rating:8.5/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by DirectorBallif on December 12th, 2012:Find all reviews by DirectorBallif
In this commentary track the filmmakers discuss the process of making the film, what it was like working with Stephen Spielberg, and how J.J., Bryan, and Larry came to know one another. Ironically, a few of the crew members went to the same High School and grew up working together on their own super 8 films. Right from the beginning of the track J.J. begins planning a question to e-mail Mr. Spielberg (as he's notorious for not recording commentary tracks), and becomes a running joke throughout the entirety of the recording. The filmmakers discuss what it was like working with a group of young actors and some of what went into directing these youngsters. My only gripe would be that J.J. Abrams tends to pause mid-sentence rather frequently, which can get somewhat annoying if you pay too much attention to it. For me, it wasn't really an issue. Overall, this was an enjoyable and insightful commentary.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on March 4th, 2016:Find all reviews by TylerMirage
This was probably one of the more entertaining commentaries I've listened to. Early on in the commentary, J.J. asks Bryan and Larry if he should e-mail Steven Spielberg, as he's known for not recording commentaries. They harken back to this several times during the commentary and makes for a good running joke that helps fill the few moments of dead air. And, of course, they talk about the usual technical aspects of the film. Definitely a worthwhile commentary.