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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Commentaries on this disc:
Director Stephen Sommers and producer Bob Ducsay
Rating:8.0/10 (3 votes) [
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Reviewed by OfficialJab on May 23rd, 2011
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Both men are hilarious and come off as having genuinely enjoyed making a GI Joe movie. It's surprising to hear their care for the source material and how much impact fan feedback had on production of the film.
On another note, if you're someone who hates films which have this many visual effects, it may be comforting to hear filmmakers like these, who, even though their movie is full of CGI, they are very down-to-Earth and don't rely on them for everything that you'd expect.
Reviewed by Agressor on October 1st, 2013
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This was a way better commentary then I expected! I'm not a fan of Stehphen Sommers films and that includes this one, so I wasn't really looking forward to listening to this, but the director/producer team of Stephen Sommers and Bob Ducsay quickly wins me over. They have
a fine rapport and complement each other nicely which makes for a nice commentary.
I also learned a lot that kind of made me appreciate the whole project a bit more. I still dont like the film but hearing about the
hurdles the production went through was enlightening and considering the time and money constraints they were suffering through together with the writers-strike, I must say that this movie was quite an accomplishment in it's own way.
Another positive aspect of the commentary is that the duo is not afraid to point out scenes and shots that they are less proud of, Sommers even confessing to which is his least
favourite shot in the film.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on February 18th, 2016
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Ah, Stephen Sommers. This man (or at least his movies) tend to get frowned upon a lot. Regardless of what you think about his movies, there's no denying that his commentaries are top-notch.
What's nice about this commentary is that not only is there more than one filmmaker (solo commentaries risk getting stale because one person has to do all of the speaking), but both filmmakers have multiple titles. When the director/writer/executive producer and producer/editor (who have worked on many films together) team up, there's no shortage of topics to be discussed. Sommers and Duscay have such a great relationship together that the conversation, be it casual or informative, just flows so smoothly.
As others have said, this commentary might make you appreciate the movie a little bit more. The sheer enthusiasm they both have, the information they provide, the good and the bad that they talk about, all of that shows how much work went into this movie.
-Normally on a film of this scale, they'd have 8-9 months of prep. But because of the writer's strike and pending actor's strike, they only had about 3.5 months of prep, during which they couldn't touch the script.
-They filmed for 5-6 weeks in Prague, 1 week in Paris and then the vast majority of the remainder in LA.
-There was a lot of contention and problems with Snake-Eyes' costume. It was one of the studio executives who was absolutely adament that Snake-Eyes not wear a mask, hence why there are A LOT of shots where Snake-Eyes has varying costumes and is hidden in the background of shots/out of focus/kept in the dark.
-There was a rumour spread that the film had tested horribly and that Sommers had been fired. This wasn't true at all. A day before that rumour started, James Cameron (Sommers' neighbour at the time) came over and watched a cut of the movie and he loved it. And *that* information got around, which seemed to calm people down. "People always believe James Cameron".
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