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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely Rating:7.6/10 (7 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by reidca on February 27th, 2015:Find all reviews by reidca
Ok overall this is an excellent commentary. Especially from guys who seem new to this world (both movies and commentaries). Seems to be missing something from pushing it into the very best commentaries but has a nice humour to it and seems to cover everything important from influences to technique. I was especially impressed by Stephen McFeely who comes across as incredibly knowledgable in both screenwriting and comic books, like Joss Whedon, a deadly combination.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on May 18th, 2016:Find all reviews by TylerMirage
Not much else to add that reidca didn't already cover. An overall strong commentary from the directing duo and writing duo. Very little dead air and filled with bits of interesting info.

Definitely recommended.
Reviewed by Scooter_SRF on May 24th, 2016:Find all reviews by Scooter_SRF
One of the best commentaries I've listened to! I would definitely recommend it to fans, aspiring filmmakers and film geeks! 10/10
Reviewed by reidca on November 12th, 2016:Find all reviews by reidca
Not listed on this website but I'll also mention that the Captain America: Civil War has the exact same contributors and is exactly the same in terms of quality. My favorite bit is when they mention that Tom Holland misses a cue at one point in his bedroom scene with Robert Downey Jr so Downey added in an extra line of dialogue to get Holland to move over on the bed! Brilliant. There are the usual kudos to the visual effects team but in this case they point out some brilliantly invisible effects like Black Panthers suit. Like the previous commentary there is something stopping it from being a great commentary. Also, I had trouble differentiating the speakers voices. 8/10
Reviewed by reidca on August 16th, 2018:Find all reviews by reidca
Ok again these are the same commentators but different film, this is for Avengers: Infinity War. A very solid commentary that maybe leans a little too much on story and character over the more technical aspects of how did they do that.
The four of them clearly get along very well (they have done this I think three times now?). My favorite bits include: learning that Kenneth Branagh did the opening voice, the challenge of getting everyone’s power levels right, avoiding taking the easy way out with the fact that Thanos could do anything at anytime with the stones, their inspirations were as random as Taxi (the 70s tv show), No Country For Old Men, Empire Strikes Back and Marathon Man, plus they talk a lot about a lot of removed scenes both at the script and the post production stages. 8/10
Reviewed by grimjack on October 13th, 2018:Find all reviews by grimjack
Agree with reidca (the first review listed here) that the commentary is very good, but just not great. (Yet close.) Perhaps because they seem almost bored and unenthused to have finished and be watching what they most know was possibly the best superhero movie to date. And a pretty successful 70s style espionage film, to boot! They talk about various directions the movie almost went in, why they were glad on the choices they made, and various comic and script references. They spend only a little time complimenting people, and almost always talk about the scenes we are watching.

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Reviewed by grimjack on January 9th, 2020:Find all reviews by grimjack
An addendum to my earlier review, as I ended up hearing the whole commentary again sort of by mistake, and appreciated it even more. While they do not sound highly enthusiastic, actually they are. They know what they have got, and are really excited to bring in the new characters, almost end others, give us themes never seen in a Marvel film before, and are the most excited about knowing they made a great film with great actors. They were especially happy just to have Redford, and then overjoyed to see that he was in it, and to understand that Cap was basically following Redford through his Three Days of the Condor film.

There are really good lessons about why they chose certain beats, sometimes because we expect the movie to, and sometimes because we never would. And there are breakdowns of how lucky they felt to get certain special effects looking so good, as they knew the whole thing would fail if a few key moments looked fake.

Even at the script level, there are a number of good things to learn about doing a thriller or action movie. And how to take established characters, and change them the way you need to by honoring the things that define them. And why they started the film around the lake, rather than the expected initial action scene any lesser film would have done. And why certain lines were written just to explain motivation without stating it.

One interesting point was how Black Widow chose to go to the Mall to log in to the computer, because she is a spy and knew they would be tracked right away, and would need to escape. She knew that they were looking for Captain America, not a pair, so they could hide in the crowd. But had Cap picked the spot, he would have found a place with open ground, no civilians around anywhere, and possibly even tried to avoid Widow from being put in the line of danger. This was when I knew they really understood the characters.

They were even really looking forward to what Joss Whedon was going to do in the next Avengers film, as they had not learned they were going to be given it.