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Skyfall (2012)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Sam Mendes Rating:8.8/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Bakersfield on August 31st, 2015:Find all reviews by Bakersfield
Mendes is a fillmaker I really like listening to. On this commentary he is again pretty engaging and covers a lot of ground - from his working relationships with Roger Deakins, the producers and Thomas Newman, through his desire to shoot the movie with a smaller number of cameras, to the stunts, CGI and shooting locations.

Enough time is also spent on the actors (particularly Javier Bardem). Yes, sometimes Mendes simply describes what we're seeing on the screen, but since we're talking about a one-man commentary that's kind of expected.

In the end though, you'll definitely know a lot more about "Skyfall" than you did before listening to the commentary. The track is certainly not a waste of time.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on December 22nd, 2016:Find all reviews by TylerMirage
Definitely the strongest of the two commentaries for this movie. I was a little worried because it was a one-man-show, but my fears were quickly put to rest.

Mendes talks a lot about the themes of the movie like mortality, age, etc., the performance of Javier Bardem, what was shot on location/sets/VFX and points out the little (or blatantly obvious) references to the franchise/Bond's 50th anniversary.
Reviewed by reidca on June 22nd, 2018:Find all reviews by reidca
This is an excellent track and one of the better Bond commentaries - it’s about as good as the Casino Royale track. Mendes barely pauses as he covers lighting, practical effects, John Logan’s writing, the performances particularly Daniel Craig, Judy Dench and Javier Bardem, the production design, the many locations particularly London, note cutting between location and Pinewood sets, last minute changes, debates surrounding the key scenes, balancing the tone, the nostalgic inner child moments, when the theatre training was helpful, graphic design, single takes, steadicam vs locked off vs hand held, Adele, Akira Kurosawa and a number of Ian Fleming discussions. Phew! Did I miss anything? A terrific listen. 8/10
Commentary 2: Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, and production designer Dennis Gassner Rating:5.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by ZachBonnell on July 14th, 2016:Find all reviews by ZachBonnell
It's interesting to hear how much of this movie was shot in studio with digital backgrounds and what not. Although they did actually shoot some pretty cool things on location, like riding motorcycles around the Grand Bazaar and filming in the National Portrait Gallery in London. Many shots in Shanghai were filmed in studio. People were wondering where that awesome looking Macau Casino and that nice blue pool on top of a hotel in Shanghai was, it was all made for the movie.

Anyways, if you want to know these kinds of things it's a good commentary. They seem very appreciative of working together and with Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on December 22nd, 2016:Find all reviews by TylerMirage
Unfortunately, this is a far cry from Mendes' track. This is the kind of track you play in the background while you fold laundry or exercise, and only emphasizes how *looks around nervously* dry and dull this movie is. :/

It's not terrible, but it comes off as more of an "ooh, aww" commentary. First problem right off the bat is that they don't introduce themselves. So aside from Barbara Broccoli - who is obviously the only female on the track - the listeners have no idea who these people are or what they even do. I seriously just can't believe that they didn't say their names or positions.

The two producers offer short tidbits of information vs. Mendes' lengthy explanation of scenes, and they even cover many similar anecdotes and information.

Dennis' participation would've been much better with Mendes, since he (Mendes) spent a lot of his time on his track talking about the production design.