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Thirteen Days (2000)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Producer/actor Kevin Costner, director Roger Donaldson, producer Armyan Bernstein, executive producer Michael De Luca, writer David Self, and visual effects supervisor Michael McAlister Rating:8.0/10 (5 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by msz on August 3rd, 2008:Find all reviews by msz
One of the best things a commentary can do is make you appreciate a film more after you've listened to it. Although I already liked "Thirteen days" before, listening to the filmmakers comments made me like it even more afterwards.
Except for Costner, all the participants are recorded together and there is a very amicable atmosphere (Costner is inserted into the commentary only two or three times for a total of about 5 minutes and I didn't miss him at all - in fact his spliced in comments were rather distracting). The group dynamic doesn't pose a problem (as with many other commentaries where several people talk, often at the same time): although I wasn't always able to identify the speaker, the comments were mostly interesting. A lot was said about the drive for authenticity of the period, the characters and the props (e.g. the film cans with the U2 photos in the film were the original ones), although the filmmakers ackknowledge that the movie is a dramatization of events and not a documentary.
It's also interesting to note that the commentary was recorded before the film's actual release (and even premiere), so general praise about certain scenes and the movie as a whole is a lot less prevalent than with many other commentaries of successful movies (where people pat each others back all the time for how great everything was).
A very enjoyable and informative track.
Commentary 2: "Historical commentary" -- John F. Kennedy, Kenneth O'Donnell, Pierre Salinger, Robert McNamara, Sergei Khrushchev, and historians Ernest R. May and Philip D. Zelikow Rating:10.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by space guy on July 23rd, 2004:Find all reviews by space guy
This commentary provided a greater understanding of the issues and people involved and it does so without being too dry or long winded. Highly recommended