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The Mask (1994)

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NOTE: Both commentaries are only available on the May 2005 DVD release. The original DVD release only had the Russell solo commentary track.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Chuck Russell Rating:6.5/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by AZtoCA on January 27th, 2008:Find all reviews by AZtoCA
this is a good one
Chuck Russell seems to give some good stuff

8 out of 10
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on March 1st, 2013:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
Chuck talks about working with Jim, the make up for the Mask, making this film with a budget of 18 mill, the effects, working with the dog and how his mother doubled him, the Tex Avery influences, character development and scenes that were cut. One involves a character getting killed.
Commentary 2: Director Chuck Russell, co-chairman of New Line Bob Shaye, screenwriter Mike Werb, executive producer Mike Richardson, producer Bob Engelman, visual effects supervisor Scott Squires, animation supervisor Tom Bertino, and director of photography John Leonetti Rating:5.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on January 31st, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
This was a decent commentary, informative, although as a revolving talking head track, not the best structure. There are moments when the commentary coincides with the action on screen but it seems only accidentally scene specific. The speakers are sometimes introduced by name but not always. I was usually able to discern between voices after a while.
They adapted this film from a very dark and violent comic, but Russell was coming off of The Nightmare on Elm Street 3 and wanted to break away from horror. He sought to flesh the comedic elements in The Mask and wanted to lighten the overall tone which led to casting Jim Carrey. There is much time spent talking about the casting of Cameron Diaz, how they were taking a chance on her as a lead in what would be her very first acting role. Thankfully, the earlier possibilities, Cindy Crawford and Vanessa Williams, did not work out. They speak to the groundbreaking visual effects, which have really carved out a legacy for the film, as the well of the influences of the animation style of Tex Avery, and how they wanted to ground the story in relative logic and follow some mythology. They discuss the marketing of the film, its release and reception and its global success on what was a micro budget.