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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Producer Jon Avnet Rating:7.7/10 (7 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on February 17th, 2005:Find all reviews by The Cubist
Avnet kicks things off by talking about the film’s origins — how he met Kerry Conran and so on. He takes us through the filmmaking process in an engaging way that is also very informative. He talks quite eloquently about his role — how he allowed Conran to realize his vision but on a large budget.
Reviewed by Kram Sacul on February 20th, 2005:Find all reviews by Kram Sacul
Just dreadful to listen to. One guy, the producer, talking about the financial difficulties of the production. For 2 hours. While there is a few interesting tidbits to listen for it's just drag. Sorry.
Reviewed by Uniblab on September 14th, 2009:Find all reviews by Uniblab
Another reviewer has written elsewhere on this site that he was realizing that usually producers do the best commentaries because of the multifaceted nature of their function in a movie. I remembered that listening to this commentary. Avnet offers a comprehensive, sincere and humble account of the movie's production since its inception; and considering that, as a director, he is the perpetrator of one mediocre box-office flop after another, it's very satisfying to attest not only his knowledge of movies and the movie business, but also his integrity and resourcefulness as a producer.
By the last third of the movie, he finishes his account of the making of the movie and starts making scene-specific comments that aren't as interesting (I'm not sure I agree with him when he calls "idiots" the critics that excoriated Angelina Jolie's "impeccable" British accent), but they are definitely mitigated by the commentary's merits.
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on April 14th, 2022:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
This is the "better," denser - in terms of information provided - of the two commentaries on the disc. Avnet usually provides a decent track and he does so again here. As stated above, he chronicles how the film came together, the efforts to secure financing but retain creative control for Conran, casting, scrambling to deliver special effects on time, and the trials and tribulations involved in the 6 year journey to make the film. He runs out of anecdotes towards the end, but fills the running time without many gaps.
Commentary 2: Screenwriter/Director Kerry Conran, production designer Kevin Conran, animation director/digital effects supervisor Steve Yamamoto, and visual effects supervisor Darin Hollings Rating:5.4/10 (7 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Kram Sacul on October 31st, 2005:Find all reviews by Kram Sacul
Disappointing. For a film with tons of artistry at work and homages and visual style the participents don't really know what to say most of the time.
Reviewed by Uniblab on September 14th, 2009:Find all reviews by Uniblab
An apathetic, as dull as ditchwater commentary. There are plenty of interesting commentaries from a visual effects point of view, but on this one not even the screenwriter/director is able to rise above the bored and uninspired speakers. By all means, stick with Jon Avnet's commentary and pass this one.
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on April 14th, 2022:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Far from the greatest, but sort of almost worthwhile. They point out what was real and what was blue screen, which was almost everything. Sprinkled throughout are some anecdotes about how the cast reacted to and interacted with the unique - at the time - filming process. Overall, just too many gaps and not nearly enough details about the making of the film.