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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Brad Silberling Rating:6.2/10 (5 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by sirgawayn on December 17th, 2006:Find all reviews by sirgawayn
This is an above-average director's commentary. Silberling talks about how he was impressed with how subversive the books were, and discusses how he selected the various child actors for their roles. He also discusses how the movie was filmed entirely on sets and with CGI; people at the Paramount studio referred to the project as "Lemony Piggy" because the sets took up so much room. He refers frequently to the deleted scenes (especially scenes about Count Olaf's acting troupe), but he had to cut them to make the story flow better.
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on August 25th, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
This is very good. This man is interesting enough to carry the entire length of the movie. He talks about everything from the casting to the sets and does so with confidence and ease. 8/10
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on April 22nd, 2022:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Silberling never disappoints with his commentaries. He provides an in-depth monologue that covers adapting the books, selecting the cast, working with the actors, set design, CGI, production challenges, the score by Thomas Newman, focus groups, and testing the film. By far, the better of the two tracks on this disc.
Commentary 2: Director Brad Silberling and author Daniel Handler (as Lemony Snicket) (see his books) Rating:8.0/10 (10 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by CaptHayfever on July 26th, 2005:Find all reviews by CaptHayfever
Brilliant. Handler spends the entirety of the track in character as his alter-ego Snicket, and Siberling plays along perfectly as the two discuss the various "disasters" incurred while filming, essentially treating the film as a docudrama. It is weird, it is unpredictable, and it is hilarious. Be ready for Handler's utter inability to sing as he breaks out an accordion to drown out some of the onscreen action.
Reviewed by VenomTheEvil on January 12th, 2009:Find all reviews by VenomTheEvil
One of my personal favs a great track and a its fun to listen too. As a fan of the books you get something out of this one. Hell I dont even like this film I only still watch the dvd for this track!
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on August 25th, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
Oh my god how awful! Completely not funny. Pathetic!

Daniel Handler ”plays” Lemony Snicket and pretends through the whole movie that he hopes the director didn’t include scene x, which is always the one coming up, and he pretends to be all shocked that it is included. Equally stupid is the director when he pretends that scene x is the ending of the movie, and acts like he forgot that the movie is actually 1 hour and 20 minutes longer. They do this throughout the movie again and again, and at no point is this funny. Very repetative and just a horrible idea. No points for trying, The director and all other people involved in making this track should have known how completely pointless it was. 1/10
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on April 22nd, 2022:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
"It is what it is" is a worthless and meaningless statement, but... This track exists for the entertainment value and offers that. Silberling and Handler never break "character" as version of themselves who feign surprise and shock at the film as it unfolds. Occasionally, there is some subtle injection of information, such as the identification of a cameo. Listen to this one for its novelty and take it with a series of unfortunate grains of salt.