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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director/co-screenwriter Wes Anderson and co-screenwriter Noah Baumbach Rating:6.2/10 (8 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on May 10th, 2005:Find all reviews by The Cubist
This track was recorded at the restaurant in New York City where they worked on the screenplay and so you hear the occasional clink of a glass and background noise which adds to the ambiance, I suppose. Anderson talks about working with Bill Murray and how the actor understands what we wants. He also talks about how Murray is able to instantly command a room and affect people. This is an engaging and thoughtful track as the two men touch upon the film’s themes in an unpretentious way.
Reviewed by Elijah Sullivan on May 11th, 2005:Find all reviews by Elijah Sullivan
Baumbach and Anderson come across as a little smug, and they reveal almost no interesting information about the production -- beyond indulging themselves in chatter about their heroes and how blessed their production was. I'm a huge Anderson fan, but this track really brought out his least flattering attributes, and it doesn't help that Baumbach is constantly egging him on. Add to the mix deafening background noise and this is one commentary I have no regrets about turning off halfway through. Sorry, Wes!
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on January 29th, 2013:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
I had to listen to this with speakers plugged into my TV because it's impossible to hear the commentary without them.

Why did they decide to record the commentary in a restaurant? Why?

Also, the people in the background, their private conversations are in this track. That's great.

Beyond that, it's a good commentary once you ignore the background noise. They talk about working with Bill Murray, some shots are influenced by paintings, filming in Italy, how Klaus wanted to be Steve's son figure and doesn't like Ned being the actual son and the set design.

It's a good commentary but guys, don't do it in a restaurant next time. You might as well have recorded it in a nightclub.
Reviewed by Station51 on July 5th, 2016:Find all reviews by Station51
What is with the bleeps every time they mention anyone's name who is cited as being an inspiration to the concept or creation of the film? Or is that just my copy? No one else has mentioned it. It's aggravating. "Hey guys what're you talking about?". "Oh bleep and bleep". O.k, great.
Anyway the commentary is very in depth and interesting even if it comes off as a little 'highbrow' or self-important at times. I can't get past the fact that, at times, I can hear them drinking with the crystal clear sounds of esophageal swallowing in stereo. Ewww.