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Beyond the Sea (2004)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Screenwriter/director/actor Kevin Spacey and producer Adam Paterson Rating:6.3/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on April 7th, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
Surprisingly good movie, and surprisingly boring commentary. Kevin spacey obviously has a lot of passion for this project, and put all of it to good use on the screen. But the comments are too far apart and not interesting enough to hold my attention for the duration of the move. 5/10
Reviewed by grimjack on November 13th, 2020:Find all reviews by grimjack
The earlier review is right in that considering how much passion Spacey obviously had for the film, his muted delivery on the track does not match up with the passion he keeps telling us.

Surprisingly only a few moments where he points out interesting acting tidbits, but the few he does are impressive moments, be it they surprised an actor with different lines to make their responses genuine. Or times an actor did something so well off the script that they kept it in.

But most of the film breaks down the technical stuff, and here he does sound amazed by how well Berlin worked for the Bronx in the fifties, Italy in the sixties, and even the local extras looked just right.

You will get various informative things about which characters were a merging of several real life people, and how some parts took place elsewhere or a few years off, but were done that way in order to keep the film concise.

One odd thing is they wait until the end to mention that the day they recorded the commentary, Sandra Dee had died.