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Layer Cake (2004)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Matthew Vaughn and J.J. Connolly (screenwriter and author of source novel, "Layer Cake") Rating:7.2/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on May 29th, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Overall, a quite decent commentary. They do tend to focus more on plot and character motivations than they to production facts in the latter half.

They wanted to give the film a different look and tone than Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, and appreciated the actors that understood the aim of the film. The helicopter shots contributed in giving this film a more distinct feel.

They trimmed and reworked many scenes and defend what some have said is a too complex film, believing that a lower budget film like this can be more intricate than Hollywood films. They do offer an explanation of the hierarchy of who works for whom.

They note how various scenes were difficult because of tight spaces, excess heat, time available to shoot them, as well as the challenge of matching scenes that had to be reshot. They point out some continuity goofs.

Vaughn ribs Connolly about his exhaustive knowledge of the drug world, which Connolly researched by talking to friends of friends.

Whishaw auditioned for a role in which the character was supposed to be much older, but they liked him enough to adapt the role to his age. Craig did not like doing ADR, and Michael Gambon was concerned about succeeding in a purposefully bouncy accent.

Vaughn describes how his color blindness became a pertinent matter for the edits for a few scenes.

They did not expect to afford the Rolling Stones song but the owner of the song (not the Stones) gave them a good price because they liked the film.

Vaughn repeats his surprise a few times that some scenes lasted through to the final cut having resisted pressure to cut them. He notes that the editor made many of the scenes work better.

There are 23 minutes of deleted scenes with commentary by these two. About this batch of scenes, they do not have as much to say, even attesting to that, but they do provide information on their intents for the excised scenes.
Reviewed by grimjack on October 12th, 2021:Find all reviews by grimjack
Cannot say any better than what the review above already did. Vaughn seems to have a tired, or perhaps exhausted, sound as they watch this. Which was odd considering how excited they must have been to see an early film of theirs make it to the screen. A couple of good natured jabs at each other occasionally, but mostly a lot of talk about how well everyone worked together, and pointing out all the stuff that came out better than they thought for how difficult it was.

The deleted scenes commentary have more of a quick explanation of where they fit, why they were cut, and what they missed about them.