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Dark City (1998)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Alex Proyas, writers Lem Dobbs and David Goyer, director of photography Dariusz Wolski and production designer Patrick Tatopoulos Rating:6.7/10 (15 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by pat00139 on February 28th, 2006:Find all reviews by pat00139
Roger Ebert is also in this track, but acts as a moderator, telling you whoís talking. These were all recorded separately and edited together. Mr. Proyas, in the start, doesnít explain the spirals because he says he doesnít want to sound pretentious. Thanks, dude. The first thing he says about the main characters is repeated from what Mr. Ebert says in his commentary, so right then you have some overlap. Everybody goes into what the symbols and movie means for them, which makes it quite separate from Mr. Ebertís ideas. Mr. Ebertís track sort of talks about the movie from the inside out, talking about the movie from an outsiderís perspective (duh), but this on is more outside in, with the makers personally identifying with the movie, telling you what they did and how everything turned out. Thersís talk about Ď1984í and dreams and making the movie and personal beliefs and other things youíd expect. Each guy talks about their own jobs, while complementing the work of others. These guys are interesting enough, but I still prefer Mr. Ebertís track.
Commentary 2: Film critic Roger Ebert Rating:8.0/10 (26 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by pat00139 on February 28th, 2006:Find all reviews by pat00139
Wow, is all I can say. This is Mr. Ebertís first track, as I recall, and itís a doozy. Itís a shame he doesnít do more tracks because in every commentary Iíve heard, he makes the movie feel complete. Whether I like the movie or not, he makes me appreciate everything about it. This should be a good starting point for this track. He explains everything: the characters, the actors, the style, the editing, the symbolism, the story, the details and everything else you want to know. He talks about film noir and how it relates to the movie. He gives his opinions on this movie and backs them up very intelligently. This track is more insightful than the other track, and it reveals all the movieís secrets (even some production stories!). If you like the movie and havenít heard this track, itís a crime, and if you donít like the movie, youíll surely appreciate it after this track.
Reviewed by criterion_hunter on March 27th, 2008:Find all reviews by criterion_hunter
Reviewed by Dang on May 15th, 2008:Find all reviews by Dang
Mostly a good track. The other reviews already described what's good about it, so I won't waste your time with that. But a significant flaw is Ebert's habit of pointing out and describing things for no good reason. So the naked hooker says "shoot" instead of "shit." Thanks Roger, my mind is blown. Also, I know he's a film critic and not a lecturer, but he's not an interesting speaker.

Worth a listen, but it's not the perfect commentary that Ebert's worshippers want you to believe it is.
Reviewed by clovenhoof on November 16th, 2008:Find all reviews by clovenhoof
Very disappointing. I'm a huge Ebert fan, but this put me to sleep. But then again, so did the movie, the first time I tried to watch it....
Reviewed by demtation on April 5th, 2009:Find all reviews by demtation
Ebert's commentary is exceptional, and quite broad, discussing where this film pay homage to film history. This was enlightening to me as a younger film enthusiast, so those who find Ebert boring must be a lot more knowledgeable than I. But regardless, Ebert has an infectious enthusiasm for Dark City, and as a supposed film expert, I choose to listen to him.
Reviewed by Akayz on September 11th, 2012:Find all reviews by Akayz
Makes me so saddened that he's unable to do any more due to his condition. Such an intriguing commentary by a critic who I've learned a lot from. Even though I don't worship his thoughts, I see where he is coming from. I skipped the director's commentary for this. And it's one of the best.
Reviewed by sedna on June 28th, 2013:Find all reviews by sedna
This is a solid commentary from Ebert. Everyone must listen to this, just to hear what a well-versed cinema critic he is.
Reviewed by grimjack on July 12th, 2021:Find all reviews by grimjack
I wish Ebert got to do dozens more tracks. This was his first, and he got the gig because he praised the film upon release far more than other critics. But this enthusiasm is felt only a few times during the track. Mostly he sounds a bit scholarly, which is fine, talking about and analyzing what we are watching, more than telling us why he loved it.

But like a good scholarly track, this is full of information, and the type of analysis we only normally get from a classic film where the makers are all dead, and it has been analyzed by numerous film experts. Here, Ebert got to talk in depth with the director, so we get traces of how he felt that the director did not necessarily mean to do, what worked and did not work, and things like that.

It definitely will make you appreciate the film even more.
Reviewed by musŪl65 on November 18th, 2021:Find all reviews by musŪl65
This track is fantastic. Ebert talks as a critic. Ebert talks about the things that make this movie so special. Topics are the way of storytelling, the script, the visuals, the acting, the lighting and the references to film noir and to silent films from Germany. He compares the movie to the usual Hollywood film. His points about the history of film noir is also very interesting.

There are no gaps. Don’t miss this track. 10 out of 10.