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12 Monkeys (1995)

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NOTE: This commentary is not available on the original DTS disc, but is on the original "Collector's Edition" release as well as the May 2005 "Special Edition" release. The end of the commentary was cut off on the original releases (both DVD and laserdisc), but is complete on the May 2005 version.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Terry Gilliam and producer Chuck Roven Rating:8.2/10 (48 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by sdicht on May 28th, 2005:Find all reviews by sdicht
This is an exemplary commentary track. Terry Gilliam dominates the track and he is insightful and funny as always. Producer Charles Rosen provides just enough to trigger stuff Terry would otherwise not comment on and while he doesn't have much to add he is not completely overshadowed by Terry's towering presence either. Topics include about every aspect of the movie, from shooting, effects, story, allusions, etc. Just everything - and not just stuff that was covered in the documentary (The Hamster Factor), and there is not a single moment of silence in this track, the pace is always perfect and the energy never down.
Reviewed by Cinecdoche on May 21st, 2009:Find all reviews by Cinecdoche
I concur with sdicht. Its rare in a commentary track that a director is as willing to admit where he was wrong on a film as Gilliam is. Embracing and parodying his own ego, funny and real. Both men point out details that can easily be missed, moments the actors fought for and how they tried not to make this a "Terry Gilliam" film. Quite enjoyable.
Reviewed by o_o on June 8th, 2012:Find all reviews by o_o
This is very good, enjoyable and interesting commentary. Terry is a joy to listen to.
Reviewed by aronheintz on May 30th, 2015:Find all reviews by aronheintz
One plus one equals three: Terry and "Chuck" are unerring in highlighting aspects of the movie, psychological aspects of staging and the crew, snafus, and the directors choices.
Reviewed by Station51 on January 23rd, 2017:Find all reviews by Station51
Gilliam is very lively on this track. He leads the track throughout though Roven does offer some interesting dialogue too. This is one of those rare commentaries where you learn something while being entertained. As Letterman would call it, it's 'Infotainment'. Which just reminded me of the first time I saw Gilliam on tv. It was on Letterman in the late 80's or early 90's. He came out in a rambunctious almost manic state, sat down so quickly on the chair it sent him rolling backwards off the small interview platform, shocking the audience as well Dave himself who jumped up to help. Maybe it was out of embarrassment but when he sat back down he repeated this manouvre again possibly to make it look like it was done on purpose. I think he tried a third time before Dave stopped him. After that I thought I should keep an eye on this guy, he's kind of crazy. Turns out I was right but also extremely talented.

I kept noticing that like 'Brazil' this movie has a lot of his trademark low shot angles, hyper-realism/surrealism and strange themes, 'monkeying' with reality.

Anyway, this is one of Gilliams better commentaries. He's hit or miss depending on his mood or enthusiasm. Here he's in rare top form. I love bits like this remark " Bruce Willis' nose is hard to disguise and very identifiable. It sort of starts off as a very exciting, great Roman nose and then it goes 'clunk' falls off at the end, can't disguise it. " he also compliments Brad Pitt's research acting as a mental patient and his "manic hands".
Reviewed by Station51 on January 29th, 2017:Find all reviews by Station51
I wanted to add more but there's no editing feature on here, so.

Gilliam makes it very clear that he was borrowing elements from Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' as an added layer. The movie purposefully has scenes from 'Vertigo' interlaced throughout.

Also it's funny that he says he was trying not to make a Gilliam film but surrounded himself with enough people ( eg., cinematographer Roger Pratt ) that DID want to make a Gilliam film so that he made an extremely Gilliam film. Even referring to some of it as Pythonesque.
Reviewed by grimjack on January 9th, 2020:Find all reviews by grimjack
A truly entertaining commentary. Gilliam tells good stories about the making of the film, including research and inspirations. He discusses the parts that really worked for him, and those he wished were better. He says good things about the actors, and points out specific things to watch for with them. (This includes even the minor players.) He is funny and informative. I hope all his commentaries turn out this good.