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Director Matt Reeves
Rating:7.1/10 (12 votes) [
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Reviewed by Dang on May 14th, 2008
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Very chatty, with no long stretches of nothing being said. Moments of "oh, I love this scene" or "oh, this actor gives such a great performance" are kept to a minimum. A ton of information is given, but the commentary repeats a lot of information that's also given in the documentaries that are also on the DVD. Worth listening to if you liked the movie enough to buy the DVD, but not worth listening to if you only liked it enough to rent it.
Reviewed by The Cubist on June 17th, 2008
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He starts off talking about the genesis of the project and how he got the gig. He also talks about the casting process and how it was shrouded in secrecy with the actors auditioning with scenes from J.J. Abrams TV shows Felicity and Alias. Reeves says that he resisted the urge to have a lot of obvious edits in favor of long takes or invisible edits in order to mimic a film actually shot by an average person who was there. To that end, he points out that the style of the film was meant to suggest that anyone could have shot it. This is an engaging and informative track with very few lulls.
Reviewed by Agressor on March 28th, 2010
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Very quick-paced and enthusiastic commentary, like noted by the previous reviewers there are few lulls here, Matt Reeves chats idly the entire runningtime through and cover the entire production-period from casting to postproduction.
However, he darts so quickly between subjects, barely catching his breath in-between that ocasionally it felt like he was "droning on" and I did find my mind wandering briefly, but he quickly catches my interest again by introducing some curious production trivia.
In short, the rapidfire-stile chatting in which this commentary is presented is both its strenght and its weakness.
Worth listening to though.
Reviewed by Magneat-o on March 6th, 2015
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Reviewed by TylerMirage on December 9th, 2016
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I'll parrot most of what the above reviewers said - it's a relatively upbeat and quick-paced commentary with a minimum of dead air. And with such a crisp runtime, it's a nice snappy commentary to get done in a short amount of time.
Reviewed by grimjack on February 11th, 2021
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People here seemed to like the commentary far more than I did. I found it surprisingly boring, with almost all of it talking about the production of the film. Which is not completely uninteresting, but not enough is talking about what is on the screen. Reading up on the trivia tells us far more than what is said here. And usually first time directors who get to make such an unusual stand out concept of a film sound more excited talking about their project.
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