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Breaking Bad: The Complete Third Season (2010)


Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: "No Mas" -- Director/actor Bryan Cranston, director of photography Michael Slovis, editor Skip MacDonald, composer Dave Porter, and actors Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul Rating:9.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on October 12th, 2021:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
With Gilligan absent, Cranston carries the conversation this time. He speaks about wearing dual hats as director and actor in this episode. They note that the actors have grown into their characters at this point and there was little need to discuss motivations and feelings for the scenes.
Commentary 2: "Mas" -- Creator/executive producer Vince Gilligan, writer Moira Walley-Beckett, and actors Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul and Bob Odenkirk Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on October 12th, 2021:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
This is a typically informative track with details about the sets and locations with various anecdotes for each. They allude to some bits that were cut due to pacing or efficiency in storytelling. They recall a practical joke that an actor played on her husband who was also part of the show. They point out the cameo of a contest winner who had won the right to be on the show.
Commentary 3: "Sunset" -- Creator/executive producer Vince Gilligan, writer/director John Shiban, editor Kelley Dixon, music supervisor Thomas Golubić, and actor Dean Norris Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on October 12th, 2021:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Another informative track. Norris provides sort of an interviewer role by asking the others questions about elements of the episode. The participants offer background details on the production design, sets and the source music used in the episode - including a bit on ringtones. They also delve into the writing process and how the stories are shaped. They touch on wardrobe, colors and some of the nuances used in setting up the cousin characters.
Commentary 4: "One Minute" -- Director/co-executive producer Michelle MacLaren, writer Thomas Schnauz, composer Dave Porter, and actors Dean Norris, Luis Moncada and Daniel Moncada Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
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Again without GIlligan, but his presence is felt, as the participants do share some insights about his role and how he affects many aspects of the show, including the use of his condo for shooting. Maclaren and Schnauz felt fortunate that they were selected to direct and write this episode due to its importance in the canon of the series. It was a crucial chapter in the building and congregating of several story arcs. Porter shares his thoughts on the use or not of the musical score for tension or drama. They share some anecdotes on the shooting of certain scenes as a result of a compressed schedule and improvised sets. The Moncada brothers offer just a few words about their portrayal of the cousins.
Commentary 5: "I See You" -- Creator/executive producer Vince Gilligan, writer Gennifer Hutchison, and actors Bryan Cranston, Betsy Brandt and RJ Mitte Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
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This track is not as technical as some of the others. Hutchison speaks to her experience as the writer of her very first script. The actors share their thoughts on the episode and certain scenes, capturing the emotions and motivations necessary, and the risks of eating on camera for the sake of continuity. There is some talk about the ADR dialogue looping process. They also speak a bit about wardrobe and costumes and the prosthetics that Aaron Paul wore for a few episodes.
Commentary 6: "Kafkaesque" -- Creator/executive producer Vince Gilligan, co-writer George Mastras, director Michael Slovis, and actor Betsy Brandt Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
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Slovis was directing the series for the first time and shares his thoughts about the experiences. He notes how he framed and designed certain shots to keep them interesting and dynamic. These were tactics certainly aided by his longtime role as director of photography on the show. They talk about the working relationships between cast and crew and tend to be overly complimentary. They point out how key the reactions of actors are for scenes, and the importance of having capable extras. Brandt speaks about the emotions of her character as portrayed in the episode. She also suggests that the Saul Goodman character should have his own series, albeit in a different context than the subsequent spinoff series. They reveal some cuts that had to be made for the sake of pacing and keeping on schedule.
Commentary 7: "Fly" -- Creator/executive producer Vince Gilligan, co-writer Moira Walley-Beckett, and actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
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This episode was the first directed by Rian Johnson. The participants share their thoughts on working with him, his preparation and dedication. This was a bottle episode, confined to one existing location for the intent of saving money due to the season being over budget. GIlligan has some insights on this aspect. They dissect some of the effects and stunts used in the course of the episode. Cranston and Paul felt fortunate to have a say in the blocking used in some shots. Walley-Beckett talks about working with her co-writer, Sam Catlin, and how they split up writing the acts, and the overall thought process for including certain developments and revelations in the episode.
Commentary 8: "Half Measures" -- Director Adam Bernstein, co-writer Peter Gould, director of photography Michael Slovis, visual effects supervisor Bill Powloski, and actors Bryan Cranston and Jonathan Banks Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
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They focus on story and character beats as much as they on lighting, setups and locations, with some anecdotes from the shoot. They dissect the importance of the performance of actors listening while others are talking. They note how the characters of Hank and Marie who are often relied upon to lighten the mood have been given a darker arc this season.
Commentary 9: "Full Measure" -- Creator/writer/director/executive producer Vince Gilligan and actors Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
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Another track that is not as technical as many of the others, mostly anecdotes from the shoot. This was the first episode GIlligan had directed since the pilot and he remarks on the added difficulty of only having 8 days to shoot each episode. They share some insights about sets, locations, and production design. Gilligan mentions some elements that had to be cut for pacing. Banks offers some thoughts for the unwritten backstory of his character that will later (or earlier...) come to fruition in Better Call Saul.