Login | Register

What Lies Beneath (2000)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Robert Zemeckis, producer Steve Starkey, and director of photography Don Burgess Rating:4.1/10 (10 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by ralphyk on August 14th, 2004:Find all reviews by ralphyk
A complete waste of time. A good commentary should provide information about the making of, insight into the thought process behind the scenes, or just be funny. This is none of those things. Instead, you get 2 hours of "Michelle was so wonderful in this scene. She's such a wonderful actress." or "Harrison was just so generous, so *giving*, such a giving actor".

For such a great movie filled with such visual trickery, I was expecting to find out all sorts of cool behind the scenes stuff. The one time Zemeckis even acknowledges one of his trick shots is during the shot that goes beneath the floorboards and looks up - and all he says is "I'll never tell how I did that one..." - yeah, thanks Rob. Cause you've been FULL of information so far.

Avoid this commentary, it'll just bore you rigid. And I *love* director commentaries normally.
Reviewed by ralphyk on August 14th, 2004:Find all reviews by ralphyk
Note: the above review is from the Region 2 (Europe) DVD release, which just has Robert Zemeckis on the commentary. I haven't heard the R1 commentary with him and the producer and the director of photography. If anyone can add a review of that version, please do.
Reviewed by CodyJarrett on April 17th, 2006:Find all reviews by CodyJarrett
The group commentary is alright. The guys discuss a lot of the thinking that went into creating this underrated movie and they are genuinly passionate about their movie. Nothing earth-shattering going on here, but a decent, solid commentary.
Reviewed by sedna on September 26th, 2013:Find all reviews by sedna
It's at times subdued, but there is a ton of interesting insight into the making of the film. They talk about everything from Hitchcock influences to how the camera angles get progressively lower throughout the film to add tension. It's a blend of technical info and storytelling. Very good.
Reviewed by grimjack on October 16th, 2017:Find all reviews by grimjack
Not terrible, but not that good either. I listened to the commentary with the director and two producers, not the one with just the director that the first reviewer here is complaining about. There is some interesting stuff pointed out, but not a lot. And there is a lot of quiet moments in the commentary. Read the IMDB trivia and watch the 10 minute making of on the DVD, and you'll get just about all the same information.