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Fight Club (1999)

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Commentaries on this DVD:

Commentary 1: Director David Fincher Rating:7.8/10 (34 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Numes on December 29th, 2006:Find all reviews by Numes
Chalk this up for another amazing Fincher commentary. He talks completely nonchalant, but gives you more insight into the making of the movie than many, many other directors. Check out the Se7en commentaries also.
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on February 2nd, 2012:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
Another fantastic commentary track from David Fincher, chuckling his way through his anecdotes you almost feel conspiratorial, which fits with the whole project mayhem vibe of the film. Highlights for me included - Fincher describes working as a projectionist at 16 and knowing a fellow projectionist who collected film splices of Nancy Allen's panties. His discomfort with filming sex scenes, the infamous rubber glove and alternate Marla Singer post sex dialogue.

An excellent Fincher track as always.
Reviewed by sedna on September 22nd, 2012:Find all reviews by sedna
This isn't too bad, but I didn't love this commentary. Fincher's best is Panic Room I believe, there's so much you can learn there - but I have to admit my bias, I love learning about technical aspects so that commentary was great. Fincher is a great speaker though, he touches on backstories, and anecdotes, some film philosophy and theory - which is always nice. The technical aspect of the editing and shooting certain scenes; for instance Narrator's realization towards the third act and the 'jittery flashbacks' to the 'film gate' effect when Durden gives his speech about "you're not your job" - all these bits are great. Plus Fincher of course talks about the content and his own thoughts on the book.
Commentary 2: Director David Fincher and actors Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham-Carter Rating:8.2/10 (47 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by lancepr on June 7th, 2004:Find all reviews by lancepr
The only bad part about this commentary is the Helena Bonham-Carter parts are edited in when she is on the screen and breaks to flow the of the other guys. Otherwise good overall with technical parts and little background things you may not have noticed on fir viewing.
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on March 27th, 2005:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
The relationship that Brad Pitt and David "Finch" FIncher have is hilarious. They seem like old friends even though they have only made two films together. (the other being Se7n)
I havent listened to this track for a while now but its the only commentary that ive listened to twice. Its light hearted and well worth listening to if you want a laugh, and an insight into one of the best films for years
Reviewed by AZtoCA on January 27th, 2008:Find all reviews by AZtoCA
i heard this one alot
Fincher commentary is always soild

Pitt talks about edward Norton's (OVer planning "Stale Acting Process") but in a nice way

7 out of 10
Reviewed by FamousMortimer on July 23rd, 2008:Find all reviews by FamousMortimer
Absolutely brilliant, they seem to be having such a good time and it's well worth watching just for the commentary.
Reviewed by aph86 on August 29th, 2008:Find all reviews by aph86
Great commentary. If you only had to listen to one of these commentaries, this is the you should listen to. Would have been nice if Helena was in the same room as the other guys, but still great.
Reviewed by clovenhoof on November 16th, 2008:Find all reviews by clovenhoof
I'll add this to the other reviews: the dynamic between the three is really interesting. It seems like this was really Norton's film, and the other two were working for him, the way they all talk to each other. Norton has a lot to say, it's a shame he hasn't done more of these.
Reviewed by Thames Ironworks on March 29th, 2009:Find all reviews by Thames Ironworks
Very good commentary from Fincher, Norton and Pitt, but is let down by the seperately added Helena Bonham Carter comments.
Reviewed by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr on April 5th, 2011:Find all reviews by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr
While I agree with the other reviewers about the quality of this commentary and the chemistry between the three guys, those who criticised Helena Bonham Carter's contribution were being way too harsh!
Sure it would have been better if she'd been in the room with the others (assuming they'd have let her get a word in) but what she has to say is always interesting, giving a good insight into how she developed her character (as well as offering some amusing stories about the filming) and offering a much-needed female perspective on this very male film.
So we should be grateful that the director and his stars (yes, including HBC!) were happy to break the first rule of Fight Club and record this outstanding track.
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on February 2nd, 2012:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
Great, brilliant fun commentary. I for one was glad that Helena Bonham Carter was recorded separately as it allowed the boys to be boys while HBC can add the female perspective in a serious manner. Either way, the camaraderie between Fincher, Pitt and Norton is superb. The anecdotes are fascinating and there is some very serious subjects handled in very intelligent ways by all involved.

A great commentary that I can return to over and over again.
Commentary 3: Chuck Palahniuk (writer of source novel "Fight Club") and screenwriter Jim Uhls Rating:7.0/10 (29 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Numes on December 29th, 2006:Find all reviews by Numes
Lulls in some places, but a lot of good banter between the screenwriter and the author of the book. I would say this is a very unique commentary, and I can't remember another time where the screenwriter and the author of the book have been in the same commentary (if it was an adapted screenplay).
Reviewed by aph86 on August 29th, 2008:Find all reviews by aph86
There are some silence moments here, but beside that worth a listen if you love the movie and/or a fan of Palahniuk, who is just as weird and funny in person as his books are.
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on February 3rd, 2012:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
An interesting track, but it's a shame there are so many gaps. Jim Uhls doesn't appear to be very talkative and I suspect if Chuck Palahniuk had been paired with someone else involved it might have been more of a packed track.
Commentary 4: Director of photography Jeff Cronenweth, production designer Alex McDowell, costumer Michael Kaplan, special effects supervisor Kevin Haug, and animator Doc Bailey Rating:6.1/10 (23 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Film aficianado on February 20th, 2006:Find all reviews by Film aficianado
I found the relationship between the director and the actors to be fascinating. I was surprised to get a glimpse into how difficult Norton is to work with, for example. I actually liked Pitt better than I would have expected. Helena Bohnam Carter's comments came off a bit strangely as they were added in. Until I realized that, I thought it weird how she would say things out of the blue or repeating what others said. Still, all very interesting.
Reviewed by Film aficianado on February 20th, 2006:Find all reviews by Film aficianado
I found the relationship between the director and the actors to be fascinating. I was surprised to get a glimpse into how difficult Norton is to work with, for example. I actually liked Pitt better than I would have expected. Helena Bohnam Carter's comments came off a bit strangely as they were added in. Until I realized that, I thought it weird how she would say things out of the blue or repeating what others said. Still, all very interesting.
Reviewed by Numes on December 29th, 2006:Find all reviews by Numes
This is a mixed commentary. I think 3 of the guys were in one sitting and the other two were together, or separate. I'm not sure I understand aficianado's comment about Norton being hard to work with. All of the comments about the actors seem to be very positive (perhaps I missed a quip about a specific Norton??). Sometimes there was some extremely techinical talk about lighting, but from someone who knows nothing about lighting, it seemed as if it could be interesting to someone with a more knowledgable film background. Considered in combination with the other commentaries, it rounds everything out very nicely.
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on February 3rd, 2012:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
Much like the writers commentary, this has quite a few gaps. But still contains a lot of interesting information. Well worth a listen if your a fan of cinematography technique as DP Jeff Cronenweth goes into considerable depth about his work on the film. An interesting commentary if you are a fan of film making.
   
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