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Saved! (2004)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director/co-screenwriter Brian Dannelly, producer Sandy Stern, and co-screenwriter Michael Urban Rating:7.0/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Agressor on July 29th, 2014:Find all reviews by Agressor
A finely executed commentary with high-spirited talkers. There are three people contributing here but it never gets crouded in front of the mike, in fact Sandy Sterns input is very limited and her presence is superfluous.

Otherwise the topic of the film is what really provides the foundation for some unique commenting. The director/co-writer based the story on his own experiences from attending a Christian school and, though the story of the film isn't biographical several occurrences in the film are based on actual events. Some of them aren't that clearly depicted in the film and having the commentators pointing them out and elaborating on them makes the commentary a worthwhile listen in itself (at least if you're a fan of the film).

I also appreciated hearing the writers acknowledge that certain scenes benefited from them cutting down on dialogue (or removing it entirely!) and trusting that the emotion of the scene comes through with limited/no talking. I think that's a rare insight from a screenwriter and I think most of them would fight teeth and nails to keep their dialogue in the film.

Another interesting aspect of this "chat-track" is them talking about making a film on a very limited budget and dealing with the challenges that arises. While that is not an uncommon situation and one that is well documented in many commentaries before this one, each film faces their own particular hardships and hearing about them always piques my interest.
Commentary 2: Actors Mandy Moore and Jena Malone Rating:8.5/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Agressor on August 6th, 2014:Find all reviews by Agressor
I was surprised at how good this commentary was. I expected the two leads to gab on about how fun the shooting was and to do shout-outs to everyone appearing on screen but ,while shout-outs do appear, we get much more in the way of their feelings about their characters and the scenes as they play out as well as plenty of explanations about certain symbolical items put in the movie.

We also get a lot of reveals about changes that were maid to the movie, how certain scenes were changed and how they feel about it now. Moreover, they are, refreshingly, not afraid to point out gaffs and laugh at themselves.

The girls do lend a youthful vibe to the commentary but they are also genuine professionals and that comes through clearly here and these two sides of them brings an effective dichotomy to the proceedings.

I feel this was quite a unique commentary, very revealing and sweet.