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Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)

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NOTE: A different commentary is available on the unrated Mr. and Mrs. Smith DVD.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Doug Liman and screenwriter Simon Kinberg Rating:7.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Robanhood on May 21st, 2008:Find all reviews by Robanhood
Pretty good stuff. Doug Liman keeps the focus on facts and trivia about the shoot and directing, while Simon Kinberg reveals a lot about how the script finally found its shape. Seems that this one has been years in the making! This movie balances on a very difficult fence of comedy/romance/violence, and IMO succeeds. The makers here give views to finding this balance in just the right places. Also, the limits of the budget surprise. They cleary managed to make a bigger-budget looking movie than what it actually cost. Of course they realise that they had the two of the "world's most beautiful people" in the leading roles. But mind you, no Angelina & Brad rumours at all!
Commentary 2: Producers Lucas Foster and Akiva Goldsman Rating:5.5/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Robanhood on May 21st, 2008:Find all reviews by Robanhood
OK, for producers' track, I guess. They give enough info to keep it interesting, and seem like nice guys, but wander off ego-tripping and spinal-tapping at times with lines like "by the way, you still owe me 800 bucks" and "I jumped into that pool... oh, let's not say anything more!" Couldn't listen the whole way through, though.
Commentary 3: Editor Michael Tronick, production designer Jeff Mann, and visual effects supervisor Kevin Elam Rating:7.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on May 9th, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Tronick and Mann are recorded together, while Elam is off on his own. This is usually not a problem, although sometimes Elam mentions something the other two have already discussed. Not a bad nuts and bolts commentary, but there are many more instances of silence after the first third of the track.

Tronick and Mann both had to interview with the director, Doug Liman, several times before they were selected for the project. They are diplomatic in stating that they grew to appreciate working with him, but adapting to his process was challenging and sometimes contentious.

Much of the visual effects comments by Elam are pointing out how shots were combined and composites, using both miniatures and digitally created effects. One of the early shots of Colombia was a shot from Clear and Present Danger that they elaborated by adding other elements. They shot in and around LA for a NYC based film, so there was a lot of painting out of palm trees. The desert scene was originally to take place in an alpine setting but the effects involved would have been too expensive.

Brad Pitt had input and ideas for the Smith house set, which when used for the fight scene proved to be the subject of many difficult discussions.

Tronick and Mann point out many continuity gaffes and where reshoots and original photography have been merged. There were many reshoots as the film involved, part of an organic filmmaking process.

Liman was involved in editing virtually and contributed ideas via the Internet. Tronick always had abundant choices when constructing the film when pulling from takes of the performances by Jolie, Pitt, and Vince Vaughn, who ad-libbed often. Other editors with more experience in action films were brought in to help with certain scenes.

Obtaining the PG-13 rating for the film turned out not to be a problem.