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Smokin' Aces (2007)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Writer/director Joe Carnahan and editor Robert Frazen Rating:8.0/10 (8 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on June 13th, 2007:Find all reviews by The Cubist
Not surprisingly, they talk about the editing process and all of the footage they cut and how much information they wanted to give the audience in a given scene. Carnahan points out the nods to some of his favourite filmmakers, like Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Mann and Martin Scorsese. The two men also talk about the variations that they tried for certain scenes in what amounts to a pretty decent track.
Reviewed by grimjack on May 17th, 2020:Find all reviews by grimjack
Does a pretty good job of telling you what you want them to be talking about at each moment. A wide range of comments from new techniques used, old ones copied, casting decisions, why they filmed certain scenes in some ways, tricks of the trade with body doubles, and even some character motivations that were not spelled out during the film.

They point out that this was recorded shortly before the film was released, so it is interesting to hear them talk about actors about to become famous (Chris Pine), and how they hope the movie would do.
Commentary 2: Writer/director Joe Carnahan, Common, Christopher Holley and Zach Cumer Rating:7.8/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on June 13th, 2007:Find all reviews by The Cubist
This is a looser track as everyone cracks jokes and basically has a good time talking about making this movie. Carnahan riffs on Ben Affleckís bad pool playing and tends to dominate while the others tell a few anecdotes. While the first commentary is more filmmaking-oriented, this is a fun, entertaining track.
Reviewed by grimjack on May 27th, 2020:Find all reviews by grimjack
This track is pretty weak other than about three really good descriptions (by the director) of what a characters motivation was. But still, this is unnecessary to listen to if you heard the first commentary track. Not terrible, just redundant and not as informative as the first track.