Monty Python DVD Commentary Track
I also listened to the commentary track from "Monty Python and The Holy Grail" by the directors Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones. Monty Python was one of the most entertaining British comedy groups and they are most known for their unjustifiable silliness. From the commentary track I learned that the movie was made extremely cheap. Everything was done with a limited budget and in the easiest way possible. What surprised me was that they actually used real dead animals during the scene where King Arthur comes to the castle controlled by the French. They used dead sheep, dead pigs and a dead cow. Through most of the movie they only had access to one castle, and they made the castle look different by shooting it from different sides and angles. Also, the castle was very small so the directors used lots of wide angle shots to make the walls look bigger. During the scene with the Trojan Rabbit, the wooden structure is supposed to almost fall on top of the characters. To make the Trojan Rabbit fall, they used a crane and dropped it from a far height. However, they only had one shot to film the structure falling because it would surely be destroyed. Thankfully, the shot worked. Many of the castles that the characters see in the distance were actually 12 foot models made of plywood that were completely flat. But because the camera was placed so far away, the model looked like a life-size castle. In the fighting scene with the black knight, the knight loses all of his limbs. When he lost his arms, the actor simply had his arms tied behind his back and pumps attached to him that squirted out fake blood. When the knight lost his legs the director actually hired a real one legged man who could hop on one leg and the actor's voice was added on top of the film. I learned many interesting things about the making of the movie in this commentary especially things that without being told I would never have realized.
Titanic DVD Commentary
This commentary was a little odd to do especially since we did not have many DVD’s at home to pick from. Most of the other commentaries that we had were boring so this was chosen. The majority of the commentary is James Cameron discussing the factuality of the movie and rest is of Kate Winslet describing the filming of her with Leo and Cameron’s difficult expectations. James Cameron is quite at ease about discussing the flaws in the movie historically and scientifically. Cameron also points out the parts of the film that are authentic to the real Titanic and what parts he took cinematic license with. He admits that his theory of the Titanic’s demise is not the definitive one because no one knows for sure but he believes that it is the most accurate based on the available information. Most of the beginning scenes were filmed on a boat set in baja. The scenes of the ship crashing and sinking were all CGI. He has some interesting stories like how Kate Winslet could not spit and had to be taught to do that spitting scene. Kate Winslet discusses her relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio and James Cameron. She talks about the difficult in acting in front of a green screen and how it makes it harder to express emotion with no real scenery behind you. The end consists mostly of James Horner, the composer of the score, explaining how the popular song “My Heart Will Go On” came to be. Over all this was a pretty interesting commentary. The actors seem to have a lot of fun with each other, though Leonardo DiCaprio is not I the commentary. None of the people were all in the same room, each was done like a separate interview. Highlights would have to be James Cameron who has a really soothing voice to listen to as well as Kate Winslet who was very excited to share her different stories of messing with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Forrest Gump DVD Commentary Track
My second commentary analysis of a movie was Forrest Gump starring Tom Hanks and directed by Robert Zemeckis. Like “The Hangover” I was very amazed how I learned so much about the cinematography and the actors that were used in this film and how together created a classic movie that will never be forgotten. Robert Zemeckis used a lot of creativity while directing Forrest Gump wether it be with characters or plot it was fascinating to hear and watch how he fooled the audience and perfected such an amazing movie. Something I found interesting while listening to the commentary was how during the running scene there were parts when the Zemeckis used Tom Hanks brother Jim Hanks to double for Tom. Considering that Tom and Jim look so alike it was a success to pull it off since no one watching the movie at home or in the theaters would suspect such a thing. Another interesting fact I found was during the 1972 New Year’s party in New York when Forrest Gump was drinking Dr. Pepper and on the can was a logo that was not created until the mid-1980’s. This is another example of how movies can trick the audience and make us not suspect anything at all. Tom Hanks really perfected the character of Forest Gump and according to the commentary by Robert Zemeckis he was not his first choice in fact Zemeckis went and spoke with Bill Murray, John Travolta and Chevy Chase before speaking with Tom Hanks for the role. Forrest Gump is by far one of my favorite movies of all time with the amazing actors and cinematography Forrest Gump is a movie that I will recommend to anyone of all ages to watch and enjoy an amazing masterpiece.
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