DVD's with cinematographer commentary tracks?

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  1. Kevin Leonard

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    I was recently watching the Requiem For a Dream DVD with Matthew Libatique's (the director of photography) commentary track on. While I was a bit overwhelmed with the technical talk, I have to admit it was quite enjoyable, especially since I am taking a more active interest in the how's and why's of cinematography.
    Does anyone know of other discs with cinematographer commentaries, or documentaries on the photography process (like on Criterion's edition of Traffic, for instance)?
     
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    -Charles Correl on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock: SE (although he shares the track with Nimoy, et al)

    -Jeff Cronenweth on Fight Club (he shares the track with others, as well)

    -John Schwartzman on Pearl Harbor: Vista and Armageddon: CC (a great track, BTW) (he also shares the track with others)

    All I can think of for now.
     
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    Traffic CC has a commentary by Stephen Soderbergh, who also served as the DP on the film under the name Peter Andrews
     
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    The commentary on Gladiator include DP John Mathieson, although he doesn't say much compared to fellow participants Ridely Scott and editor Pietro Scalia IIRC.
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    In the Mouth of Madness
     
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    The Man Who Wasn't There has an interview with Roger Deakins.
    American Beauty has a featurette with commentary by Conrad Hall and Sam Mendes.
    And don't forget the documentary Visions of Light, which is an essential reference work on the art of cinematography.
    M.
     
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    It isn't mentioned on the case, but Michael Ballhaus has a commentary track on The Fabulous Baker Boys
     
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    Three Kings has an interview with cinematographer Tom Sigel.
    Insomnia (2002) has a commentary track that includes cinematograher Wally Pfister, as well as a cinematography and production design featurette.
     
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    Ernest Dickerson is featured on the commentary of Criterion's Do The Right Thing and Donald McAlpine is on one of the Moulin Rouge commentaries.
     
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    The gorgeous Fly Away Home SE has a commentary with director Carroll Ballard and cinematographor Caleb Deschanel.
     
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    Haskell Wexler does a commentary on Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. I haven't got around to listening to it yet so I don't know if it's any good or not.
     
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    Darius Khondji on the Se7en SE. Haven't listened to all of it and he sounds like he's in a cave or something but I'd love to see more cinematographer commentaries....Also i think Khondji splits the track with another crew member.
     
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    The great Michael Balhaus does commentary for his first collaboration with Fassbinder on Fantoma's fantastic "Whity" DVD.
     
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    Blade.I found his insight pretty intersting... when i could understand what the hell he was saying.
     
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    Off the top of my head, there are at least two other directors (besides Soderbergh) that shoot their own movies and have recorded commentary tracks.

    Doug Liman shot both Swingers and Go (though not The Bourne Identity) and has recorded commentaries for both of those, and Peter Hyams recorded a commentary for End of Days, though I haven't actually seen that movie or heard the track.

    Peter Andrews, aka Soderbergh, also shot the Ocean's 11 remake, which features a Soderbergh commentary track.

    eXistenZ's Canadian edition features a commentary track by DP Peter Suschitzky.

    In general, I find cinematographer commentaries to be somewhat more listenable than those by editors (who often, though by no means always, end up saying things along the lines of "...and this sequence way very difficult editorially because..."), though I have not listened to all of these tracks.
     
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    The region 2UK DVDs of The African Queen and A Matter of Life & Death have commentaries by Jack Cardiff.
     
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    Can't comment on THE AFRICAN QUEEN - but A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH is a short featurette not a commentary. It appears to be part of a longer version of the documentary that appears on the Criterion BLACK NARCISSUS.
     
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    Robert Rodriguez was a dp on El Mariachi (which has a commentary track) and on Spy Kids 2 (which will have a commentary track).
    dp David Klein shows up on the Clerks track but does not say much.
    Who can forget Vilmos Zsigmond's track on The Sadist. [​IMG]
     

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