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The Awards Edition DVD is well-stocked with extra features The DVD contains feature-length commentary by writer Alan Ball and Director Sam Mendes Look Closer a 20- Minute Behind the Scenes featurette an hour-long Storyboard to film presentation with Mendes and Director of Photography Conrad Hall two trailers for the film cast and crew bios and some fairly extensive Production notes in addition to some DVD-ROM features While the materials provided really help the viewer to Look Closer into the film in the first few moments of the commentary it becomes clear what was not included A much discussed alternate ending and opening scene cut from the film mentioned by Director Sam Mendes are not included on the DVD This is extremely unfortunate because the alternate ending is quite different from that which ended up in the movie and sounds as if it would be quite intriguing That being said however the feature-length commentary is fantastic While Mendes does a bit more of the talking than Ball the two really go into the imagery used in the film the process of making the film and the various ideas the two had and the pains taken to make these ideas a reality in the film There are few lengthy pauses during the film and the discussion is frequently quite interesting With a film which truly leaves more questions than answers it is nice to get some of those questions answered from the creative source of the film Indeed many of the enigmatic ways in which the film and its characters are taken down their paths get a bit more explanation and ultimately this provides the viewer with a greater appreciation for the film and the deep artistic expression therein Still Mendes and Ball do not try to provide the viewer with all the answers still leaving the viewer to find their own version of the truth and beauty of the film in their own
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