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The second commentary (also recorded in 2006) features co-writer David Koepp (later to become one of Hollywood's hottest screenwriters; this was his first produced screenplay) and director Steven Soderbergh, the latter billed as "special guest" on the DVD's special features menu. Because their careers began at roughly the same time, Koepp and Soderbergh share voluminous insights about independent filmmaking in the late 1980s, how the industry has changed since then, and how Apartment Zero played a substantial role in Koepp's early-career education (including the hard-earned lesson about never investing in your own movie projects). Their free-ranging conversation covers a lot of detail about the making of Apartment Zero (and Koepp is a lively source of production anecdotes), but it's most valuable to aspiring filmmakers as an authoritative discussion between two talented filmmakers who've learned a lot about their craft, and are able to articulately share their perspectives. Soderbergh also serves as an inquisitive film buff, asking pertinent questions that keep the commentary flowing at a constantly fascinating pace. It's a valuable snapshot of filmmaking past and present, coming from a writer and director who speak vividly from experience. --Jeff Shannon
The gay subtext between Colin Firth's character and Hart Bochner's is nicely played by both actors.
So Adrian "thinks" he likes girls, and is possibly even attracted to them; we can convince ourselves of all sorts of things.
A viewer today who objects to a film like this one has forgotten or never known what independent filmmaking can mean.
This is an early film of Colon Firth's who was great in this as was Hart Boucher. A very intense film.Published 11 days ago by Geradine Dinardo
One of the best thrillers ever made....but not that many people know of itPublished 3 months ago by Thomas Weeden
I could not find this on DVD at the time, so I purchased it through Amazon, and it was just great. Colin Firth was young, and very good looking. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lois Metlika
This is truly a fascinating movie, watchable on many levels. Hart Bochner was a remarkable piece of casting and this is perhaps his very best movie role. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Philip Chase
As a Colin Firth fan, I enjoyed seeing this film made before he became Mr. Darcy. Set in Argentina during the death squads, there are many odd characters in this film which traces... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Abigail1851
Here we have a very young Colin Firth, living in South America, managing an art house movie theatre on a shoestring. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jay B. Lane
I've looked at this twice now and am finally able to see Colin Firth's performance as really amazing. The first viewing showed everything as just dark and disjointed. Read morePublished 22 months ago by kathy