David Fincher's Creative Process

Consider it a teaser for the upcoming DVD-release of "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button". In this post you will find a track list of all the combined Criterion goodies and some links to pre-order your DVDs and BluRays and such via this blog. But the very best upfront. The specials for "Benjamin Button" include a feature that I have been dreaming about for a decade: An "in-depth exploration of David Fincher's creative process on the set". How freaking amazing does that sound?

I know critics of the film didn't wait too long to drop their "Button ain't gonna make any money" hymn to sing along to the "Button shouldn't be a Criterion release" tune. But what the hell. We all know everyone will end up buying the DVD anyway -- because even for the poor souls that just couldn't like the story, it's still a must-have Fincher flick!

Over at Criterion you can find not only a neat little photo gallery and cast and crew credits. You can take a look at the special features assembled for the 2-disc DVD and BluRay release:

Disc Features

  • Interviews with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett
  • Audio commentary featuring Academy Award-nominated director David Fincher
  • Never-before-seen footage revealing the innovative techniques behind the Academy Award–winning visual effects and makeup
  • Step-by-step examination of the motion-capture process aging Brad Pitt
  • In-depth exploration of David Fincher’s creative process on the set
  • Interview with acclaimed composer Alexandre Desplat about the score
  • Featurettes on the film’s storyboards, costumes, and Academy Award–winning art direction
  • Stills galleries, including costume design and candid behind-the-scenes production photos
  • Optional French- and Spanish-dubbed soundtracks
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, and optional French and Spanish subtitles
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Kent Jones

  • The In-depth exploration (hopefully at least an hour long!) of Fincher's process is really the biggest selling point for me, for this special version of the DVD I mean. I figure, since I am getting the film anyway, what the heck, I'll just buy the Criterion version -- since any examination of Fincher's craft cannot be anything less than worth devouring!

    US-release date for these titles is May 5th 2009, so that's just around the corner. And if you feel like it and haven't already done it, you can pre-order the single DVD, 2-disc DVD and BluRay edition via my Amazon store -- it beats Criterion's shop price by about 5 bucks each. Please note: The single disc version, to my knowledge, DOES NOT include the special features!

    Anyway, happy shopping!

    Criterion Website: The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
    FincherFanatic Amazon Store


    1. Some more info here, straight from the DVD producer's mouth. David Prior has done all Fincher's DVDs from 'FightClub' onwards ~ http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htf/david-prior/275530-curious-case-benjamin-button.html
      Doc will be 130 minutes in total, plus another 30 on various sfx not covered in the main piece. That's covering everything, not just Fincher's 'creative process on set'. That part will probably amount to 7 minutes of footage of him saying 'one more', repeatedly...!

    2. Thanks Simon! Fincherfanatic: how abou you go to that forum and ask David Prior about an interview for this blog?

    3. @ Rick

      Excellent idea. I have dropped Mr. Prior an email, let's see what he says ...

    4. the haters who claimed the movie was crap because they were uncomfortable about being in touch with the feminine sensitivity that's inherent in our physical make-up are still going to buy it to savor the lush imagery with kleenex box in tow. i'm glad we didn't get the no-frills treatment this time like with Zodiac, a film which unlike BB could've justifiably been labeled a financial disappointment. the proof is in the pudding, haters - 330 million worldwide :D (though i suppose they could spin that figure and say that with advertising costs factored in the film is a boondoggle of Heaven's Gate proportions). like i said before, even the detractors of the film are probably going to pony up for the blu ray because of how sensational it would look and sound so the home video sales should only add to what has so far been a resounding success.

    5. Zodiac Twist:



    6. What a lying bitch... and she's a bad actress too.

      "Only the Zodiac would cut the victim's hand off..." - "Yes Sir... mam"