US (dir. Vincenzo Natali)
Cast: Maurice Dean Wint, Nicole deBoer, Nicky Guadagni, David Hewlett
Synopsis: Six people are inexplicably imprisoned in a booby-trapped system of boxes, with no hope and fewer means of escape.
Review: Special Features (September 2010) Review
My “Special edition” DVD of “Cube” isn’t exactly bursting with special features, but I suppose you can forgive them for trying – especially considering the film itself is now well over 10 years old. What you do get is a director’s commentary track full of information on the process of constructing the set piece and filming under grueling conditions for long hours, two deleted scenes with commentary, and an interview with Nicole DeBoer who portrays Leven in the film.
The director’s commentary pretty much covers all the questions one could ever have in respect to the film’s creation, production and filming process but leaves out any humorous anecdotes about the shoot with the exception of a story about using Canadian Tire money to construct a $5 mechanism to automatically open and close the doors of the cube. The deleted scenes, with their respective commentary, aren’t at all interesting – nor do they reveal anything new about the film’s plot or contribute to character development. Leaving them out was really for the best.
The interview with Nicole DeBoer was great, but could they not have gotten more cast members to agree on interviews for the DVD? Some behind the scenes footage would have been great to see as well, but since the entire movie was filmed in essentially one room, perhaps a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film would spoil the “magic” of the cube. Great film of course, but the special features… not so fantastic.