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Director Peter Bogdanovich
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Reviewed by Brian Thibodeau on June 15th, 2004
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Nice to see some directors aren't afraid to acknowledge their genre roots after they've moved on to pricier fare. Bogdanovich is surprisingly candid on this insightful track, in which he provides seemingly well-remembered details about the production of this low-budget suspense classic, including pointing out many shots that were achieved, er, gratis, as it were, such as the "freeway sniper" sequence, which was cleverly pulled off without closing down the road and in full view of passing traffic before the cops showed up - and when they did, responding to an unrelated call, Bogdanovich got free production value!). Bogdanovich also praises star Boris Karloff, in one of his final roles (at least prior to several Mexican cheapies that wound down his career on a flat note), as being the consumate professional, and it doesn't sound like the usual director-star blowjob: Bogdanovich, who co-stars in the film, actually learned some valuable acting tips from the great man. Very occasional spots of dead air are minor in light of the director's strong recollections of this unique film's production. Fans, at least, will not be disappointed.
Reviewed by Agressor on March 15th, 2008
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I agree wholheartedly with the above reviewer. Bogdanovich has a surprisingly good recollection of events that transpired over 30 years before the commentary was recorded. The anecdotes he provides ranges from talking about how the limited budget affected the shooting to how the movie was buried after the JFK/Martin Luther King killings.
In all I would say it was a surprisingly good yak-track.
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