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Hard Boiled (Criterion Collection) (1992)

NOTE: This commentary is only available on the Criterion Collection edition of "Hard Boiled" (both the laserdisc and DVD). A different commentary track is available on the Winstar DVD release.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director John Woo, producer Terence Chang, filmmaker Roger Avary, and film critic Dave Kehr Rating:6.8/10 (5 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Pete on June 18th, 2004:Find all reviews by Pete
Blah. Woo's accent is even worse on this one. Chang gives a little insight into the film, but the critic is a rambling moron, and there is absolutely no reason why the "filmmaker" Avary should even be on here. An absolute waste.
Reviewed by pat00139 on March 2nd, 2006:Find all reviews by pat00139
This commentary is spliced together. Nobody in here seems to be together. As such, the track may seem disjointed. ĎLogic, usually, is very boring,í John Woo says. Roger Avary talks a lot about what he thinks of the movie, and in what way it distinguishes itself from other action movies. Mr. Kehr first talks about the types of violences in movies, then about pacing, and how John Woo uses both of these things. He also talks about how American movies differ. They all talk about the characters in the movie. John Woo talks about the actors and gives out some nice tidbits of information, like the flour bit on Chow Yun-fatís face in the teahouse was suggested by Mr. Chow himself. Terence Chang talks about producer stuff Ė they shot the teahouse shootout without really knowing what the rest of the movie was going to be like because they didnít like the original concept and were going to rewrite the movie. One thing he says didnít really surprise me (well, it surprised me but I wasnít surprised at... here goes). In the big explosion at the end, John Woo wanted to use a lot more explosives. He only ended up using about 1/4 of the explosives he wanted to use. If youíve seen the movie you know how big that explosion is. Can you just imagine it being 4 times bigger? The track is very informative and very interesting. Itís funny at a few points and I thank Criterion for it.