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Uncle Sam (1997)

NOTE: The Lustig/Hayes commentary was previously available on Elite's DVD release of "Uncle Sam", which is now out-of-print. Blue Underground re-released the movie in June 2004 with both that older commentary, plus the new Lustig/Cohen/Braunstein track.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director William Lustig and actor Isaac Hayes Rating:7.5/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by pat00139 on March 10th, 2006:Find all reviews by pat00139
This was recorded back in 1998 for the Elite Entertainment release. Considering this movie was not so good, and I was trying to do something more interesting, like clipping my nails, this commentary is nice enough. Like the other one, though they don’t think this movie is all that bad. I prefer this one to the other one. It seems livelier, and I find the comments a little better. The director hadn’t seen the movie in about 18 months for this track, whereas in the other track he says he hasn’t seen the movie for about 7 years. Anyway, you learn some interesting facts. They shot the dialogue scenes in front of the house after they shot the climax of the movie. If you’ve seen the movie, you know the climax, so these two guys laugh a little about the movie’s production concerning that. They also talk about all the usual things like actors and story and intentions with scenes. It’s actually more interesting than the movie. It provides for some nice laughs. Again, you can here the makers laughing at the 33 windows they blew out because of the explosion at the end of the movie.
Commentary 2: Director William Lustig, writer Larry Cohen, and producer George G. Braunstein Rating:6.5/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by pat00139 on March 10th, 2006:Find all reviews by pat00139
Okay, so first, these guys are under the impression that this movie is rather good. I suppose they’re proud of their work, so that has to be said. These guys provide nice comments everywhere. Something that interested me was that the movie was banned in Germany at first. I don’t know why, but it was. They give out a lot of praise to the various actors and crewmembers. They also give out the locations and little anecdotes. Mr. Lustig originally wanted that ‘Billy Jack’ guy, Tom Laughlin, for the Isaac Hayes role. It’s a nice commentary and certainly more entertaining than the movie. Although, when they do praise the movie, it’s kind of silly, and Mr. Cohen does look at some scenes with an inordinate amount of symbolism. They actually think the biggest mistake in the movie is the casting of the two blonde girls (the mom and her friend) because they look rather alike. They really laugh at the incident that you can read about in the stills gallery also, which is kind of funny. That ‘sincere apology’ they give is also, um, funny. They’re generally a good listen, and they all talk about the same length of time, but with Mr. Lustig probably talking a tiny bit more than the others.