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The Buddy Holly Story (1978)


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Commentary 1: Director Steve Rash and actor Gary Busey Rating:10.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on April 24th, 2016:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Director Rash and the always unpredictable Gary Busey make for a lively duo on this commentary. Busey frequently channels his inner "Buddy" by routinely breaking into song; thankfully the lawyers at Sony allow him this indulgence. Spectacular "bursts" of "Rock N' Roll" energy erupt, leading one to wish that the proverbial "little bouncing ball" was present, along with the lyrics on-screen. Rash points out the frequent use of "Steadicam" by the pioneer Garrett Brown, separates the real accounts from those given "artistic license," and pours over the meticulous innovation in capturing live sound performances. The origin of the production is detailed during the credits, so be sure to hang around for the finale. Busey is the star of this track, no surprise. The amount of knowledge he has concerning the real "Buddy Holley" (Yes, with an "E") is astounding. No moreso than when the fateful last words of the late Waylon Jennings are imparted to Buddy before that night in Clear Lake, Iowa. A tremendous listening experience that highlights the frequent use of improvisation (a tactic the Director Rash learned from Jerry Lewis) and leaves one puzzled as to how Gary Busey missed out on that "Best Actor" Statue. 9.5/10