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Executive producers William Panzer and Peter Davis, editor Robert A. Ferretti, and co-executive producer H. Daniel Gross
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Reviewed by pat00139 on March 2nd, 2006
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These 4 do a nice job of explaining as much of the movie as possible. They talk about the differences between the theatrical version and the DVD version (which is about 12 minutes longer). The fact that movie was pushed up by the studio (Miramax, I think, well, Dimension) explained why the movie was so badly received. They kept saying that they rushed a lot of the F/X, and that some were even done the day before the movie was to go to print. One thing I did find very ridiculous is that my brother knew more about the ‘Highlander’ lore than these 4 people. One of the Immortal rules is that the Immortals can’t fight on Holy ground. One of the people (editor, I think) said, ‘Why not? What happens if they do?’ Bill and Pete just gave some blasé answer and moved on. What I find ridiculous is that my brother was watching the commentary with me, and after I said to him ‘Good question, why not?’ He replied that in one of the show's episodes, someone said that Vesuvius’ eruption that destroyed Pompeii was the result of 2 Immortal fighting on hallowed ground. Other than that, they do keep things interesting, talking about what was changed, and the cast. It’s a good enough commentary for the fans, and anybody else, I suppose.
Reviewed by Eman Resu on October 7th, 2008
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The other reviewer may think it's "ridiculous" that not all the commentators know every last detail of the Highlander mythology, but the only thing that's ridiculous is his complaining. First, two of the four commentators are an editor and a co-executive producer; not the kind of people whose job it is to know these things. Second, the series has never had a strict continuity (entire movies have been ignored by other movies), so spare me the whining about petty little contradictions.
The commentary is mostly good and worth a listen for anyone who enjoyed the movie. The tone is very casual and friendly and there are no long moments of nobody talking. The commentators are forthcoming and honest about what they're not happy with in the film and the creative disagreements they had while making it. My only complaint is that most of the information they have concerns technical trivia (how or where they shot a scene, etc) rather than creative decisions, but they do a good enough job of explaining what they were trying to accomplish with the movie, where it fits with the rest of the series, and how satisfied they are with the result.
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