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Director Stuart Baird
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Reviewed by Pete on June 6th, 2004
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This commentary is not really bad at all. The problem is the amount of dead time between comments. For no good reason at all, Baird talks for a few minutes then does not talk for another 40. Lame.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on February 18th, 2016
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I really enjoyed "The Fugitive" and "U.S. Marshals" was a treat, too.
But this commentary...I almost immediately regretted listening to it. It's not that what Baird has to say is uninteresting or boring. It's just that he had so *little* to say, his voice is unfortunately rather monotone and the audio levels of his commentary track were barely higher than the levels of the movie audio (might've been a problem with my television or disc, but no other commentary I've listened to had this problem).
At first I paid no mind to the several times in the first 10 minutes when there was dead air for 40-50 seconds at a time. But then I noticed that there was a pattern. It was like, 60 seconds of speaking, 60 seconds of silence. Then suddenly I realized he went an entire *10 minutes without saying anything*. In fact, it distracted me when he suddenly started speaking again because I subconciously forgot about the commentary and started paying attention to the movie.
And just when you think *that* was bad, I timed the next big chunk of silence: 21 minutes. A 21 minute chunk of time during this audio commentary when there is no audible commentating by Baird. That's 1/10th of the movie's commentary track that has no commentary. And no, this isn't me tallying up the chunks of dead air. This is listing individual dead air moments. Numerous 40-50 second chunks, a 10 minute chunk and a 21 minute chunk. If I were to total the dead air, guaranteed that it'd make up at least 50 minutes of this 120 minute movie.
And then five minutes before the credits even start to roll, he peaces out. Right during the climax. An announcer comes on to say "This has been the audio commentary by director Stuart Baird". He didn't even stay for the entirey of his own audio commentary.
Overall, this "commentary" felt more like random interviews that were stitched together and dropped in on the movie when the topics matched. I would not recommend this commentary. Save yourself the frustration and re-watch the movie instead.
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