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The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

NOTE: These commentaries are only on the two-disc special edition, not the original release.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski Rating:9.5/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on July 18th, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
I went ahead and skipped the Actors track, based on the previous review. The track submitted by the Co-writers is, by far, the best "Writers" track I have listened to. Scott and Larry begin by describing their entry into the world of Hollywood with that Family classic, "Problem Child." You can hear the regret they feel, for having their first screenplay be successful, but not respected. They know that their "Bread and Butter" is Bio-pic films.(see "Ed Wood," "Man on the Moon," and such) What's astounding is the amount of research that is involved, as well as a requirement to get real personal with the studio's legal team. The duo rarely stop to take a breath, as they fill the listener in on all manner of Larry Flynt information. What they excised from the script, how they operated with very little cooperation from Flynt, and the phenomenon of "merging" multiple people into one character, like Ed Norton's lawyer. These are the restraints of adapting real life to film. I love the stories about Director Milos Forman. From his penchant to cast "amateurs," to his obsession with the 1st Ammendment. I don't want to give away too much more, but for budding screenwriters out there, this is essential. 9/10
Commentary 2: Actors Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love and Edward Norton Rating:8.5/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by clovenhoof on November 16th, 2008:Find all reviews by clovenhoof
I hate when a commentary by "A and B and C" turns out to be three solos spliced together. Here, it's Courtenay for about 90% of it, and Woody and Ed maybe 5% each. The surprise is that Courtenay Love really laid herself bare for the commentary. She talked openly about the difficulty that her past drug use caused the production, in particular in terms of getting an insurance bond. She showed a great deal of insight into the process, and contributed valuable comments on many aspects of the film. I think I was mostly expecting, "oh, that hat, I had a choice between red and blue, but neither seemed to work and then they came up with..." There was none of that crap. Very worthwhile.