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This commentary track is only on the "20th Anniversary Splash DVD.
Commentaries on this disc:
Director Ron Howard, producer Brian Glazer, and writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel
Rating:8.5/10 (4 votes) [
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Reviewed by frankasu03 on November 15th, 2012
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This is really a fun and informative group commentary. All four participants are in the room, and the writing team of Bobaloo and Lowell Ganz really liven up the commentary. Director Howard hasn't seen the film since its' release back in '84, but quickly recalls his first foray with a studio project. He reveals some fun anecdotes about working with Hanks and John Candy, the difficulty of shooting all those underwater scenes, and recounts his experiences on other films such as "Night Shift," and "Cocoon." Producer Grazer is along for the ride, and provides some insight into making movies under the "Disney" (Touchstone's first film) banner. Also, the difficulty of filming on location in New York City. The real "bonus" is Ganz and Mandell; they provide a nice "101" course in screenwriting, especially traditional 3-act comedies. They also have some stories about writing "Parenthood" and 'Shift.' All in all, a nice example of a group of friends and filmmakers revisiting their early work. 8/10
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