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The Running Man (1987)


Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Paul Michael Glaser and producer Tim Zinnemann Rating:5.7/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by bubski on February 12th, 2009:Find all reviews by bubski
Even tho neither of the participants have seen the film for about 17 years alot of interesting information is given out. Stories about what the film and characters were based on, the events that led to Mr Glaser becoming director, outfit/set design and how problems regarding the budget were overcome are all covered.

Overall well worth a listen, however it is delivered in quite a monotone manner and towards the middle of the film they do sound quite depressed when talking about how the news media and reality shows have developed since the film was shot.

There are short gaps in the commentary and these tend to get longer and more frequent towards the end of the film, tho this is probably because they haven't seen it for such a long time.
Commentary 2: Executive producer Rob Cohen Rating:7.7/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on March 28th, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
I have always been fascinated by the inner workings of Hollywood, especially in the era of "High Concept" blockbusters that pervaded the '80s. Producer (as well as prolific Director) Rob Cohen spends the first half of the track detailing the 'nuts & bolts" behind creating an action film, as well as raising initial funding through foreign and distribution "pre-sales." It's done in such an easy going and genial manner, that the whole process becomes very understandable. The track then delves into the Behind-the-scenes chaos that was occurring as "Running Man" began shooting. The whole drama of Andrew Davis falling behind schedule, requiring a new director, is told with great candor. I love how Cohen deftly negotiated AHnold's tempestuous personality throughout the turmoil. So, this track is not really scene-specific, but the second half does involve elements of theme and production design. Really a perfect companion to the first track. 9/10