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The Last Samurai
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Director Edward Zwick
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Reviewed by Pineapples101 on July 21st, 2011
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Director Edward Zwick's commentary is quite hard to listen to, he's softly spoken and has a very odd speaking inflection where he continuously pauses, adds an 'um' and then continues. I actually found myself drifting off as I was listening to it.
While he does cover a lot of topics, most of the time the track trails off into Zwick describing what's on screen. I personally would have liked more info on the genesis of the project, but Zwick just drones on into slightly pretentious territory.
I dunno... I could be wrong. Others may love it. I just found the whole track a little to 'rehearsed' and pretentious.
Reviewed by Station51 on April 8th, 2016
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Wow, what a thorough, in-depth examination of this film. Zwick gives a full array of info done in a serious, almost somber tone. He is there to cover everything though. The guy has done his homework and sounds almost like a professor giving a lecture on a very serious science.
There are few jokes and it's low on fun but the wealth of information makes up for that.
To be honest, I had absolutely no interest in seeing this movie but ran out of things to watch and had it available. While its a bit Hollywood and formulaic it was better than I thought it was going to be. Through the commentary I gained a lot more perspective on the story, the characters, the era and Japanese culture. That's what good commentary can do. Well done.
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