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Basic (2003)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director John McTiernan Rating:4.0/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by directorscut on October 17th, 2004:Find all reviews by directorscut
This is an okay commentary. McTiernan has fascinating comments to make when he talks. But unfortunately, he’s silent more often than not. The feature used on the “Ben-Hur” commentary would have made this track far more palatable. McTiernan talks about widescreen composition, scene set-up and cinematic tone which are subjects I find to be extremely interesting, Frankly I would rather have thirty minutes of McTiernan commentary than three hours of the usual rubbish.
Reviewed by magicmikassa on February 27th, 2009:Find all reviews by magicmikassa
In the beginning of the commentary Mciernan states that he might have trouble getting through the commentary. Perhaps you the listener might have trouble as well. The commentary ends up being ok, but it is clear that Mctiernan doesn't really care all that much about commentaries. There is definitely the feel that he is just watching the movie and reminiscing about the actors and such as it moves along. He offers some info on how scenes were filmed, but nothing too amazing. Overall though the commentary was OK. 7/10 stars.
Reviewed by Uniblab on May 30th, 2010:Find all reviews by Uniblab
I enjoyed very much McTiernan's commentaries for Die Hard and The Hunt for the Red October, but unfortunately this one really sucks. As the user above said, McTiernan starts off saying that he will "struggle his way trying to make useful comments" or something of the sort, which indicates he's not very motivated. Most of this is just scene narration and some few superficial observations.
Reviewed by sedna on November 9th, 2012:Find all reviews by sedna
the "struggle" comment McTiernan makes all the way in the beginning of the film should be a giveaway of the quality of this track. This is by far the worst McT commentary I've listened to, and I've heard them all. There is just nothing worthwhile here and if you were to condense the entire 'commentary' you'd probably have 15-20 minutes of an actual commentary. A LOT of dead air. Whatever comments McT does make they are either narrating whats on screen, or is an observation of sorts. It is not clear to me Die Hard was the best McTiernan commentary, a close second is Die Hard with a Vengeance. Skipping this would do you absolutely no harm at all, you can take my word for it. If you're looking for some technical information or such; you'll only know that McT used some Italian camera movements, and that's about it.