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Director Mel Brooks
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Reviewed by MarshallVandruff on August 4th, 2009
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I'd heard that Mel Brooks was one of the worst commentators, but I took a chance.
It's not bad. He's obviously easily distracted, especially at the beginning when every credit reminds him of something that yanks him away from what he began to say, and his comments could be summed up pretty concisely, but he does offer some little gems of how he approaches comedy.
He tells about the challenges in making the film, and some of the creative conflicts.
And in some ways I found the movie funnier by having a commentator at my side. All that serious discussion acted as a counterpoint to the craziness in front of the camera.
Reviewed by fan on April 5th, 2012
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I thought Mel was very good. He came across well.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on February 21st, 2013
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Not bad. Yeah, he does describe what happens on screen and laughs here and now. But he does talk about the making of the film. He talks about how Marty Feldman died, jokes that were used in other films, improvisation, add-libbing, ideas from actors, the set, the actual Frankenstein films, working with Gene Wilder, putting emotional scenes in a parody and comic influences.
Worth watching at least once, but worth listening if you like the film.
Reviewed by musíl65 on August 27th, 2014
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Brooks is very proud of this movie. He talks in a very warm tone about the actors, the sets, the script, the Frankenstein movies from the thirties and the timing of the gags. Good points are also his working relationship with Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman. For him the movie is the best performance of Gene Wilder ever made. He talks also about Feldman’s death.
There are no gaps. The track is also very funny. Gene Hackman wanted to make a comedy and so his cameo was a labour of love form him.
This was my first track with Brooks. I liked it a lot. Don’t miss this track. 9 out of 10.
Reviewed by Station51 on February 15th, 2016
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I like Brooks and find him funny although apparently he can be a bit tyrannical when stuck on a point. He is good at times on this with stories and explaining the development but he has some bad habits too. One is not remembering things and using scenes as prompts to pretend as if remembers more. A few times he says things that are flat out wrong. Like, " Oh thats a dummy flying through the window and not the real little girl ". When you can clearly tell it's a live girl who also is shown on wires shooting this scene in the 'making of' featurette also on the disc. He also debates which jokes are funny or not which gets a bit tedious.
I didn't realize that Gene Wilder wrote most of the film alone before it got a bit more comedy treatment from Brooks.
I'm glad he took the time to do the commentary but it's clear he loves this film and wanted to. I just wished he'd used notes or something and put more into it. Its just a director's 'past work appreciation time' on here.
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