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Groundhog Day (1993)

NOTE: This commentary is only on the "Special Edition" Groundhog Day DVD.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Harold Ramis Rating:5.4/10 (16 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Numes on October 4th, 2006:Find all reviews by Numes
Harold Ramis is few and far between on his comments. At least the comments that he contributed to the movie were interesting for the most part. I believe if he had someone else in the commentary it would have been much more alive and a lot more comments would have been made.
Reviewed by adduvall10 on September 11th, 2008:Find all reviews by adduvall10
Harold Ramis seemed very unenthused to be doing this commentary. I agree with the above reviewer, in saying that I think another person could've helped out a lot here. Bill Murray and Harold Ramis would be fantastic. A lot of times we're left to just view the film as Ramis sits in the background silent. Either that, or he just repeats his favorite lines from the film. Thumbs down on the commentary, thumbs way up for the film.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on December 31st, 2012:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
(sigh) This is commentary suffers from "Director hasn't seen the movie in a while so he's gonna watch it and not say anything" syndrome.

Would it kill any director who hasn't seen a film they made in 10 or 20 years to watch the movie first before they do a commentary?

The only interesting things I learned is that originally Phil was never going to get out of the time loop, how the groundhog was originally going to run away and how Harold cried whilst watching X-Men. A disappointing commentary for a brilliant film if not the best film Harold has directed.
Reviewed by ipatrick on November 11th, 2013:Find all reviews by ipatrick
the commentary doens't flow as one would like to. it's informative at a filming annecdote level and everything that he contributes can be read on imdb's trivia section for the film but that doesn't make it any less valuable.
Reviewed by Uniblab on January 12th, 2014:Find all reviews by Uniblab
Bleh. Ramis is nice and imparts some interesting trivia...and that's it. As others above said, there are many gaps of silence - just when you forget it's a commentary and gets used to listening to the movie's dialog, Ramis comes back...and he also makes a factual mistake: he says the movie's title in Brazil was "The Black Hole of Love", when it actually was "Time Spell" (which happens to be a common thread regarding romantic comedies; Moonstruck was titled "Moon Spell" and Return To Me, "Heart Spell"). Skip this one and read Jonah Goldberg's quintessential essay on the movie instead (http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/228088/movie-all-time/jonah-goldberg).
Reviewed by Therealmrspock on August 15th, 2016:Find all reviews by Therealmrspock
After Harold Ramis' fantastic commentary for "Ghostbusters", this one comes off as bellow that level. Maybe he needed at least one more person to have a duet and help him out during some of the pauses on the track, I wish screenwriter Danny Rubin was hired to be there alongside him, it would have worked better. That said, I still have a soft spot for this commentary because Ramis is so honest, and you have to admit that he gives a couple of good insights: I really loved when he said the finale when Phil knows and fixes everything and advances all this into a perfect day was his "Superman" segment; that he had tears in his eyes when he read the script as well that the snow at the end was genuine and perfectly covered the city for the film. 7/10.
Reviewed by Station51 on March 21st, 2017:Find all reviews by Station51
There's quite a few bad reviews of this commentary but I won't say anything too negative as Harold Ramis is not around to defend himself...nah, I'm just kidding. Although this commentary isn't as bad as it's put across to be. It's entertaining and informative even if a bit sparse at times. It was probably Ramis' masterpiece and his commentary almost speaks to that but Ramis was a little too self-depricating for this. You can tell he likes and appreciates what he made and while there might be a better expose to the films interior workings, hearing the director, producer and co-screenwriter means something. Having the writer Danny Rubin on this would have been even better but Ramis does an admirable job.