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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
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Eric Lax, co-author of "
Rating:8.3/10 (17 votes) [
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Reviewed by badge on March 24th, 2015
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Look no further for the "treasure" because it's right here on this commentary track. Lax has done a ton of research and really delivers the goods on this one - I have never heard a track before where EVERY SENTENCE tells you something interesting about the film in question. It's astonishing just how much you will have never known about the making of this film. The only thing that prevents this from getting a perfect "10" is the lengthy and detailed digression Bogart biography that appears about 3/4 of the way through, but then again, Lax literally wrote the book on Bogart, so I guess we'll give him his due. Any self-respecting film fan should seek out this one.
Reviewed by Detective_Gittes on April 30th, 2015
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Maybe one of the best commentary tracks for a John Huston film and regardless its a brilliant track, much better than titles rated higher on this website but obviously most people have no idea what they are talking about.
Reviewed by musíl65 on January 15th, 2016
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This track is loaded with facts about the movie. Lax talks about the long development of the script, the producers, the mysterious writer B. Traven, the actors, the shooting (100 days), the delay of production, the shooting on location, John and Walter Huston, the Warner Brothers Studio, etc. You get a lot of information about Borgart’s life and carrier.
The financial failure and the legacy of the movie are also mentioned. There aren’t any gaps. Lax is well prepared and talks fluently. This commentary is perfect: 10 out of 10
Reviewed by Hellfrick on June 11th, 2016
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I've listened to this several times. Informative, fast-paced, a real treat. Very thorough.
Reviewed by Therealmrspock on September 8th, 2016
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I was curious why this is rated so high, among the top 10 best audio commentaries, yet Mr. Lax really is an explosive commentator. In the first 10 minutes he already speaks out more sentences than some commentators during the entire film. He made a lot of effort, and it shows: there are almost no pauses, and the track is filled with interesting information (from Lauren Bacall's visit to the set to cheer up Bogart and the crew; the quote how one city was "the marijuana capital of Mexico"; how Walter Huston was so good that the producers tried told John to restrain him; how John wanted to meet the evasive writer of the novel, but only meet some guy in a hotel who may or may not have been him, and who told him he should write the script together with him...) and thought. He practically tells you everything you need to know about the film. Very impressive. Maybe it could have been more fun, but other than that I cannot imagine any other flaw. 10/10
Reviewed by grimjack on May 28th, 2019
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I did not love this as much as the other reviewers here. It is good, but not fantastic. It is a very dry information based review, that is often not talking about what we are seeing. He occasionally meanders into long stories about the production or cast when I wanted to hear something about the scenes we were seeing. But it is a must listen to if you like the film simply for how much interesting content he brings up.
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