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The Aviator (2004)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Martin Scorsese, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, and producer Michael Mann Rating:8.5/10 (22 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on May 24th, 2005:Find all reviews by The Cubist
Scorsese dominates the track with the occasional comments by Schoonmaker and Mann. Scorsese wanted to show the humanity of Hughes by depicting his early life before he lost touch with reality completely. He talks at length about Hughes’ place in history and in cinema while Schoonmaker touches upon the film’s themes and how she conveyed them through editing. This is an engrossing, informative track that fleshes out Hughes’ backstory.
Reviewed by Cinecdoche on May 21st, 2009:Find all reviews by Cinecdoche
I always enjoy Marty and this is no exception. Much of the track is dominated by historical references. Scorcese spends little time, if at all, early on with the actual scene that is playing out except to discuss color palettes at the Coconut Grove or Hughes' place in the cinematic lexicon. Mann and Schoonmaker are sparse and, I found, can repeat themselves. Later, closer to the third act, the comments start the match the scene. A lot of information.
Reviewed by Bickle, T. on May 26th, 2009:Find all reviews by Bickle, T.
Much like his 'Gangs of New York' track, Scorsese spends most of the time discussing the history of Hughes, which isn't a bad thing, but definitely a history lesson.
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on August 21st, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
Scorsese is wonderful to listen to. He talks fast he thinks fast and he has a lot to say. A little less interesting is Thelma, his editor, but that is to be expected. They are recorded seperately and when it’s great it’s great, say no more. 8/10
Reviewed by Bakersfield on August 19th, 2015:Find all reviews by Bakersfield
Well, after seeing and loving the hell out of the movie I wanted to learn more about Hughes and the whole production. And thanks to Scorsese's commentary I got what I wanted.

The man is a great storyteller and this is IMO one of his best commentaries. Engaging, full of knowledge and intelligent. A must-listen for all serious film fans.