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Soldier (1998)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Paul W.S. Anderson, co-producer Jeremy Bold, and actor Jason Isaacs Rating:8.0/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on December 7th, 2010:Find all reviews by frankasu03
If you listened to the "Event Horizon" commentary, you know that Anderson's chats can be better than his films. This is another track that does not disapoint. Very informative, with wonderful banter between his co-producer Bolt and co-star Isaacs. Isaacs is a revelation as being very wry, with some funny lines dropped in-between Anderson and Bolts' discussions. I wish this actor had done more comedy. As for insight into the film, there is plenty of it. Including some awesome stories about Kurt Russell and his devotion to the film. Anderson even points to the exact frame in which the embattled star broke his right foot. "Soldier" on and have a listen.
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on September 19th, 2012:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
One of the first DVD tracks I ever listened to and probably my favorite Anderson and Bolt track.
It's really informative throughout, but it's when Isaacs joins them that it gets a bit of humor injected into the proceedings.

I especially enjoyed hearing about the director having to choose the color urine (pineapple juice) he wanted in one scene. But my favorite part is when Jason Lee is taking punches to his cut open stomach, Isaacs comments on the sound effect and how grisly it is, to which Bolt gleefully replies something like "we wanted the fist to go into his stomach!" to which Isaacs knowingly replies "I bet you did" and then Anderson chips in "...and pull his heart out!".

You get the feeling that Anderson and Bolt are great mates and sit around watching the same action / horror genre films. Cheering as heads explode or planets get blown up. So I always find it fun when someone else is thrown into their commentaries and makes their geek tendencies stand out.

Im probably bigging up these Anderson / Bolt commentaries too much, I understand Anderson' films have their problems and their share of rabid fanboys calling for Anderson' blood, but the more I listen to these commentaries the more I like Anderson and his approach to film making. Good planning seems to be his thing. Plus a legitimate love of the genres. So it's great to hear someone talking with passion about their job.
I hear a lot of directors whining about the complexities of film making (Lucas, Kevin Smith etc) so it's great to hear from someone who is a good problem solver and is in it for the challenge.

An excellent commentary. One of my all time favorites.