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White Heat (1949)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Film historian Dr. Drew Casper Rating:7.8/10 (8 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Therealmrspock on August 6th, 2016:Find all reviews by Therealmrspock
A good commentary, though I was left with the impression it could have been a lot better. Mr. Casper spends the first 20 minutes either on James Cagney's career or the history of the gangster film in the 30s and 40s, which is way too general and off-topic. Luckily, there are a few interesting theories he presents here (many Freudian elements were used in Hollywood back in those days; the Hays code which prohibited films from showing criminals how to properly rob a bank, etc.) or analysis of directing. Unfortunately, he rarely talks about a particular scene that plays out on the screen, and instead just goes on about Raoul Walsh being a great director, and there are at least six instances of awkward pauses. 7/10
Reviewed by Uniblab on November 15th, 2016:Find all reviews by Uniblab
An OK, decent commentary from Casper. It's more of a professorial-type lecture than a scene-specific track, but this time Casper isn't particularly substantial or insighbtful. Some good information about the movie's place on both Cagney's and gangster filmography in general, but not much more.