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The Grudge (Director's Cut) (2004)

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NOTE: This commentary is only on the May 2005 "Unrated Director's Cut" DVD. A different commentary track is on the original DVD of the theatrical cut.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Takashi Shimizu, producer Taka Ichise, and actor Takako Fuji Rating:10.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Bakersfield on January 25th, 2016:Find all reviews by Bakersfield
Surprisingly light and funny commentary. Really didn't see it coming, considering the nature of the picture. Shimizu, Ichise and Fuji are watching the Director's Cut together and really the main focus of their chat is the American/Japanese cooperation and reaction of the different audiences ("─merican audiences are always so vocal and expressive. It's very rewarding to a filmmaker", says Shimizu).

They share some very funny tidbits from their work on the picture, pinpoint the nod to "╦vil Dead", Shimizu admits that he's having a great time doing DVD commentaries, while Fuji spends most of time laughing and chuckling (she doesn't really talk about her character).

Shimitzu praises the work done by the American visual effects artists, talks about the differences between the original "Ju-On" and this version, and explains which scenes were shot in Japan and which ones were shot in LA.

Shimizu and Ichise have a great banter together and Ichise makes some very funny jokes at Shimizu's expense ("You really didn't shoot that scene, did you?").

There is actually very little technical talk and there is no dead air. My favorite parts are the way Shimitzu makes fun (lovingly) of the detectives in the movie, and that one the bit about the doll-with-no-jaw and the reaction of the Custom Services person.

I'm certain that if you're a fan of "The Grudge" franchise this commentary will satisfy you. It's a fun and informative listen.