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Director John Boorman and filmmaker Steven Soderbergh
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Reviewed by Lord Bullingdon on October 12th, 2006
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Director John Boorman and filmmaker Steven Soderbergh take fans through this blissful revenge fantasy. Soderbergh, like Scorsese, has sat in on other director's commentaries before (Catch 22 comes to mind) and he really enhances the proceedings by facilitating a mood where the director is able to freely expresses what he was going for. More so than had the director done this commentary alone because it usually sucks when an older filmmaker attempts to discuss (to himself) a film that was made however-man years ago (if they talk at all they usually just sound like they're mumbling to themselves). Rather, Soderbergh swoops in and besides saving the commentary, he really livens it up by asking the right questions and making the right observations. Oh, and the Lee Marvin stories are great, too.
Reviewed by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr on April 8th, 2012
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While Lord Bullingdon has a valid point about aging directors doing solo commentaries, anyone who has listened to Boorman's tracks for the likes of DELIVERANCE and ZARDOZ knows this certainly doesn't apply to him.
That said, Soderberg is always an asset to any commentary I've heard him feature on and that's again the case here. He asks intelligent/pertinent questions without ever trying to dominate as the two men dissect Boorman's first American film, offering a wealth of information, from technical details to entertaining anecdotes, to enhance the listenerfs understanding and appreciation of the film.
Naturally Boorman has much to say about Lee Marvin in their first film together which was the start of a life-long friendship (we learn that POINT BLANK also provided the surprise item Boorman took as a memento at the invitation of Marvin's widow upon his death).
All-in-all another excellent track that confirms Boorman's place alongside Oliver Stone, Terry Gilliam, and Francis Ford Coppola as one of the kings of the DVD Commentary.
[N.B. - this track is also available (along with the 2-part Making Of featurette from the Region 1 release) on the 2008 (Dutch?) Living Colour "Classic Cinema Collection" Region 2 release.]
Reviewed by grimjack on August 15th, 2018
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An excellent commentary track, featuring the director and the director who is one of Hollywoods biggest supporter of quality commentaries, Steven Soderbergh. They discuss everything one should in a commentary, and when one falters or misses something, the other director is sure to bring it up, even a scene later. This adds to the film, enhances future viewings, and answers some questions you might have watching it. Even a few very esoteric moments talking about cameras, lenses, and other technical stuff I dont understand, and maybe only other filmmakers would.
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