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Boogie Nights (1997)


This information is for the Laserdisc release, not a DVD release.

NOTE: This commentary is only available on the Criterion Collection laserdisc of Boogie Nights. A slightly different edit of this commentary track is available on the "Platinum Series" release of the Boogie Nights DVD.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Paul Thomas Anderson, and actors Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, and Mark Wahlberg Rating:7.5/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by grimjack on January 9th, 2020:Find all reviews by grimjack
What an annoying commentary to listen to. We have all heard a track where the actors are just kind of there having a good time talking about the film. This is sort of like that, only imagine them being drunk, telling stories about times the other actors were bothering them, taking phone calls, leaving early, and only talking when their scenes came up.

There are only a few moments of greatness, almost all from Juliette Moore and Don Cheadle, who only talk when they are on the screen, as they were recorded separately from the other guys. Heather Graham was also recorded separately.

It gets better in the last 3rd, I am not sure why, but still not good.

The film deserved better, as it is incredibly well made, well thought out, the actors were at the top of their game, and probably could have talked a lot about their craft, difficulties of signing on to a film like this, and working around the great direction.

I bet Burt Reynolds would really have been something to listen to. Too bad he was not happy with the film when the commentary was made, as it was before he was winning awards for it.

Of note is the commentary during the 30 minutes of deleted scenes. It is just the director, and interesting. Or at least the first minute of each is, when he talks about why the scene was removed, but still good enough to be included on the disc. After that about half of it is just talking about how great the actors were, and how he hates to lose good footage.

Also, there is a 30 minute part of a John Holmes documentary, where PT includes a commentary talking about how that was the real inspiration for the film, a number of his sets, shots, and dialog, and he even points out film techniques from the porn shoots. This commentary is brief, but at least as interesting as the whole commentary on the film.