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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

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NOTE: The second commentary with William Goldman is only available on the June 2006 Ultimate Collector's Edition release.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director George Roy Hill, director of photography Conrad Hall, lyricist Hal David, and dialogue coach Robert Crawford Rating:6.2/10 (9 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on June 12th, 2006:Find all reviews by The Cubist
This track provides a history of the production with plenty of anecdotes. The studio didnít want Robert Redford and director George Roy Hill says that he asked Paul Newman to use his clout to cast the up-and-coming actor. All of the participants give the lowdown on every scene on this very informative track.
Reviewed by Agressor on March 5th, 2011:Find all reviews by Agressor
I found this commentary a bit of a mess. I usually don't have a problem with "cut & paste" commentarys but here it's just to fragmented. The advantage with a single person or a group of people commenting together is that they (mostly) follow the action on screen and can comment on individual scenes or break away on a tangent in less important parts of the film. Here we get situations where someone starts telling an anecdote that takes up quite a lot of screen time then in the middle of it they edit in someone else telling another anecdote, not necessarily relevant to whats happening on screen, only to cut back to the former person continuing with his anecdote. And they still manage to have silent bits in between! Apart from this it's not a bad commentary but it's not great, with a seminal film like this it's impossible to not make it least worth a listen, but I cant help feeling disappointed the result which is a passable commentary consisting of the usual blend of something interesting, something funny and something pointless.

Favorite part: the fencing bet.
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on September 27th, 2012:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
I found this to be a bit of a mixed bag.
It's a true treat to hear from the late, great DP Conrad Hall and he has some great stories of early film studio days to tell. Hal David doesn't really add much. George Hall appears to be reading from notes (reminded me of Robert Wises track on Star Trek the Motion Picture) While Robert Crawford has some great behind the scenes stories.

It's a bit up and down, there is some great trivia to be had here. I found Crawford and Hall to be especially interesting.
Reviewed by ipatrick on June 5th, 2015:Find all reviews by ipatrick
it's highly technical and very anecdotical, it offers good insight on the shooting and all commentators are participating throughout the track. I didn't enjoy it but it's not bad.
Commentary 2: Screenwriter William Goldman Rating:7.8/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by The Cubist on June 12th, 2006:Find all reviews by The Cubist
This is a much stronger track as Goldman candidly voices his opinions. He was worried that the film would be too funny because in test screenings, the audience laughed all the way through it. Goldman remembers that Hill took out some of the jokes as a result. Goldman points out that westerns are about confrontation and yet Butch and Sundance spend most of the film running away! This is an excellent track as Goldman doesnít just talk about the film but the state of cinema now as well as the business side of things.
Reviewed by Agressor on March 5th, 2011:Find all reviews by Agressor
A moderately better commentary than the first one. It's just one person talking and the author hits a fine balance between elaborating on the making of the film and offering his view on the state of the modern film industry.

Unfortunately there are way to many and to long silent parts and repetitions, he even apologizes for being repetitious at one point.

One more thing that bothered me was when he pointed out something specific to focus on without explaining why, like when he tells us to watch how Katharine Ross rides away in one scene. I saw nothing but her riding a horse! I sure would like to know what I was supposed look at.

Still, for the most part he brings interesting facts and opinions to the table and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this commentary before the other one on the disc.