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The Deer Hunter (1978)

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NOTE: This commentary is only available on the September 2005 "Legacy Series Edition" DVD. A different commentary track is available on the Region 2 special edition of "The Deer Hunter" from Studio Canal.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director of photography Vilmos Zsigmond and film journalist Bob Fisher Rating:9.3/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on August 6th, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
DOP Zsigmond is a treasure! Nearly 30 years after this classic film, Vilmos vividly recalls the most minute details of shooting Cimino's epic. I was surprised at how little his partner (journalist? moderator?) offered in the way of information about "Deer Hunter." He does serve to hit up Vilmos with a barrage of questions. It's not annoying, because you get a steady flow of insight for nearly the entire 3 hours. There's enough technical jargon to satisfy budding cinematographers, as well as stories about Deniro, Walken, and the rest of this star-studded cast. Most amazing is the "escape sequence" from the POW camp, filmed in the REAL River Kwai. How they managed to get these shots without killing half the crew is astonishing. I implore listeners out there to hang in there for the first hour, which is largely shot in a mill town, and can be rather deliberate (i.e. dull). The rest is commentary gold. 9/10