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The Glass Shield (1994)

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NOTE: This commentary is only available on the Miramax Collector's Series DVD.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Writer/director Charles Burnett and composer Stephen James Taylor Rating:7.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on January 23rd, 2016:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Charless Burnett and Stephen James Taylor make for a relaxed, and thoughtful commentary duo. Fans of "police expose procedurals" should benefit from a listen to this track. A fair amount of production information is revealed, such as the budget constraints and some fine anecdotes about "Ice Cube" and Bernie Casey (still "Solid" after years removed from Pro Football). The most fascinating aspect from Burnett's contribution is his own experience on "ride along" with the LAPD. Some of those adventures are more harrowing, and sadly, interesting, than the on-screen action. Stephen Taylor stands out as a composer who really effectively translates the role and execution of film scoring, especially to a "lay musician" like myself. Subtle, the way he chooses to withold music during key acting sequences, so as to not direct the audience's reaction one way or another. Also, Taylor points out how he integrated diverse sounds from Jazz, Gospel spirituals, and even "Hip Hop." From a composer whose CV is mostly animation, it is a quite impressive lesson throughout the commentary. Dated to the 10-year Anniversary of the relase of"Shield," certain references might seem antiquated (Yes, Kobe Bryant was once charged with Sex Assault). However, the issues of Police Procedure and Institutional Corruption are as relevant as ever, and the filmmakers provide commentary on both "The Glass Shield" and these issues. 7/10