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The Arrival (1996)

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(Laserdisc)

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

NOTE: This commentary is only available on the Pioneer Special Edition laserdisc. The DVD releases do not have commentary tracks.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Screenwriter/director David Twohy Rating:7.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on July 18th, 2013:Find all reviews by frankasu03
I've always had a soft spot for "The Arrival." Enjoyed it when I was a kid, and it has a very underrated Charlie Sheen performance. Not nearly as intelligent as "Contact," or with the scope of "ID4," it's a guilty, pulpy pleasure nonetheless. I've searched out this commentary for a long time, and finally was able to track it down. Worth the wait? Not so much. There's just way too much dead air from Director Twohy, whose subsequent tracks are much more engaging and informative. For a Laserdisc track, gaps of silence are pretty much "par for the course." You have to remember that these were recorded in the mid-to-late '90s. So, these filmmakers can be forgiven for the lack of self-awareness when it comes to the expectations of a commentary audience. With all that preamble, the commentary does pick up some steam during the second half, as the movie's more technical sequences unfold. Lots of cool info on the computer generated elements, dated as they may be. Additionally, there are some fun anecdotes on Chaz Sheen, and plenty of technical goofs are pointed out, unabashedly. Twohy has a good sense of humor about the project, and shakes his head at some of the pulpier bits. Which is a wry joke in-of-itself; since he wrote "The Arrival." If this were a "Special Edition" DVD track years removed from the release, the track would be a bigger letdown. This one? Above average. At least I didn't have to flip the disc over.