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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

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

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Sydney Pollack Rating:9.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on January 18th, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
Sydney Pollack is always great to listen to. I like the sound and authority of his voice. He knows what he’s doing, and what he’s saying, and he is honest about it. He explains how the project came to him and that he didn’t think it was as good as everyone else did. He had done four movies until then, but this was the breakthrough.

He covers most parts of the making of the film, casting, rewriting the script, how to keep continuity, how it was impossible to get normal speed and slow motion in the same shot. He also speaks a little about the way people reacted to the film, and that he knew how people would react to previews of two different cuts. Even though Pollack was very early in his career in 1969 it seems very clear that he knows all there is to know about the process of making film. There are a few breaks here and there in this commentary, but you never feel like he misses any information. Great commentary, shame it is only on laserdisc. 8/10
Commentary 2: Actors Jane Fonda, Bonnie Bedelia, Michael Sarrazin, and Red Buttons, former president of ABC Pictures/CAA agent Martin Baum, and hair stylist Sydney Guilaroff Rating:5.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on January 18th, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
This was not as good as the Pollack track. All people are recorded separately and one after the other in segments. Around 20 minutes a piece or so, longer for some, less for others.

The first one up is Jane Fonda, and is a delight to listen to, and at the end you wish she were doing a solo track. Because after Jane is done, she is never to be heard from again, and it can only go downhill from there. It is almost like they started with the best ones and just insert the bad ones at the end to fill time. And there is also a great deal of pause between the segments. Some people are good to listen to, but after about halfway this takes a turn for the uninteresting. 5/10