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Melvin and Howard (1980)

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NOTE: This commentary is only available on the older Anchor Bay release, which is now out-of-print.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Jonathan Demme and production designer Toby Rafelson Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by badge on September 30th, 2014:Find all reviews by badge
For half of this commentary's running time there's some interesting backstories and intriguing nuggets of info (right from the opening credit font!) - unfortunately, "half" means just that: for the other half of the running time there's nothing happening while the commentators silently watch the film. Rafelson doesn't have a lot to add besides "Really?" and comments of general agreement and approval, but at least provides someone for Demme to talk to. It's quite a discovery to find out what the film-makers did to make the film as authentic as possible in the locations and people they used - you'd have never known otherwise.
Reviewed by frankasu03 on October 3rd, 2014:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Agree with badge here. Being that the film had some shooting in my native Las Vegas, I expected a little more trivia about location shooting and Howard Hughes particularly. The first half, as above, is quite informative with a steady dose of production and filming anecdotes. The Second half? I thought the participants walked out. Definitely a front loaded track, but it's Demme. He is usually a guarantee for an engaging and informative listen.