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Hart's War (2002)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Gregory Hoblit, co-screenwriter Billy Ray, and actor Bruce Willis Rating:7.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Uniblab on December 19th, 2008:Find all reviews by Uniblab
This track, while not outstanding, fulfilled my expectations regarding what a commentary is supposed to be. Director Hoblit and especially screenwriter Billy Ray (who after this movie became quite an accomplished director himself) are very sincere and impartial about the movie and some failures on their part, and avoid the annoying and affected mutual and general compliments that are so common in commentaries, which is surprising given that it was recorded in the year of the movie's release and not for a "Director's Cut" or "10 Year Anniversary" new DVD release.
As for Willis' participation, it's very brief but interesting, and ends with a beautiful tribute by him to the present American military personnel; but his voice sounds like it was recorded over the phone, and sometimes he reacts to what the other two commentators say, sometimes he clearly seems to be separated from them.
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on August 22nd, 2012:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
I found this to be an extremely bizarre commentary. Not because of what was being said - the director and writer were extremely honest, Willis was extremely sincere... the big weird problem is that Willis was clearly recorded separately and whoever put this commentary together has tried to fake his participation in a group commentary.
At first I thought he might be communicating via satellite with the director and writer, perhaps on a TV screen with them in the room. But the more you listen the more obvious it is that he is in no way communicating with the other commentators, but the person who has put this together wants you to think he is, so he keeps adding Willis saying random words like 'exactly', 'I agree', 'that's right' etc in between the director and writer conversation. But it's obvious that these are just snatched words edited in.

A very strange but informative commentary.
Commentary 2: Producer David Foster Rating:5.5/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Uniblab on December 19th, 2008:Find all reviews by Uniblab
Producer Foster makes a more laid-back and personal commentary, with some pauses, offering interesting anecdotes from the production and the original book, whose author he knows, and also relating those with historical facts of WWII. He is very pleasant to listen to and generally doesn't repeat information from the other commentary.
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on August 23rd, 2012:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
Quite a patchy commentary. Producer David Foster imparts some interesting anecdotes about the production as well as some interesting information regarding the source material. But it's a bit too few and far between. Maybe the other commentary should have been left to the writer and director and the sparse comments by Willis be carried over to fill in the gaps in this commentary.