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A History of Violence
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Director David Cronenberg
Rating:8.2/10 (38 votes) [
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Reviewed by stuartbannerman on March 21st, 2006
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David once again takes us into the minds of the characters in his latest film. He talks about there mental state, what they might be thinking and feeling.
David is someone whos commenteries can make an average film better as he dishes out information on things we never even thought about when we watch his films for the first time.
This is a decent chat track as far as i am concerned, but then again i dont ever tire of listening to Mr Cronenberg talking.
Reviewed by ducard on April 1st, 2006
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The coolness in his voice doesn't hide his fascinating insights in making this masterpiece which is actually better the 2nd time you see it.
Reviewed by Brian on March 9th, 2007
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You really do get much more out of this film after you hear the commentary. That is more than you can ask from a commentary. Great info on how much Bello and Mortensen got into their roles.
Reviewed by reidca on February 21st, 2008
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Cronenberg is a master of the commentary form and is it any surprise he only ever does them alone? Insightful, thoughtful and gently humourous this is chock full of detail and there are many times I thought the filmmaker was directly talking to me - rarely does a commentary answers questions you have about a film while still maintaining that veil of magic about it (Mr Friedkin are you hearing this?). Cronenberg flatly denies that the film is David Lynch in style (I always thought it was) and believes this is the first time a certain sexual position was performed in a mainstream American film.
His anecdotes are many: the hotel was used previously in eXistenZ, the bar in The Fly, how Mortensen liked to decorate the sets with found items, how he obtained dvd's from the net on how to kill people on the street for the violent scenes and the real bruises Mario Bello obtained during the staircase sex scene. He also points out many things I probably only subconciously had realised: the cook's dream about stabbing his wife to be, the color of shirts of the softball team, the Ford/Hawks western motifs throughout, the numerous times that Mortensen would briefly drop into "Joey" mode, plus one that he hints at but never states out loud: that this film shares a kinship with Scanners - both are films about brothers. It's a shame all commentaries aren't this good, but then again, films are never this good.
Reviewed by Bickle, T. on May 19th, 2009
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Completely agree with the previous posts. Cronenberg is a masterful voice to listen to. This track makes his great film even better.
Reviewed by sedna on January 18th, 2013
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Agreed with everyone above. Masterful commentator. Cronenberg is incredibly interesting to listen to, he sucks you into the film even more. He's actually quite like Michael Mann - he gives you a breakdown, philosophical and analytical insight into all the characters and story. You'll also find tidbits about filmmaking which is always a treat to young filmmakers. I recommend this highly
Reviewed by ipatrick on April 30th, 2014
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I thought there was a bit too much interpretation and telling the audience what's going every minute of the film than actual directors insight.
I still enjoyed it and thought it was a good commentary but a great portion of it was repeated from the dvd documentaries.
Reviewed by musíl65 on November 24th, 2014
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This is a very vivid track by Cronenberg. There are no gaps. He talks about the script, the locations, the actors, the photography and his long time team. He also gives an analysis of the movie. Nearly every aspect of the movie is mentioned. Cronenberg has always something interesting to say.
The track is a must. 10 out of 10.
Reviewed by grimjack on January 4th, 2020
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Very detailed, like Cronenberg always is. Parts will feel a little redundant if you watched the documentary on the disc first, but it still absolutely makes you appreciate a great film even more. He goes into detail about how and why he filmed certain things, points out details in the actors performances, and has a lot to say about the ideas in the film and what drew him to it.
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