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Blue Thunder (1983)

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NOTE: This commentary is only on the Blue Thunder Special Edition DVD.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director John Badham Rating:7.7/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on October 30th, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
A tremendous track from Director Badham, concerning one of the best examples of "real effects" caught on film. John gives a good account of filming "Thunder" in the early '80s, right before the disaster that occured during the "Twilight Zone Movie." These aerial stunts just are not done anymore, and the pain-staking lengths the crew went through to pull this off is astounding. I love hearing about an airsick Malcolm McDowall, daredevilish chopper pilots, and ticked-off law enforcement in the city of Angels. Prescient enough, this special track allows Badham's comments to occur after September 2001. So many of the stunts really strike you differently today. One of the founder's of "Dream Quest" Imaging, joins the track about midway through to inform the making of the F-14 sequences, signalling the transformation of EFX to the world of Computers. There are also nice stories about the more personal moments, like Roy Scheider's fondness for "Sun worshipping," and the inherent likability of Daniel Stern. But, when the action amps up, so does the commentary. Solid 9/10
Reviewed by indio10 on November 18th, 2012:Find all reviews by indio10
A worthwhile commentary from Badham. When Malcom flies thru L.A.
with scared expression plastered on his face. Badham remarks that is
certainly for real... He was scared to death...and when Roy flinches
with explosions behind him, It is real also...
Badham remarks that he didn't obviously expect it to be that loud
and big.
This is a movie worth watching to remind us the intrusion of government, only today, they are replacing helicopters with drones.
Roy where are you when we need you ? Great music too.
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on June 8th, 2016:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
A good, solid and informative commentary. Director John Badham does the vast amount of the talking and what he has to say is extremely interesting. Editor Frank Morriss appears to be the quiet type and rarely adds anything. SFX supervisor Hoyt Yeatman turns up towards the end and has quite a lot to talk about.
I really enjoyed the track and it made me appreciate the film a whole lot more.