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Class of 1984 (1982)

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Commentary 1: Director Mark L. Lester and DVD Producer Perry Martin Rating:6.5/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by IPMichaelangelo on April 14th, 2006:Find all reviews by IPMichaelangelo
This is one of the best commentaries you'll hear on a DVD, as DVD Producer Perry Martin interviews Mark L. Lester about every aspect of making the film, from how the money was raised to filming in Toronto, from the cuts that were made to avoid an X rating to his surprise that Michael J. Fox became a huge star and not Timothy Van Patten. Every conceivable topic about the film is covered, and it's about as comprehensive a commentary you're going to find.
Reviewed by reidca on April 13th, 2012:Find all reviews by reidca
Perry Martin is always a good moderator but Mark Lester doesn't need much prompting and has a lot to say as a director and as a movie buff (casting Roddy MacDowell for example). He's maybe a fraction egotistical but also quite humble that it is one of his better efforts and is amiable about it's strengths and weaknesses. I would love to see the X rated version. It seems a very well prepared commentary and doesn't sound scripted or forced. 7/10
Reviewed by frankasu03 on August 24th, 2015:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Agree with the above reviews, a great match of moderator and an enthusiastic Lester. "Class" is put into a great context, with "Blackboard Jungle," "The Principal," and other juvenile delinquent pictures. The prescient nature of the flick is touched upon, with Lester pining for another picture that mixed the commercial elements with social commentary. The stories about Roddy McDowall are excellent, demonstrating a master craftsman who witnessed so much Hollywood history. The connection to "Clockwork Orange," in both the look and lingo of the"punks" is remarked upon. Coincidentally, Lester worked with Malcolm Mcdowell on "Class of 1999." It's an awesome track. Perry Martin moderated these "Anchor Bay" tracks with equal parts professionalism and appreciation. Terrific. 9/10
Reviewed by badge on December 26th, 2015:Find all reviews by badge
CLASS OF 1984 is an entertaining, efficient exploitation pic, but the way Lester effuses about it, you’d think it was some kind of groundbreaking cinematic masterpiece. Moderator Martin is always on hand to steer the conversation towards purely logistic elements such as rehearsals, schedules, locations, and these parts of the discussion are the most interesting. If left to his own devices, Lester would most likely deliver an hour and a half of hyperbolic nonsense (“It was number one everywhere in the world!”), highly dubious claims, (it failed as a preview because it was double-billed with Porky’s which was ‘full of kids’ and ’12-year old girls screaming and running out’ even though Porky’s was a restricted adults-only film), and pretension that is so obviously wrong-headed it’ll make you cringe (he states that a shot of the American flag is “Jungian Symbolism”!!). I don’t trust anyone who repeatedly uses the word “actually” to convince me what they’re is true, and this track doesn't inspire me to seek out any others by the director, although I am now interested in hearing more commentaries moderated by Martin.