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Natural Born Killers
This commentary is only available on the director's cut DVD release.
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Director Oliver Stone
Rating:7.7/10 (15 votes) [
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Reviewed by Blunt on June 7th, 2004
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For my money, Stone is just about the best there is at the commentary game. He's lucid and knowledgeable and he comes to the table prepared.
If you can't stand him or his politics, his commentaries aren't going to change your opinion.
That said, I don't like all his films, and I was pretty lukewarm about NBK when I saw it in the cinema. The best thing I can say for this track is that I really found myself re-assessing it in the light of his comments. It's still not a film I love, but I understand his reasons for making the decisions he made.
As ever, Stone is no-nonsense about the extreme circumstances of the film's production and on what he thought of Tarantino's original script. There's no sycophancy here and no pointing out his cousin on the left by the shopfront - none of the trivia that afflicts so many commentaries. You might end up throwing the disc out of the window but it WON'T be because you're bored.
Reviewed by Jchgf on September 1st, 2006
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Whenever I feel down or need a morale booster, I pop in this commentary track and skip to the last chapter, where Oliver speaks of creativity, love and dark times over Leonard Cohen's "The Future". It almost sounds like poetry to me.
Reviewed by Bickle, T. on July 23rd, 2009
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Stone, with his steady, soothing voice, is the perfect catalyst for the grisly images the film presents. He is wonderful at explaining and justifying the violence of the movie. Another great, thorough Stone track.
Reviewed by Magneat-o on March 6th, 2015
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Oliver Stone's commentary always seems to come out of left field regarding aspects of the film. He talks more about the inspiration for the interpretations of the story he's directing. ( Eg; ' I wanted to portray this mans sense of loss over this situation because yada, yada' ). Basically how he took the story and shaped it into his own point of view. There are very few technical aspects but occasionally a few insights into his methods of filmmaking.
He's often morose and a little too serious so expect something humorless from him always.
I think he sees himself as some sort of seer and sagely poet for the masses and while that could be a noble thing, his line of thinking is also devoid of life and levity.
He's a dark brooding sort of guy. So is this film. It's a spit in the eye of mass media and consumerism. An angry one. It's his punk film. The audience didn't get it. Few people would, except for Oliver himself of course.
At the end of the movie there's this diatribe against society and the media which sums up a few of his philosophies. It's very insightful and it gives a glimpse into his motivation in the making of this film.
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