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Director Kathryn Bigelow
Rating:4.5/10 (8 votes) [
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Reviewed by The Cubist on March 3rd, 2006
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While she makes some nice observations and is rightly proud of the film, her comments are few and far between on the track. It would’ve been nice to see her team-up with the film’s other screenwriter, Eric Red and/or some of the cast.
Reviewed by dascoyne on January 26th, 2007
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One of the most disappointing commentaries out there. Kathryn Bigelow does little more than describe what we're looking at. She offers little or no information about the production or cast. Waste of time, really - which is sad because it's a good film.
Reviewed by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr on July 20th, 2008
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The main thing you learn from this commentary is that Kathryn Bigelow doesn't have a big ego. Most directors seem only too keen to talk about their films, even ones that barely warrant a commentary track in the first place, but Bigelow is decidedly reluctant to speak about her work/self, and so insights into the film are few and far between - having fashioned a modern vampire classic I guess she just wants her film to speak for itself. A shame. Great film; nice lady; dull commentary.
Reviewed by clovenhoof on November 16th, 2008
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Huge disappointment. An all-time favourite movie, an all-time bust of a commentary.
Reviewed by frankasu03 on November 16th, 2015
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Hate to say it, but the above comments are pretty "spot-on." Bigelow is very gracious and helpfully reiterates thematic elements as the film progresses. But the overall pace is too leisurely, with some long sequences of "silence," which to me is commentary "death." The participation of Eric Red or Lance Henriksen would have benefited the track immensely. The stories one Mr. Henriksen could have told about his journey to the shoot, in which he picked up hitchhikers along the way, sound fascinating. Lance apparently did that to learn about the harsh existence of living "on the road." 4/10
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