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Director John Badham
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Reviewed by The Cubist on September 28th, 2007
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He talks about how thousands of Travolta fans would show up to any exterior scenes and disrupt filming, forcing the production to stop for the day. Badham mentions how the studio objected to the gritty tone and language in the film but he fought to keep it in. The director delivers decent if not sometimes dorky observations and recounts some fascinating anecdotes about filming.
Reviewed by Agressor on May 9th, 2014
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A decent commentary, Badham, who was a late addition to the film (a fact that I was surprised was not covered during the commentary), is well spoken and has a good commentary voice.
He starts with explaining that the opening shot immediately sets the scene with the bridge separating Brooklyn and Manhattan, which is a theme throughout the movie. He keeps talking about the deeper aspects of the movie, heralding the writer for creating characters who Badham sees as the reason the film has last for as long as it has and he often mentions how complex the characters are.
Another interesting thing is that the movie is exclusively seen from Travolta's characters point of view, Badham wanted a scene where we see his friend getting beaten up instead of just hearing about it, but the writer pointed out that since Travolta wasn't there when it happened we can't see it.
The nature of the film makes for a varied commentary as Badham can switch between pointing out not-so-subtle digs on religion to telling us that the single most expensive part of the production was the light-up floor in the disco that cost 15000 $.
My favorite moment was when he pointed out that the shot of the condoms in Anette's hand was an early example of product placement and he was given a lifetime supply of condoms for it, that he donated to charity.
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