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The Boost (1988)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Harold Becker and actor James Woods Rating:7.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on November 23rd, 2015:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Give Director Harold Becker some credit for participating in numerous commentaries for his films. Those who've listened to his other tracks can be forgiven for nodding off, now and then. His monotone, nasal-tinged delivery can rock you to sleep at times. But, that doesn't take away from the usual bevy of high-quality information and stories he can provide. Thankfully, on "The Boost" (1988), he is joined by always-game James Woods. Mr. Woods injects this particular commentary with some vitality, as he never lets more than a few beats of silence pass without comment. Now, that usually means a description about the on-screen action, or character motivations. Admittedly, this becomes rather rote. Especially when viewing a film that is very much dated, and plays like a "by-the numbers" made-for-TV morality play. Becker chimes in with some production info from time to time, (Venice, CA substituted for Puerta Vallarta, his wife [the costume designer] contributed to the signature '80s look, etc). But, it's James Woods' (sometimes) tangential meanderings that holds your attention. No doubt which scene was his favorite to play (a poolside rendezvous with Sean Young), or his deep respect for the writer; it's incredibly refreshing to hear a veteran actor state what a relief a strong script is, noting that "improvisation" is not always the best choice. You get a bit frustrated when Woods mentions "The Onion Field," or his research for the Bill W. bio-pic. It leaves you wanting more stories about his other work, which I'm sure are fascinating. To summarize, we have an above-average duo commentary, dating to the "Enron" era of corporate greed and malfeascance (around 2000-2001) for a dated '80s film. Might be for diehards only, but '80s connoisseurs, and James Woods fans should enjoy "The Boost" track. 6.5/10