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Director William Friedkin
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Reviewed by OldSchool on October 12th, 2007
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I have mixed feelings about this track.It is very cool to finally have this film on dvd and to hear the director share stories of its conception,authenticity,troubled history and controversies.Unfortunately,Friedkin only spends roughly 30-40 percent
of his commentary discussing those topics while the remainder he (mostly) pisses away narrateing the action on screen.It is interesting to hear about Friedkins research(for example his visiting the type of leather clubs depicted in the film)or his interpetation of particuliar(often ambigious)scenes.It is not so interesting however to hear "in this scene,he is going to"...do *blank,blank.etc.etc. Especially when youve heard this narattion 4 or 5 times already.The commentary is a dissapointment in this respect.Its a shame really because Friendkin alwas comes across as a smart,charming storyteller in interviews and has a strong,calming voice well-suited to chat tracks and he has given greatly informative commentary elsewhere(the original Exorcist dvd,To live and die in LA.)In his lesser commentaries of the past he falls into his narration style* trap (like the updated Exorcist and Rules of enagement.) This
is the kind of commentary that CALLS out for an interviewer to guide/question the filmmaker.
Reviewed by Max Frost on February 19th, 2008
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Considering the history this film has, I was hoping for a deeper commentary. I like the movie but Friedkin still seems a little naive when it comes to the subject matter. The last half is mostly, "you see, this fellow is now opening a window..."
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