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Screenwriter/director Bob Gale and actor James Marsden
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Reviewed by frankasu03 on September 16th, 2015
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Bob Gale has always been an underrated commentator. Just review his contributions to the tracks from "Used Cars," & the "Back to the Future" trilogy. So, it is no surprise that the Directors commentary for his feature debut effort is filled to the brim with humor, trivia, and production anecdotes. Gale is joined by Marsden and a 3rd individual who I can only assume is the editor. This gent chimes in with a compliment for James, namely how easy it was to edit his scenes together. The track was recorded sometime around the film's home video release, as there are references to Mike Tyson and his nearly complete face tattoo. Director Gale called in many favors to get "Interstate" off the ground. As quickly as the cameos come and go, Bob is always ready with a tremendous anecdote about each star. Some highlights include: Kurt Russell as the libretarian sheriff, who has more dialogue in this film than in his last 4 movies combined. One can only assume Kurt is referring to "Soldier," "3000 Miles to Graceland," and "Breakdown." Michael J Fox wanted to play an "asshole" for the first time. And perennial iconoclast Gary Oldman was surprisingly chummy, unless unprofessional hijinx like an open "walkie-talkie" interrupted a take. Those who know Gale's taste will appreciate the homages to everything from "The Twilight Zone," to the "3 Stooges" (paging Dr. FineBurg). Since the filming was primarily in Toronto (as well as Arizona), one can't help but comment on the connections to the first "X-men" installment. James can be seen reading "Uncanny X-men," and some bit players carry over from that production. For those wishing to learn about the intricacies of rights issues, look no further. Gale details who cooperated (Marvel Comics, the NHL, and Spielberg) and those entities that did not (MLB, the NFL, John Williams). Fascinating to learn how easy use of a Frank Sinatra tune is, once your film is not released in domestic theatres. Released only internationally in theatres, "Interstate 60" went straight to DVD in the states, thus making the licensing of the SInatra song affordable. Gale is also unafraid to be a little politically incorrect: hear about the crew's infatuation with an underrage bitplayer, or take Gale's comments about Ann-Margaret: "She was a bit spaced out from the Pain Meds." Very refreshing indeed. Marsden, for his part, does not idle. He talks about his excitement with working with the star of "Bye Bye Birdie," his early work with Amy Smart (a shout out to "Campfire Tales"), and how he always ends up being the short guy on every film set. This is a terrific example of a veteran producer, cutting loose on all the aspects of filmmaking, from the props department, to thinning out the Heinz Ketchup, to using visual effects to create a not-so-magic "8-ball." This is 115 minutes of commentary gold. 9.60 out of 10.
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