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10 Rillington Place
This commentary is only available on the Special Edition (Sony, 2004. Region 2)
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Actor John Hurt
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Reviewed by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr on January 12th, 2008
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With the film's director long-retired (and now deceased), it fell to actor John Hurt to provide this 2004 commentary - Richard Attenborough restricts his involvement to a brief introduction to the film along with an extensive interview (the best of several extras on this nicely-produced disc) about what remains his finest achievement, in front of or behind the camera.
This seems to be Hurt's first attempt at a commentary, and it can't have been easy flying solo on his first outing, but he soon gets into it and keeps things moving smoothly, overcoming the potential difficulty of having to talk about scenes he had no involvement in by opening things out and regaling us with tales of the history of the studio where they filmed the interiors, his memories of the period portrayed in the film and the era it was shot, as well as reminding us of facets of the actual case and giving his own views on the protagonists.
There are a few silences - some dictated by the fact that Hurt admits to finding it difficult to think of anything to say over some of the film's more disturbing scenes - but they don't last long and listeners should stick with it because some of his most interesting and informative comments come with the unsettlingly authentic scenes of Evans's execution.
It all makes for a track that is enjoyable and informative in equal measure.
Well worth seeking out.
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