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This commentary is only available on the September 2007 Director's Cut DVD.
Commentaries on this disc:
Director Mark Lester
Rating:7.7/10 (6 votes) [
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Reviewed by reidca on May 9th, 2008
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This is a surprisingly exceptional track from director Lester. He has a great memory especially for all of the different locations and how they achieved certain shots (such as the airplane wheel and the rocket launcher scenes) and has a lot of time for his cast and crew. He especially compliments Rae Dawn Chong on her improvisational skills (which assisted her character) and her chemistry with Ahnold. BTW, Arnie did not do his own stunts (the swing to the lift was done by a really small circus man without a net) other than the crash through the glass doors towards the end. And Arnie sliced himself when he was doing the closeup of sheathing the knife towards the end when he suits up. Lester, of course, talks about all of the cuts that occurred during the garden shed scene and explains that the film was his idea of a James Bond film. Funniest anecdote was that the extras who played the dictator's army at the end kept shooting blanks into each other's butts.
Reviewed by zombking on June 10th, 2008
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Lester thankfully never really takes his film seriously, which makes this track worth listening to. He points out the history of some of the film's funnier sequences and gives us his basic philosophy of film. Overall, I'd recommend it for die hard (no pun intended) fans of Commando, but it's worth the time.
Reviewed by Mizz-E on September 29th, 2012
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A personal favourite track of mine because of director Lester's enthusiasm and love for his film. A very agreeable time filler, just like the film itself, just don't take it seriously. Only disappointment is Lester not addressing the many errors in the film, including camera's that can be seen, cardboard enemies (actor's included), wires on legs and that yellow Porsche that can't make it's mind up if it is damaged or not....
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