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Commentaries on this disc:
Actor Malcolm McDowell, screenwriter David Sherwin, and musician Alan Price
Rating:6.5/10 (2 votes) [
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Reviewed by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr on July 12th, 2008
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An enjoyable track with the three participants sharing their memories of the film and its director (who they all clearly held in high regard), but sadly not recorded together, meaning the track doesn't flow as well as it could. (Adding to this is Price's bizarre practice of introducing himself, with his full name, each time he makes a comment, which is hardly necessary, especially as he's a well-known singer with a distinctive voice, but at least he lightens up enough eventually to introduce himself just by his Christian name!)
As well as stopping the track flowing, their not being recorded together also allows room for some discrepancies in their memories/stories, such as when McDowell and Sherwin give completely different explanations for Travis's gold suit. This and a couple of other instances suggest that McDowell isn't above garnishing the truth/telling a tall tale or two, but it's all part of his charm and it's his reminiscences that prove the most consistently entertaining.
With a running time of over 3 hours, inevitably there are regular lulls in the commentary (this is one track where a moderator would have helped considerably in keeping things moving) but it's worth sticking with - and you can always take a break at the end of disc 1 as the film/commentary is spread over 2 discs!
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