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A Million Ways to Die in the West
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Director/producer/co-screenwriter/actor Seth MacFarlane, co-screenwriters/executive producers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, and actor Charlize Theron
Rating:7.6/10 (10 votes) [
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Reviewed by foxforcefive on May 13th, 2015
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Seth and company spend a lot of time talking about the awful filming weather they had. Still all the people on the commentary are funny and have some interesting stories to tell. It's mostly fun to listen to.
Reviewed by Bakersfield on November 20th, 2015
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MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild and Charlize Theron deliver this funny, laid-back, informative and certainly not boring commentary track.
They are watching the movie together, they joke a lot, and there's basically no dead air. Every person has his time to shine and if you're a fan of the movie you will have fun with the commentary.
MacFarlane, Sulkin and Wild are focused on the different shooting locations (it is a Western after all), the script, the cameos, the inside jokes and the tricky balance of having some really violent scenes in a comedy movie. Theron, on the other hand, talks about her wardrobe a lot, points out the toughest scenes for her, mentions the dog she got while shooting, and talks about the difficulties of working on a long sequence while being really, really sick. She has a good sense of humor and most of her comments are quite funny.
Sulkin and Wild are as funny as MacFarlane and Theron and they crack jokes all the way through. All the participants are having a good time talking about the movie, and best of all, they're not afraid to make fun of themselves.
By the way, as someone who's really interested in film scores and cinematography I was really pleased to hear MacFarlane praising the work done by Joel McNeely and Michael Barrett. DPs and composers are often overlooked, so props to MacFarlane and company for spending some time on the music in the movie and the camera work.
A good listen for sure.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on September 5th, 2016
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Not gonna' lie, I did not set the bar high for what I was expecting with this commentary. But I was pleasantly surprised. Bakersfield said it best: "MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild and Charlize Theron deliver this funny, laid-back, informative and certainly not boring commentary track."
There's very little dead air and they do a lot of shout-outs to prominent members of the crew such as the composer, production designer, DP, etc..
Charlize is a nice addition to the track because she sort of represents us - the audience - asking questions about certain things and attempting to steer things back on track when they veer off.
There's enough useful information to make it worth a listen, but also enough levity that you can tell they're not taking it too seriously. Fans of MacFarlane or the movie in general will probably find this worth their time.
Reviewed by grimjack on August 9th, 2017
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Unlike the previous reviewer, I did have high hopes for this commentary after the very funny one Seth did for Ted (and even Ted2). Unfortunately this one fell flat for me. There werent a lot of laughs, but there were some big ones. And Im also disappointed that they didnt find more interesting things to talk about during the film. A lot of pointing out the cameos, talking about how hard it was to make, and a lot of references to things left out for one reason or another. Basically it was pretty standard for a commentary, but not with that much material that was interesting.
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