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Total Recall (1990)

NOTE: This commentary track is only on the "Special Edition" Total Recall DVD.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Paul Verhoeven and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger Rating:5.3/10 (22 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by bersonality on June 18th, 2004:Find all reviews by bersonality
Verhoven and Schwarzenegger. Verhoven gives some good insights. Arnold frequently interrupts to tell you what's happening on-screen or makes a bad joke that is funny due to its oddness rather than its humor (ex. When the Tri-Star logo - Pegasus - first appears, he says it's him running toward the screen. Huh?!?). The combo of Dutch and Austrian accents doesn't help.
Reviewed by JustinDecloux on August 23rd, 2004:Find all reviews by JustinDecloux
Ever wanted to have someone telegraph a movie for it's entire running time? This is what you have here, with Paul and Arnold pretty much explaining what the characters will do for the entire running time of the film. A waste of time.
Reviewed by closedface on February 8th, 2005:Find all reviews by closedface
a waste of time is correct. You can expect the whole movie to be like this:

Voerhoven: "This is where your character doesn't know if he can trust his wife!"

Arnold: "That's right, that's right, I don't know if I can trust her!"
Reviewed by Frank Zito on February 23rd, 2007:Find all reviews by Frank Zito
As a Dutchie and big fan of the film (and both Paul's oevre and most of Arnold's) this commentary was a disappointment in some ways but also provided some hilarity.
Paul's fat Dutch accent is even worse than Arnold's but it gives the whole things some charm.
He repeats himself a lot (look here is the bluescreen and here it's the real panels) and his constant filler phrase ('innit?) really gets on your nerves after a while. He sometimes gets so enthousiastic that he utters some Dutch words instead of English, which is kinda funny to hear.

But as other reviewers said, most of the time is spent on going over the plot, proclaiming what will happen in the scene (or how the event will manifest later on in the film) and Arnold joking or talking mainly about himself.
Some valuable little bits about shooting locations, actors and FX are there but can easily be obtained from the other docuemntaries on the making of Total Recall.

What's abvious is that both men like to talk about sex and women and I laughed about something typical Verhoeven when Sharon Stone apparently didn't want to take her top totally off in the early bed-scene -when Arnold wakes up from his dream of Mars- and he comments "I took revenge on her in Basic Instinct".
Reviewed by Agressor on November 22nd, 2009:Find all reviews by Agressor
Horrible commentary, made all the worse by two incomprehensible dialects, the only reason to listen to this is the unintentional humour they provide. Arnold dont provide a single line of useful information, settling with explaining what's happening on screen: I continually use him as a human shield and then throw him down the escalator! interspersed with him replying: right, right to something Verhoeven says.

Best bit: It's kind of funny that when Arnold talks it sometimes matches his lip movements on screen.
Reviewed by ZombieVittles on January 11th, 2010:Find all reviews by ZombieVittles
This may not be the most informative or insightful commentary track, but neither is this an informative or insightful film. If you like the movie for it's campy machismo and brutish enthusiasm, you'll enjoy the commentary for the same reasons. Arnold and Paul have a great time explaining the obvious and making bad jokes. The two men have titanic egos and proportionally large personalities which, coupled with their thick accents, makes for an entertaining commentary track that ranks among my personal favorites.
Reviewed by Akayz on September 10th, 2012:Find all reviews by Akayz
the ONLY reason to hear this.. is for Arnold Schwarzenegger's hilarity. The only interesting point, is the puppetry used.. other than that, you're in for a ridiculous commentary from the right off. And by right off.. I mean from when the film company logo pops up.
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on September 11th, 2012:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
A difficult commentary to listen to... I love Verhoeven as a director and even as a commentator (even when he does start screaming on his Starship Trooper track) and Im sure that if he was left to his own devices on this track we would have a fascinating commentary, unfortunately Arni ruins the whole affair. Previous reviews above have covered the reasons why and I agree with all the negative opinions.
This just feels like a lost opportunity. Verhoeven can do solo commentaries (see Flesh and Blood) the inclusion of Arni was a 'big mistake' (Last action Hero pun intended)
Reviewed by Mizz-E on September 29th, 2012:Find all reviews by Mizz-E
Very disappointing track considering who was involved and the reported $ Arnold was paid for it. Highlights are when Verhoeven talks about Sharon Stone refusing to get naked, something he proudly says he got her to do in his next film and anytime Arnold laughs at his own jokes on screen.