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Assault on Precinct 13
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Director John Carpenter
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Reviewed by The Cubist on May 17th, 2005
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This is a deadly dull track as Carpenter basically describes what we are watching. While this may be great if you're blind it is tedious otherwise. The best Carpenter commentary tracks are when he is teamed up with someone else... this is not one of them. Avoid at all costs... unless you want to cure your insomnia.
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on March 5th, 2006
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While this is certainly not his best commentery. John does educate us a lot on the making of this film. This is a solo effort and so he does describe plot points a fair bit but this is mixed in with a lot of trivia from the 1976 film.
Not one to avoid, but not one to rush out and buy unless you are a hug John Carpenter fan (like me)
Reviewed by pat00139 on March 27th, 2007
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Mr. Carpenter is a very laid back man. (His voice is a kind of soporific, by the way.) He spends his time talking about the locations, the editing, the pace (or lack of it), some of the actors, the Panavision camera and some of the pitfalls of low-budget moviemaking. He says that the movie was made in less than 20 days (he can't quite remember) for a budget of around $100 000. He spends a lot of time explaining what's happening on screen, though. When he's not doing that, he's interesting. He mentions the set they built and how some of the shots were done (dolly shots are difficult with a low-budget, apparently). He also mentions all the little Howard Hawks references (Mr. Hawks is Mr. Carpenter's favorite director). It's a nice listen for a nice little movie. It has some dead time, and the reiterations of what's on screen aren't too interesting, but the rest is very good.
Reviewed by reidca on February 28th, 2008
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This is a disappointing commentary from Carpenter redeemed by his steadfast honesty about: the set accidents, how he would do things differently now as a more commercial director and the various flubs. Carpenter seems to be on auto-pilot here and I agree with above comments that the track may have been better had someone else (such as Austin Stoker) been with him. He seems unprepared, forgetting important details, makes the cardinal sin of narrating the action and often repeats himself such as constantly referring to 'todays standards' and generally becomes less and less interesting to listen to as the film progresses.
Reviewed by Thames Ironworks on March 29th, 2009
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I enjoyed the track and thought it was un-dynamic but interesting.
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