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Co-writer/director/actor Ron Howard and executive producer Roger Corman
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Reviewed by Brian Thibodeau on May 6th, 2004
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This is a surprisingly enjoyable track that plays like a fond reunion of mentor and student. Corman's single tracks on many of his own films (like those in the MGM Midnight Movies collection) are enjoyable enough as he's got a pretty sharp memory, but its nice to hear him joined by someone to whom he gave a first big break (with EAT MY DUST). As I'm not a huge fan of Ron Howard's oeuvre, or his commentaries on more recent work, I approached this track with some trepidation, but the ensuing 20 years have been kind to the participants memories, and hindsight allows for some very interesting anecdotes about low-budget filmmaking, including the backstory to how Howard got the job, how a small budget goes a long ways and how he called on family and friends (like TV-mom Marion Ross, real dad Rance and other familiar faces) to keep costs down. This track is nicely augmented by an casual conversational interview between the two included as a bonus feature (for those so inclined, a similarly enlightening conversation was taped twixt Corman and William Shatner for the excellent DVD of THE INTRUDER).
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