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Screenwriter Stephen King (also writer of source novel, "
"), director Mick Garris, actors Rob Lowe, Ruby Dee, Miguel Ferrer, and Jamey Sheridan, and editor Pat McMahon
Rating:6.8/10 (4 votes) [
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Reviewed by space guy on August 10th, 2004
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A Great track full of bewhind the scenes storys and information about the making of this film. Afew slow spots here and there, But at around six hours long that's to be expected.
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on December 15th, 2004
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I also loved this track. I remember thinking "no way will they talk for 6hrs" but they do pretty well as far as im concerned. Its made me seek out other Stephen King tracks. I will admit that i didnt listen to it all as 6hrs is a long time to listen to someone talking about a film, but i am in the process of listening to the remaining sections as i type this. The Stand is one of my all time favourite projects (not sure its a film, and i wouldnt class it as a series) and this chat track makes it that bit better by hearing the backstory and the production tales.
Reviewed by badge on July 1st, 2011
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Not unexpectedly, Garris and King have the most interesting contributions on this lengthy commentary series - a double-act that can also be found on their collaboration of the TV version of The Shining. The rest is filled in by the few actors on hand, with Lowe coming across as the most congenial, but the inclusion of Ruby Dee was, quite frankly, a mistake, partly because she doesn't have that much to say, but also because she draws it out with a wheezing, babbling delivery - my patience with the fast-forward button gave out around the third time she appeared. There's some insight into the differences/restrictions of making 'The Stand' for TV rather than as a feature film. Script/filming decisions are always interesting (did you know this was made in 16mm?), character motivations far less so - it's really irritating when everybody keeps talking about "Nick", "Tom", etc, as if they were real people with real histories and real viewpoints. Also the good-vs-evil and 'human nature' tropes keep getting brought up again and again, but that's fairly unavoidable for a 6-hour chatathon like this one.
Reviewed by Wayne on July 14th, 2011
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I very much agree with badge, Ruby Dee makes this Commentary intolerable to listen to.
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