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Stephen King's It (1990)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Tommy Lee Wallace, and actors Dennis Christopher, Tim Reid, John Ritter, and Richard Thomas Rating:8.3/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on June 17th, 2008:Find all reviews by frankasu03
This commentary was recorded in 2002 by cast members and Director Tommy Lee Wallace. Richard Thomas is recorded separately, while Tim Reid, Dennis Christopher, and the late Great John Ritter are recorded together. This latter group is highly entertaining to listen to and provide alot of laughs along the way. The director points out scenes that he felt were more effective than others, as well as elements of the book he could not explore due to budget constraints. The actors seem to recall the joy of working in an ensemble and spend alot of the time praising the efforts of their younger counterparts. It is obvious that Ritter was a huge fan of Stephen King. As a fan of John Ritter, this track, especially side 2, was a welcome and hilarious voice to hear again. 8 out of 10.
Reviewed by Julian on December 10th, 2008:Find all reviews by Julian
As mentioned in the first review, this is 3 tracks spliced together.
I find it all enjoyable. As someone who loves the book, this wasn't the greatest adaptation. Through listening to the director though, you learn about some of the limitations he faced in trying to bring the book to the small screen, and some of the challenges he faced in working this long book into a strong script. I found that between the three tracks there was a good balance of what went into making this movie (from the director), what it was like working on this movie as an actor, and the experiences they shared (the trio), and how one of the leads felt looking back at it a decade later (the solo actor). So between all this its quite an enjoyable track, and a worthwhile listen. As mentioned, its also comforting to hear John Ritter's voice again, now that he has sadly passed on.
Reviewed by Julian on December 11th, 2008:Find all reviews by Julian
Just to add to my review. Its a good track too because the actor's and the director are very honest about what they see as the mini-series' shortcomings. Also sad is a line by Ritter at the end about getting back together in Derry when they're 60 :(