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Freaks (1932)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: David J. Skal, author of "Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning, Hollywood's Master of the Macabre" (find all books by David J. Skal) Rating:8.5/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by more_human_then_human on November 2nd, 2008:Find all reviews by more_human_then_human
Insightful commentary and a true gem on this DVD. Fans of this movie will get a kick out of it.. One of Us One of Us!!
Reviewed by badge on July 7th, 2014:Find all reviews by badge
There's a lot of info on this track but also a lot of gaps where the soundtrack takes over - c'mon, this movie is only an hour long and has so much history and cult fandom behind it that it could easily accommodate a continuous commentary track. That aside, Skal does provide considerable background on the film, although much of it takes the form of mini-biographies of nearly everybody associated with it. The other major element of the track is, of course, the controversy surrounding the film, and it's fascinating to hear Skal point out all the deleted scenes (not necessarily due to censorship) throughout the movie.
Reviewed by musíl65 on October 14th, 2014:Find all reviews by musíl65
Skil is well informed about the movie. You get information about Ted Browning and the other actors. The best parts are about the reception of the movie, its re-release decades later, the censorship and Browning’s problems with the talkies. Most of the actors and Browning himself refused talking about the movie later.

I’m missing more facts about the deleted scenes and the concept of Freaks. Skil talks very dry. There are gaps on this track of 60 minutes. Poor.

The track is a nice addition to the documentary, but not a must. 7 out of 10.