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8MM (1999)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Joel Schumacher Rating:7.4/10 (5 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on April 12th, 2005:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
this was also one of the very early chat tracks that i listened to. In fact i think this was the one that persuaded me to purchase a DVD player.
Joel Schumacher is always worth a listen. He tends to think every actor was wonderful so if you want dirt dished, then listen to Kevin Smith instead. But Joel gives us a good overview of what goes on in his films. Who was originally cast. Some scenes that were cut, the research that went into the film. He doesnt remain silent for periods of time like some directors. (thank god!!!)
He is one of those people whos commenteries are worth seeking out (he has done them for many films incl: Tigerland, Lost Boys,Phone Booth.
He is recommended. As is this commentary.
Reviewed by Mizz-E on September 29th, 2012:Find all reviews by Mizz-E
An interesting film not just because Schumacher gives plenty of insight into the film, but also because the film has been so maligned and despised by the critics, hearing his opinion is essential to understanding why he made it. Knowing that he had to tone the film down a lot to get the R rating, it makes you want to see a director's cut in the future, not that that will happen anytime soon. A good track for a very misjudged and misunderstood film.
Reviewed by grimjack on December 31st, 2020:Find all reviews by grimjack
I actually was a bit disappointed, as Schumacher normally has exceptionally interesting commentary tracks. Not only was he more quiet and muted than usual, but he went off on many tangents lasting for minutes, spent far too long merely praising an actor or design of a set, when we might want to be learning about exactly what went into a scene. And he mentions some things, but then does not go into any detail.

He talks or a little bit about how he had made an NC-17 film that needed to be cut for R, but does not specify too much of what got cut. Or how through good direction he got away from showing the types of graphic things it takes to earn an NC-17.

Some points of interesting are his pointing out Norman Reedus, saying he is sure to be a big deal some day. And he talks about test audience screenings (not just for this film), and the usual critiques a great film often receives at them.

Also disappointing is how this track is not as helpful to film makers as tracks on other films are.