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The Magnificent Seven
Commentaries on this disc:
Producer Walter Mirisch, assistant director Robert Relyea, and actors James Coburn and Eli Wallach
Rating:7.4/10 (9 votes) [
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Reviewed by directorscut on July 20th, 2004
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This is a very pleasant commentary in which the participants reminisce on the shooting of the film. That reminiscing does lead to quite a bit of back-slapping, but it isnít too annoying. Eli Wallach seems to appreciate his role (and career) very much and is quite humble and self-depreciating in his comments. The producer offers information of how films like this were made back then, which I found quite interesting as films back then were conceived and made quite differently than today. James Coburn does seem to be recorded separately, although a lot of his comments play off the others. He adds vigour to the proceedings and is quite amusing. The track has a laid back (though not boring) vibe and occasionally there are patches of silence, but nothing too annoying. Overall a very good commentary, that fans of the film or genre should find interesting.
Reviewed by Uniblab on July 26th, 2009
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Although the opportunity of having a commentary for a Golden Age classic with original members is very rare (James Coburn himself died just a year or so after recording it) and usually preferable to listening to critics or film historians who had nothing to do with the movie whatsoever, this one is quite disappointing. It's good to hear everyone talk about John Sturges, and tell some of their impressions of the movie and its making, but they end up not imparting any considerable amount of information. Mirisch and Relyea don't talk very much and everyone is more interested in telling random reminiscences that, while interesting by themselves, don't make the commentary as good as it could be.
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