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Actors Jean-Claude Van Damme and Michael Rooker
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Reviewed by gsyren on June 14th, 2004
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The box just mentions "Audio commentary with Jean-Claude Van Damme", but the commentary track is actually two commentaries rolled into one; one with Van Damme and one with Michael Rooker. And thank goodness for that. Listening to Van Damme throughout the whole film would have driven me insane. Michael Rooker actually has something to say that is worth listening to. And to make things even worse, on the few occasions that Van Dammes comments are actually scene specific, they often seem to be misplaced. You go "What? Who? Where?".
Van Damme should stick to acting. Not that he's all that good at it, but it sure is a lot more entertaining than his commentary...
Reviewed by pat00139 on December 16th, 2007
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Unfortunately, I don't feel the same as gysren.
There's a certain kitsch appeal of having Jean-Claude Van Damme in a commentary. If you listened to and 'Evil Dead' track and there was a caterer there, would it really matter what they said? I generally don't tracks that are spliced together from different people. These two not being together, their comments are thusly presented. The problem with this thing's editing is that it sometimes seems like the two actors are talking about the same scene at the same time. To compensate for this, whoever edited the track had one actor's comments start out before that particular scene, and the other's after it. If you pay attention, it's not too hard to understand, though. Both actors talk about each other (easy to work with), they talk about the director (good worker), and give out some nice little production tales (to get Mr. Rooker's head to bleed in one scene, they had to put a blood bag on a gun, and they really had to bonk Mr. Rooker's head with the gun). Mr. Rooker says what scenes he shot and how long some scenes were shot. Ditto for Mr. Van Damme. The production took 50 days, because Mr. Lam wanted 50 days, no more, no less. The original script was a comedy. They do end up just narrating what's in the movie, so that gets kind of useless. Overall, it's okay, but I would’ve preferred having them together or having more Mr. Van Damme.
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