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Director Mel Gibson
Rating:4.5/10 (23 votes) [
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Reviewed by scroll2b on December 7th, 2004
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Mel Gibson's commentary virtually kills all enthusiasm that the greatest of fans may hold for this film with this boring, ultra spaced out commentary. Many times he knocks the achievements of the film and doesn't carry on about all the elements involved with this heavy production. Combined with the so-called making-of documentary, the viewer is left merely with a great film and little details.
Perhaps this modesty was the precursor for the DVD release of Gibson's next film, The Passion of the Christ, which has nothing on it, save for a DTS track. I gave this commentary a TWO, even though I have website on the film!
Reviewed by mikl on May 29th, 2005
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I think this commentary is Gibsons first and it's not entirely that good. He stays much on facts and trivia on the actor and the sets and is generally not that talky. You certainly miss some insight on his inspirations, his decisions and how he chose to tell the story. He does not sound all that enthusiastic all the time and you sometimes wonder if it's really true that this guy actually directed this fantastic movie. This great film certainly deserves a better commentary than this! He picks up the pace a bit though in the second half and talks more about what he wanted from the different scenes, historic (in)differences etc. There are some nice passages but it's overall a bit dull.
Let's hope we get a SE version of this DVD soon with a better commentary track or maybe even one from Randall Wallace (screenwriter) or a historian.
Reviewed by AZtoCA on January 27th, 2008
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The BEst PArt is when he says "Spielberg ripped me off" (not exactly those words butt)
he talks about him taking shot ideas for i believe Saving private ryan or some talky
overall its 5 out of 10
Reviewed by Dead-Eye on October 29th, 2008
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it has already been stated that Mel Gibson does not sound too enthusiastic. However, it does not need to. In my opinion the commentary fit well to the mood of the film. I liked the timing because you could still follow the film.
Mel Gibson is a prominent person and it was quite a surprise for me that he did a DVD commentary.
It was a nice and still interesting experience so I give it a 7 / 10
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on September 26th, 2012
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Not a great commentary... it's a bit sparse, with quite a few decent sized gaps in the first half of the film, plus it sounds like it was recorded on pretty bad equipment, or it's mixed badly, Im not sure.
However, it is pretty interesting. When Gibson gets going he's got some interesting things to say.
I suspect this track would have been better if Gibson was with someone else, such as writer Randall Wallace. Or maybe 1st AD David Tomblin who Gibson talks about at length throughout.
A film like this deserves a much better track, or better yet, multiple tracks. Kingdom of heaven with it's many commentaries and in-depth documents should serve as an example for how any future Blu-Rays of Braveheart should be handled. However, I doubt this will ever happen.
Reviewed by Station51 on April 30th, 2016
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What a weird commentary. Gibson rarely says anything but when he does it's damn interesting. Just be prepared to watch the movie while listening because that's what you'll be doing most of the time. Still worth it to learn a few things.
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on June 15th, 2019
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I agree with the other reviewers for the most part. This commentary was a slough. I generally feel that "selected-scene" commentaries are a slight to anyone buying the dvd, but in case, I think consolidating the scant comments by Mel down to an hour or so would have been beneficial, as he does speak rarely on this track, but he is insightful when he does.
Reviewed by grimjack on May 2nd, 2022
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Feels like he only talks for a bit less than half the time, and it feels like mostly during the scenes I personally would have most liked to hear his thoughts on. He comes on and off so abruptly and talks for a while that it almost felt like one of those commentaries pasted together by different people interviewed, but they lost the tracks of the other people.
I will say he is interesting when he does say something, so I gave it a 5 out of 10.
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