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Highlander (1986)

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NOTE: This commentary is on all Region 1 DVD releases of the movie. On laserdisc, it is only available on the 10th anniversary edition. The Ultimate Edition DVD (Regions 2 and 4) has a different commentary track by Mulcahy.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Russell Mulcahy and producers Peter S. Davis and William M. Panzer Rating:7.8/10 (5 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Dang on May 15th, 2008:Find all reviews by Dang
Interesting listen for fans of the movie. Lots of information about the production of the movie, the creative choices made, ideas that were changed, the actors, and the footage that was deleted when the movie was first released in the United States. One of the producers does most of the talking, asking Mulcahy questions when things get quiet. This commentary is recycled from the Laserdisc release. (At one point, they mention Highlander: Endgame, which was released in 2000 but had not yet been made at the time the commentary was recorded.)
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on September 11th, 2012:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
A good solid commentary. If you are from Europe - as I am - it's interesting to hear about what was cut from the US cut that the rest of the world got to see. The US really got a terribly hacked up cut of the film.

The commentary itself is insightful and laid back. I found Mulcahy to be the most interesting, which confirmed my suspicions that Davies and Panzer were not the sharpest of producers. I have a good few issues with the course that the Highlander 'franchise' took after '86 and this commentary goes to show (in my humble opinion) that without Mulcahy' involvement the whole affair probably wouldn't have gotten off the ground.

Theres a lot to be learned from this track, I especially enjoyed learning about all the location work in Scotland and Wales and the fact that so much of the New York interiors were faked in London. I can usually spot a fake New York set a mile off, but I was honestly stunned to find out so much was done in London.

A good commentary, that I have listened to many times over the years.
Reviewed by grimjack on December 24th, 2019:Find all reviews by grimjack
I heard this on my 10th Anniversary laserdisc. It is an all around good commentary with a few really standout points. (The deer is one of them.) And of course the stories about how rushed Sean Connery was, are well known.

I was amazed by this film when it came out, and you can feel his excitement at how much he enjoyed making it in many scenes. I get the feeling he matured as a filmmaker, and could now see some rough edges, and things he would do differently had he made the film years later when they recorded this. He seems fond of the film, but often focuses on what did not make it into the film.