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The Boxer (1997)

NOTE: These commentary tracks are only available on the Collector's Edition DVD of The Boxer. The DTS version has no commentaries.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Writer/director/producer Jim Sheridan Rating:10.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by grimjack on May 30th, 2020:Find all reviews by grimjack
I am giving this one a 9.5 because I really enjoyed it, even though it is not as helpful as I normally demand a perfect commentary must be. It feels like he is taking us on a leisurely talk throughout the film.

Its interesting to hear him talk about the real life world that this part of Ireland actually was during the time it takes place, but purposefully does not want to try and explain to the American audience why the catholics hate the protestants.

But he does point out the house he grew up in, and how they constructed a giant wall across his street to separate the two religions. And little moments about seeing the aftermath of a bombing. And he even casually talks about how often he saw dead kids pulled out of the canal on a giant hook.

In a very Irish fashion he talks for over a minute about a close up of a guiness pint, and how it is the equivalent of a beautiful sunset vista in an American film.

But he does talk about various scenes, and acts like he is worried he made a bunch of mistakes. Or at least wishes he did some things different. He even had a fear that one scene will make people think of The Godfather which is a better film. And another will make them think of Raging Bull, which he knows is also a better film.

In another moment he has an epiphany that a movie is like when you talk to a girl you like for the first time. The first plot point is like your opening line that you try to hook her with, and it has to be just right. And how sometimes you will just know in the first few minutes if you are going to like the film, or just put up with it for two hours.

One odd point he ponders is how all the great directors seem to have been the shortest people in their school growing up.

I laughed when after a scene with the two leads briefly talking to each other, smiling, and walking on, he referred to it as an Irish Love Scene.

He speaks about how Daniel Day Lewis keeps up the accent off camera through all the months of the shoot. And he wonders what it must be like to find that voice again. And why doesnt he lose the sound of his real voice after doing it for so long?

He seems a little fixated on Emily Mortimer, and points out how Emily has eyes that are the exact opposite of Daniel, so you have to be careful and light them very differently.

Basically, it was surprisingly interesting and entertaining, even though he is not always talking about the film. But he does do that through most of it, sometimes commenting on the film technique, a lot of times on the bit players, and the real life stories that the script came from.
Commentary 2: Co-producer Arthur Lappin Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review