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Splash (1984)

NOTE: This commentary track is only on the "20th Anniversary Splash DVD.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Ron Howard, producer Brian Glazer, and writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel Rating:8.4/10 (5 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on November 15th, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
This is really a fun and informative group commentary. All four participants are in the room, and the writing team of Bobaloo and Lowell Ganz really liven up the commentary. Director Howard hasn't seen the film since its' release back in '84, but quickly recalls his first foray with a studio project. He reveals some fun anecdotes about working with Hanks and John Candy, the difficulty of shooting all those underwater scenes, and recounts his experiences on other films such as "Night Shift," and "Cocoon." Producer Grazer is along for the ride, and provides some insight into making movies under the "Disney" (Touchstone's first film) banner. Also, the difficulty of filming on location in New York City. The real "bonus" is Ganz and Mandell; they provide a nice "101" course in screenwriting, especially traditional 3-act comedies. They also have some stories about writing "Parenthood" and 'Shift.' All in all, a nice example of a group of friends and filmmakers revisiting their early work. 8/10
Reviewed by reidca on June 9th, 2021:Find all reviews by reidca
This was a better commentary than I expected. Maybe the type of film and the speakers had lead me to believe this would be a bit dull. But there is a nice balance between the clear madness of the writers and Howard’s clear cut demeanor.

Grazer is a bit annoying though. Typically I hate commentaries where all they do is point out the cameos and they do do that here but this track is an absolute minefield of detail both specific and filmmaking in general. They talk about penalties which you never really hear about, the PG rating and the formation of Touchstone as a result, Hanks and Hannah’s methods and process. This is a treat especially for fans. 8/10