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Thelma & Louise (1991)

NOTE: These commentaries are only on the Special Edition release.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Ridley Scott Rating:8.0/10 (20 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on July 9th, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Another solid track from Scott, who is a veteran at providing Commentary tracks at this point. There is a reference to "G.I. Jane," so I'm not sure as to when this track was recorded. Ridley provides the usual array of stories from the production. I always like when a Director starts with a rundown of his other projects, as they provide a basis for his choices on the current film. He points out the differences between creating worlds, such as "Blade Runner" and "Alien," and using an existing world, like the American West, as background for a story. He always gives specific experiences with his actors to display his admiration for them. Such as Geena Davis' refusal to have a Body Double for the "sex" scenes, and the ability of Chris McDonald to genuinely crack him up. There are some diversions to his experiences with Awards shows, and the unfortunate politics involved. I enjoy such tangents; others may wish Scott to stick to the on-screen action. I would recommend the track, especially the end. Here, you can compare the infamous finale with the less subtle "alternate" on the Bonus features. 8/10
Reviewed by sedna on March 13th, 2013:Find all reviews by sedna
Solid. As is expected from Ridley (or his brother) - never a dull moment and constantly divulging information either about the film or the craft of filmmaking. This is something Ridley does in each commentary I've heard so far. You won't waste your time with it.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on August 1st, 2013:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
Good, but too many stretches of silence. I was worried that Ridley was suffering from "Director hasn't seen the film, so he's going to watch it" syndrome. But he has quite a bit to say near the end.
Reviewed by Station51 on May 26th, 2016:Find all reviews by Station51
I think all of Ridleys"s commenntaries are good but this one is notable for his enthusiasm. Ridley is great for his honest, no-nonsense approach which even sometimes lends itself to him speaking badly of himself. He gets into the idea of why, as a man, or as the kind of man he is, should direct a movie about two female rebels that became something of a catalyst for third wave feminism or the independent 'liberated' woman in film. A strange choice indeed.

There are quite a few funny stories and it has an entertaining quality to it. He seems in a good mood that day which helps.
Reviewed by grimjack on January 2nd, 2020:Find all reviews by grimjack
Scott commentaries tend to be educational, but this one spent at least 15 percent talking about things he did on other films, that watching this one is reminding him of. It is kind of funny that you will learn about tricks he invented for Alien and Blade Runner, and he says for a new movie he is working on, I Am Legend, which obviously must not have been greenlit until at least a decade later.

He points out some subtle stuff the actors do, how important the cast was, and his shock at some very American things he put in his film because they seemed so foreign to him. The moments where the characters changed, and his disappointment that for the Oscars the actresses could not help from canceling each other out.

What he really got across well a number of times was how easy making this film was. How between the script, locations, and the actors, the film pretty much made itself, and no great feat of directing was needed.

(Although I suspect considering his earlier films were those listed above, any grounded film must have felt easy.)
Reviewed by musíl65 on August 21st, 2020:Find all reviews by musíl65
First Scott introduces himself. Then he talks about his carrier up to this movie. His background from the advertising is also mentioned.

He talks about the script, casting, the actors, the locations, the DP, the budget and the music. He explains some shots. He talks a little dry but without pauses. Sometimes he refers to Blade Runner or Alien.

It’s a very good track. 10 out of 10.
Commentary 2: Actors Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, and screenwriter Callie Khouri Rating:8.1/10 (15 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on July 9th, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
If you choose one track on the disc, pick Ridley Scott's. The "Ladies" track mainly involves giggles and memories from the shoot. Not bad in general, I really appreciated the Screenwriter's lament at the the lack of formidable, strong, female protagonists in film. The track just seems to run out of steam in the final hour plus, with lots of "I'm driving here..." and "I didn't shoot those holes in the trunk" there. For Die-hard "Thelma & Louise" fans, this is probably a lark.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on August 1st, 2013:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
It's okay, but again we have too many moments of silence. Really most of their commentary is talking about their clothes, laughing at Chris McDonald in every scene he's in, talking about how the movie spoke to people (cue the eye rolling) and how this movie was accused of being anti-men.

At times you can't hear what Callie is saying. Was her microphone not working?

Only worth watching once.
Reviewed by ipatrick on July 13th, 2015:Find all reviews by ipatrick
I thought both commentaries complemented each other. three people is a conversation, one person is a commentary and this is the case here. the actresses and screenwriter enjoy the movie together and have many anecdotes about the shooting but they also make a good commentary about the process of getting the movie made, about the struggle portrayed on screen and acting choices etc. callie khouri has a lot to say about her writing process and at no time do they go silent for more than maybe thirty seconds. I enjoyed it mroe than I did Scott's, his was much more of a commentary in the strict sense of the word and there's a bit of interpreting what's on screen but is an equally good listen.