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Summer Of Sam (1999)

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NOTE: This commentary is a Region 2 exclusive and does not appear on the Region 1 DVD.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Spike Lee Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on August 8th, 2006:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
Spike always has been a laid back interviewee and this is no different. With his low tones we do learn a lot about the film itself, the era it was set in (the 1970s) and get a great look into New York at that time. Hardly a rapid fire chat track so make sure you are wide awake when you listen to it.But i did learn a lot from his audio commentary
Reviewed by grimjack on September 21st, 2023:Find all reviews by grimjack
This review is for the blu-ray release made in 2020, where we had the director Spike Lee and lead actor John Leguizamo.

The director and lead actor (John Leguizamo) revisit the film 20 years after making it to do a fresh commentary, which was 20 years after the story took place. (John seems to feel that David Orussell copied a lot from this film into his American Hustle.) For some of this track it feels like they had not remembered all of it, or at least the order some scenes appeared.

They talk about both being young teens living in NY in 1977, but remember some of the insanity of that summer. A lot of complimenting of the actors who were not as well known as they are today. And they each point out which moments were adlibbed and changed later. And how the majority of the film was filmed in sequence, even though it made it cost a bit more.

And they talk about how rare it is to hear some of the disco songs used in the film, as many of the major hits of the time did not withstand the test of time. Also, Spike and John seem horny as hell, giggling at any moment of sex or tight outfit. John says he remembers there used to be ads on late night TV for the sex club the characters go to in the film. And finding extras for some of the set pieces was difficult, like the punk rock club, and Studio 54.

Evander Holyfield was in the film during the riots because he was talking to Spike and asked him if he could be in the film, and he said, Just come visit the set and we will find a place for you. And one insert of Reggie Jackson was current, not a film clip, and Spike admits he did that just because he really wanted to meet Reggie. And a closeup of a kid holding a signed ball by Mickey Mantle belonged to Spike Lee himself, from his personal collection.