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Deliverance (1972)

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NOTE: This commentary track is only available on the September 2007 "Deluxe Edition" DVD. Air Max | Air Max Pas Cher

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director John Boorman Rating:8.3/10 (11 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr on February 1st, 2008:Find all reviews by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr
A great film deserves a great commentary. And Boorman delivers. He present us with a blend of behind the scenes revelations (you'll never watch the scene with the banjo-playing kid in the same light again!), technical information (his precise use of colour), and amusing anecdotes (like source author James Dickie's mind games with the cast).
We also learn how budget restrictions were turned to the films advantage, why Boorman doesn't like using stuntmen, and how the directive to film alternate scenes for the TV version - how times have changed - inadvertently produced the film's most celebrated line.
It's also clear how sharing the experience of making the film in such hostile conditions formed a lasting bond between cast and crew.
All this and he still finds time for a rant against the overuse of CGI in modern films!
Those who've read Boorman's autobiography (and everyone with an interest in cinema should), and/or watch the making of featurettes elsewhere on this disc first, will find some repetition but not enough to mar their enjoyment, and like the film itself this commentary is one I know I'll be able to return to and enjoy again.
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on September 4th, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
Loved this. He fills the running time quite well, and has enough to say about this masterpiece. He covers everything from casting to the photography and the difficulties of filming on water. He is really interesting to listen to, and when he discusses how he films, in as few takes as possible, you get the sense that this man does not like to waste time. And this track is no waste. I would listen to it again. 8/10
Reviewed by musíl65 on May 16th, 2011:Find all reviews by musíl65
Boorman talks very vivid about the casting, the script, working on the river, censorship, the colors of the movie, the photography and the meaning of the movie. He has a good memory for details. The track is good. 9 out of 10.
Reviewed by JWINGS on May 20th, 2011:Find all reviews by JWINGS
Excellent track!
Reviewed by reidca on September 14th, 2012:Find all reviews by reidca
Generally agree with the other comments made, this is a very very good track let down only by his repetitive comments about the dilution of the color (especially the leaves color) and the obligatory reference by a filmmaker against computers. Don't have a problem with his comments, but they appear shallow and lack compelling evidence. He did have ingeniously simple solutions for the 'effects' in the film. Boorman has a great memory for detail and clearly appreciated working with the different styles of the actors and all in all, top marks for an insightful and thoughtful commentary.