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Thief (1981)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Michael Mann and actor James Caan Rating:7.5/10 (12 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Kgprophet79 on June 21st, 2013:Find all reviews by Kgprophet79
Mann likes giving factual tidbits about the real life thief and police that this film was based on. Chicago also figures prominently in this film. James Caan is basically just along for the ride, but it's nice to hear two friends reminiscing about the film.
Reviewed by sedna on December 2nd, 2013:Find all reviews by sedna
Not one of the best of Mann's tracks. A lot of silences, and when comments do come in they're not very interesting or that informative where it even makes you appreciate the film more. The fact that he's joined in by Cann even hinders him since he's better off on his own when he can fully enrich his films by giving in depth backgrounds on characters, their motivations or by psychoanalyzing them. Here it's just a boring, uninteresting track that doesn't make me appreciate the film more or find out interesting behind the scenes info.
Reviewed by reidca on May 29th, 2014:Find all reviews by reidca
Disapponting commentary. I will take into account this is quite an early commentary from a major studio and not someone like Criterion (1995 MGM laserdisc) but the interesting stories and few and far between and there are significant patches of completely dead air or majorly uninteresting conversation such as "look at that" or "yeah Hoag made the guns". From memory Michael Mann's solo commentaries are much more interesting (Last Of The Mohicans springs to mind). 6/10
Reviewed by grimjack on May 27th, 2021:Find all reviews by grimjack
I like to think of this commentary as a good sign of things to come for Mann and his commentaries. He does some of the best, but this is not one of them. Just too much silence, and more like reminiscing, as this was recorded much later, and was probably focused on the things he had not learned to do as well yet.

While there are a lot of silent moments (just like the movie), when they talk it is fun to listen, and their pride in the film is felt.

Caan talks a lot about his preparation, and how well received his acting was in a few particular scenes. Mann talks a lot about the near documentary like portions of the script, and how realistic he wanted it to be.
Reviewed by Liam_gal on August 13th, 2022:Find all reviews by Liam_gal
Just two friends shooting the shit while watching the movie. I like it for what it is.