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Excalibur (1981)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director John Boorman Rating:7.6/10 (7 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Blunt on June 7th, 2004:Find all reviews by Blunt
The great revelation of this enjoyable commentary is just how much ingenuity went into making such a seemingly epic film on such a shoestring budget. It was a real labour of love for Boorman and his commentary reflects that. There are a few good tips to be had for those with ambitions to work in film and a smattering of amusing anecdotes for the more casual viewer.

Note, however, that this track is ONLY available on the R1 version.
Reviewed by Cinecdoche on May 27th, 2009:Find all reviews by Cinecdoche
I've owned this movie for years and consider it a classic from my childhood and never knew it had a commentary til recently. Boorman keeps pace with the film, it's difficulties and it's stand out moments. Great insights into the actors (note; early or first film performances by Byrne, Neeson and Stewart)and the source material Le Morte D'Arthur. One can watch this epic and take for granted much of the spectacle that it achieves repeatedly with the most basic effects available at the time. An engaging and informative listen.
Reviewed by grimjack on January 19th, 2020:Find all reviews by grimjack
I feel like this should be a little better. Boorman does not say anything for at least 20 percent of the film, and when he does another 20 percent might be him saying rather trivial things. A few times he explains what he is trying to do in the film and these were the best parts, as it helped me understand bits, even after seeing the film a dozen times.

The track seems to have been recorded in 1999, almost 20 years after the release, so there are a lot of comments about how he would do things better or differently now, as he did not have any digital effects in 1980, and his budget was so low that he knows a couple of effects could have been done better.

It is worth listening to if you love the film, but almost all the best parts are found in the imdb trivia.