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Director Tim Burton and interviewer Mark Salisbury
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Reviewed by Alexander on January 14th, 2005
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While I normally find commentaries of great movies of interest, the so called "commentary" for has little to do with what is going on on-screen. It consists entirely of someone asking Tim Burton questions and him answering them, while the movie plays in the background. For all we know, this was done in the next room over to the movie viewing, and therefore makes for a less interesting commentary track.
While the stuff he has to say is still good, it didn't do a good job at being what it was.
Reviewed by KaraokeGeek on April 9th, 2009
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I wholeheartedly agree with Alexander and would like to add that the moments their conversation DOES stray to the action on screen, Tim has a generic, brush aside answer or all out -lies- about what happened. ('We filled Albert up with helium' - tongue in cheek or not, it certainly doesn't tell us anything.)
Reviewed by badge on May 24th, 2015
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This is how all Tim Burton commentaries should be handled. He's obviously an interesting guy, but most of his commentary tracks are solo affairs and he's not up to the task of speaking continuously, leaving long spots of dead air. With a moderator on hand, Burton is always prompted to speak if he appears to run out of steam, and surprisingly he's always quick to give a well-informed answer. Here he acknowledges that BIG FISH is a little different to his previous pics and there's a good mix of questions about his approach to film-making in general as well as details about particular sequences in the movie. This one just about covers it all.
Reviewed by Agressor on August 21st, 2016
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I concur with the reviewer above me, Burton is surprisingly affable and chatty. For some reason I've never imagined him as being this easy and outspoken about his films, although that may be due to the other person being there and prodding him on. I've never listened to a Burton commentary before so I don't know what he's like when he's on his own.
Some may be vexed about the commentary not being completely scene-specifik but I enjoy hearing Burton philosophising on a range of topics, and he doesn't digress too much from the narrative.
It's not perfect though, there are som silent pauses near the end and we have to endure the ususal complimenting of the cast. These are no major complaints however as this is a solid commentary with a Burton on top form.
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