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Director Oliver Stone
Rating:7.8/10 (13 votes) [
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Reviewed by Blunt on June 7th, 2004
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Oliver Stone is a controversial figure but one thing you can't deny -he knows how to talk ! It also helps that his films are often based on a factual situation in which he is invariably well-briefed. Add to that the fact that the production of his movies is never less than fraught and you have commentary heaven.
SALVADOR is, in my opinion, one of his two masterpieces ( the other being JFK ) and the commentary mirrors the film ; informative, dramatic and sometimes hilarious.
Reviewed by Gavin Millarrrrrrrrrr on July 19th, 2008
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It has to be said that this commentary is a bit of a disappointment compared to previous Stone ones. Early on he feels the need to apologise for the language/attitude of the lead character (surely he's not going soft in his old age?!) and this is followed by several lengthy silences where he can't seem to find anything to say (not usually a problem!). This is not just atypical but, considering the trials and tribulations detailed so entertainingly in the accompanying documentary, unfathomable.
When he does find things to say they are of course well worth hearing and add to the viewer's appreciation of the film, but overall it's definitely not up to his usual (very high) standard.
Reviewed by musíl65 on June 11th, 2012
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This commentary is quite good but below Stone’s average level. He talks about his third movie and the complicated circumstances of the shooting in Mexico. The political background of the movie is widely discussed. Also the input of the real Boyle is an interesting topic.
The other points are acting, the script, the perfect photography and the music department. Stone is not in top form for this track.
Worth listening, but could be better: 7 out of 10.
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