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The Guardian (1990)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director William Friedkin and film historian Dennis Bartok Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on December 8th, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
The commentary left me a little "flat," since I was anticipating more of a "scene-specific" track. However, listening to this track without the film is a more engaging experience. Mr. Bartok of the "American Cinemateque" probes Director Friedkin on all manner of his film history and influences. The track is recorded prior to the release of "Rules of Engagement," so some topics seem dated, while others prescient (Bartok relates the recent Napster phenomenon with downloadable music to the future of digital movie delivery, years before Netflix! Way to go!). I would say this qualifies as a William Friedkin "Inside the Director's Studio." Tons of talk about "The Exorcist," "French Connection," and Friedkin's early foray in Television. The conversation is non-stop, including discussions on "real effects," the Horror genre, and "blockbuster" filmmaking. It's really worth a listen, even though I'll head to the "Rules of Engagement" commentary if I want to hear about that flick.8/10