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Film historian Rudy Behlmer
Rating:8.2/10 (16 votes) [
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Reviewed by directorscut on August 18th, 2004
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This commentary like the rest of Behlmer’s tracks is hugely informative, though perhaps to formal to be easily accessible. Behlmer gets his information directly from letters and Warner archives and he produces a detailed account of how the production came into being. He also gives briefs biographies for the main cast and crew. Unfortunately Behlmer appears to be reading a previously scripted commentary – giving his commentary a more formal, less spontaneous/passionate feel. This may make it hard to take in one go. But this method has an upside – there are no “ums” “ehs” or silences. The track is filled 100% with information. One thing that disappointed me with the track is the lack of on-screen specifics. Behlmer rarely discusses or breaks down a scene. Definitely a worthwhile 70 minutes.
Reviewed by aph86 on August 2nd, 2007
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An okay track. Lots of info and he is always talking. The only problem is he doesn’t seem to care about the movie that much.
Reviewed by captainsolo on November 21st, 2015
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Wonderful, warm and friendly tone and jam packed with information. Great track that you wish didn't have to end, like many of the classic monster tracks.
Reviewed by thegibson99 on January 19th, 2017
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There is so much information here it might require two viewings to catch everything! Yes, Rudy is probably reading an essay, but it never sounds monotonous like a person reading can be. He tries his best to add inflection. It's still not the liveliest commentary, which is why it doesn't get the highest marks from me. An otherwise solid commentary about pretty much everything you'd want to know about the film.
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