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Against All Odds (1984)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Taylor Hackford and screenwriter Eric Hughes Rating:8.3/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on March 5th, 2014:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Taylor Hackford delivers about as thorough an account a filmmaker can. Assisted by writer, Eric Hughes, Hackford talks about the journey "Against All Odds" took from pre-production to filming and its' inextricable tie-in to popular music of the time. The opening 20 minutes of this commentary is devoted to the films' humble origins as the production team guided the film from Paramount to Columbia pictures. What follows from there is an exhaustive telling about the movies' cast, location shoots, and numerous stunts. Hackford makes all of these anecdotes engaging and informative for the listener, and pulls no punches in delivering the goods. Especially intriguing are the stories about filming in Chichen Itza, as well as controlling a major L.A. roadway to capture the thrilling chase sequence in the opening 1st act. Great stories about Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges (of whom the studio had concerns of his "Box Office potential"), and James Woods (fresh off his all too believable villainous turn in "The Onion Field") are peppered in throughout. Fantastic commentary to accompany this "California Noir" classic from the '80s. 10/10
Commentary 2: Director Taylor Hackford and actors Jeff Bridges and James Woods Rating:9.5/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on June 23rd, 2015:Find all reviews by frankasu03
While the 1st commentary delves into the preproduction and logistical aspects of creating "Odds," the 2nd track (recorded sometime in 1999) captures a jovial trio strolling down "memory lane." Jeff Bridges, channeling the "Dude," is all California Cool. Humbly giving credit to all of his co-stars and even singling out which specific stuntman is deserving of praise. Fans of James Woods should enjoy his enthusiasm, as he offers a nice mix of trivia and wit. Every time Richard Widmark appears, James can't help but point out the legendary actor's penchant for "Hot Cakes." Surprisingly, Woods has a depth of knowledge about Los Angeles, specifically its' geography and social strata. Hackford is always the nimble moderator, peppering in "behind-the-scenes" nitty gritty while ribbing his old pal Bridges for putting on a little weight in between roles. Some asides date the commentary, as Woods speaks about his recent work on "On Any Given Sunday." It leads to a fairly accurate tangent about the fate of American Football Players. Funny asides abound, like what a good sport Brian Brown was, for allowing his honeymoon to coincide with filming in the Yucatan. It's a real party with these three. You almost feel like you were there at "The Palace," as Kid Creole regaled the cast and crew with "My Male Curiosity" no less than 500 times. 9/10
Reviewed by musíl65 on March 31st, 2016:Find all reviews by musíl65
The three guys are sitting in a room together and are doing a terrific job. Hackford is the guide of this track. He talks about the locations, the script, the actors, the music and the DP. He refers to the other track on this DVD for the details of the production.

The best thing here is the conversation between the three. Acting and the team is a big topic. Woods delivers a lot of details about the life in L.A. This is a real asset to the movie. They analyse the story in an interesting way. Bridges talks about his career till this movie. The part about the car case and about the sport is good. The track is also very funny. You are hearing three friends talking about their experience making this movie. They are having a good time.

The track is great. 10 out of 10.