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Star Kid (1997)

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Commentary 1: Producer Jennie Lew Tugend and visual effects supervisor Thomas C. Rainone Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on July 5th, 2015:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Producer Tugend and EFX man Thomas Rainone are paired for what becomes a very engaging commentary. Jennie provides the requisite amount of cast and location information, including which L.A. suburbs provided the "everytown" look of "Star Kid." What really stand out, thanks to the addition of Rainone's own anecdotes, is the connectivity of this "Kid" production to virtually every effects specialist working during the '80s & '90s. A special effects or production design version of "6 degrees of..." The stuntman inside the cybersuit played the big baby in "Honey, I Blew up the Kid." Artwork contributed by the likes of "Screaming Mad" George, physical effects from Lou Carlucci, the man who gave us the revolving set from "Elm Street," and production design by C.J. Strawn of many "New Line" features. Rainone even ties many of the effects to his own work for "Bride of Re-Animator," and an unfortunate event on the set of "Lord of Illusions." Hint: it involves snakes and his donated classic car. "Star Kid" captures the early transition to CGI dominance, some with better results than others. Pretty remarkable how 300 effects shots were created for under $1 Million. Rainone and the producer help describe each step taken towards this goal. Occasional breaks of silence befall this track, but it certainly pays off for fans of "Star Kid" and the "real" effects twilight time of late 20th century moviedom. 8/10