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Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Executive producer Roger Corman and screenwriter John Sayles Rating:8.5/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on January 21st, 2013:Find all reviews by frankasu03
I would bypass the Gale Anne Hurd track and just stick to this commentary. If you've listened to Corman tracks before, you know you're in for a treat. Especially when he's joined by one of the many talented proteges his company would deliver to American cinema. Here, his "co-pilot" is the ever-engaging and thoughtful screenwriter-director John Sayles. The track proves to be a very insightful look into the world of "New World Pictures." As many know, "Battle Beyond..." was an early project for one James Cameron, and there are many great stories about big Jim's efforts and subsequent work. If you like Sayles, you know that his films and writing are always rather cerebral and multi-layered. Whether it's working in the "animal attack" genre, sports, politics, or "Sci-Fi," like this film. His comments make for great advice to screenwriters out there. Don't get me wrong, much of the track is devoted to filming "Battle Beyond..." and it gets rather scene specific at times; therefore, no fan of the space opera should be upset. This track proves that some of the best commentaries (like Soderberghs' frequent efforts) come from sitting down 2 filmmakers, and just letting them loose. Great track. 10/10
Commentary 2: Assistant production manager Gale Anne Hurd Rating:4.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by closedface on March 1st, 2009:Find all reviews by closedface
When she has something to say it's usually interesting, the problem is that she's silent a lot in this commentary.