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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
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Director W.D. Richter
Rating:5.3/10 (7 votes) [
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Reviewed by closedface on February 8th, 2005
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how well you take to this commentary depends on how well you like people pretending that BB is real and then requisite routines about how the movie differs from the real life encounters with aliens. I'd rather hear more about the genesis behind the film.
Reviewed by badge on March 4th, 2010
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For a movie that is, to put it mildly, a mess, an audio commentary by the director and writer would be a golden opportunity to provide a more cohesive wrapup of everything that BUCKAROO was planned to be, and turned out to be. Instead, director Richter is paired with the "real life" Reno (a character in the story, being played by writer Earl MacRauch) who contributes deadpan gravelly-voiced interjections while both maintain the one-joke premise that everything in the movie is factual and that Buckaroo is a real person. It gets tiresome pretty quickly and you'd have to be a diehard fan to get any enjoyment out of this for an hour and 40 minutes. If you sift through all the malarky you'll get occasional facts about the production of the film (for example, the producer's threat to close the film down if Peter Weller wore red glasses!) but then, since everything else is being pretended you're not inclined to believe Richter when he's being serious either, so what's the point?
Reviewed by Kgprophet79 on June 21st, 2013
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For me, a 'joke' commentary is not really a commentary. The filmmaker obviously enjoyed taking on this fictional persona, but a good deal of the improv didn't entertain me that much.
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