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Straight Time (1978)

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Commentary 1: Actor Dustin Hoffman and director Ulu Grosbard Rating:9.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by musíl65 on February 26th, 2015:Find all reviews by musíl65
Hoffman and Grosbard are a good team for this track. Hoffman started directing this movie and hired after a few days Grosband to direct. This is a topic of the track. Because of Hoffman was very involved in the pre-production he talks about the development of the script, the financing, the casting, the locations and his research.

Grosbard came during the shooting to the movie. He talks about the directing and the tone of the movie. Years before the project he gave the novel to Hoffman.

Both are sitting together for recording the track. It is a welcome addition to the movie. The track is very good. 9 out of 10.
Reviewed by frankasu03 on March 11th, 2015:Find all reviews by frankasu03
I agree with the above review. However, I find the description undersells what makes this a fascinating listen. First of all, the Director and Mr. Hoffman are recorded separately. Now, usually these tracks are edited so that the Director talks for the majority of the running time with 15-20 minutes of the leading actor piping in some audio from a press junket. Not so here. Editing audio from what appears to be two, separate, extremely thorough interviews, the result is a commentary ripe with insight. Both into the actual production, and the mental and physical preparedness Dustin Hoffman put into the project. Hoffman occupies the majority of this track, vividly recalling the many conversations he had with the real life "Con" Edward Bunker. Equally compelling is Hoffman's recollections of his own embarrassing moments as a young man, and how they influenced certain story elements within the film. A commentary as confessional, told uncensored from one of the great actors. 9/10