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Writer/director John Carpenter and co-writer Debra Hill
Rating:7.5/10 (15 votes) [
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Reviewed by pat00139 on February 28th, 2006
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Either Mr. Carpenterís voice is very soporific or I was tired when I started listening to this track. It is, nonetheless, a very good track. You hear some information here thatís repeated in the documentaries, but itís not very bad. The conception of the movie, the reaction to the movie, the intention of the movie and the actors are all addressed here. The special effects are also talked about at length. There are also many little stories from the set. For example, Janet Leigh had to cry in a scene, and there were 14 takes of that scene. She cried on cue on every take. Pretty impressive lady. They also talk a lot about the reshoots. It was very interesting to hear about all the specific shots that were done in that one month of reshoots. Mr. Carpenter also seems obsessed on telling you the locations of where they shot. Itís nice, tough. It shows how the movie was put together. All in all a good track thatís a fun listen. A lot of information here and hearing everything is never dull.
Reviewed by sedna on August 31st, 2013
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The review above me covers all the topics well. Nonstop insights on every scene. Little room is left for dead air. This is what commentaries should be like for every film. Generally, all of Carpenter's tracks are pretty damn good, whether they're screen specific or not.
Reviewed by reidca on August 10th, 2014
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On the more recent Scream Factory bluray there is a commentary moderated by Sean Clark with Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins and Tommy Lee Wallace. My recollection is that the Carpenter Hill track is better overall but this is decent and has a nice amiable quality between the three of them. Sean Clark does well not to be obtrusive and has a good and varied collection of stories. 6.5/10
Reviewed by Whispered on March 29th, 2017
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The new Barbeau Atkins Wallace commentary is very memorable, friendly, revealing, simply a joy hearing old friends reuniting to discuss a classic cult film. Wallace has the production details, Barbeau has the behind-the-behind-the-scenes details due to be the director's wife, and Atkins is the charming, self-effacing great guy you thought he probably was. All in all, a heartwarming track for a great 80s chiller.
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