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Posts tagged ‘DVD Commentary Tracks’

3
Jan

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review and Disc Commentary Track: A Scanner Darkly (2006)

by NIR SHALEV

Philip K. Dick is one of the greatest sci-fi novelists of the 20th century and was also, rightly, hugely paranoid. He believed so much that the FBI and CIA had files on him that they did eventually decide to open case files on him. Unfortunately, even though he claims that they allowed him to see his files, the files simply claimed the fact that they wanted to open files on him for investigative reasons and there was nothing on him there at all. It’s a weird and sad type of irony. That was during the 1970s. Read more »

27
Dec

DVD of the Week – Review and Disc Commentary Track for Sunrise (1927)

by NIR SHALEV

Director F. W. Murnau is mostly remembered today for Nosferatu (1922) and Faust (1926), but his first American film, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, is his best film and also one of the greatest films ever made. Read more »

22
Mar

DVD of the Week – Disc Commentary Track for Chinatown (1974)

by NIR SHALEV

By reading my review for The Ghost Writer, one would notice that I am a great fan of Roman Polanski’s films. Chinatown, being his grand opus, is also one of the greatest film noirs of all time and its screenplay, arguably, is the best that was ever written. Trust me, this is not an exaggeration. Read more »

8
Feb

DVD of the Week – Disc Commentary Track for The Shining (1980)

by NIR SHALEV

I’ve chosen to dedicate my first review of a commentary track in 2011 to a Stanley Kubrick classic. The Shining is one of the greatest horror films of all times; a film that revolutionized the use of the steadicam and one that has masterful compositions showing Kubrick’s vision and genius as a filmmaker. Read more »

1
Jun

DVD of the Week – Disc Commentary Track for The Player (1992)

by NIR SHALEV

Director Robert Altman’s famous style of filmmaking involves hordes of actors pacing back and forth, and their dialogue overlaps one another. It’s not his original style because Orson Welles had used it back in the day and perfected it (most notably Touch of Evil (1958) and The Trial (1962)). And Welles wasn’t even the first. But Altman had managed to master it as well. When watching this film or The Long Goodbye (1973) or Gosford Park (2001) one can tell that they’re Altman films because of the familiar style. He is a master and this film is masterful. Read more »

20
Apr

DVD of the Week – Review of Defendor (2009)

by NIR SHALEV

Woody Harrelson is an actor of many talents. Just a few months back I’d praised his powerful and naturalistic performance in my review for the film The Messenger (2009) and lo and behold, he was nominated for an Oscar for it. Here, he plays Arthur Poppington, construction worker by day and crime fighter by night. And let me get this off my chest right now: this is one of Harrelson’s most endearing and human performances. Read more »

9
Feb

DVD of the Week – Disc Commentary Track for The Ninth Gate (1999)

by NIR SHALEV

Roman Polanski was always hit and miss with the critics but when it came to making movies, he made a great name for himself early on and managed to keep it up. One of his most unusual films, The Ninth Gate is about books and yes, the Devil. Read more »

18
Aug

DVD of the Week – Disc Commentary Track for The Roaring Twenties (1939)

by NIR SHALEV

The Roaring Twenties is a classic and expertly made gangster film from the great director Raoul Walsh (High Sierra, White Heat).  Eddie Bartlett (James Cagney), George Hally (Humphrey Bogart), and Lloyd Hart (Jeffrey Lynn) are three American soldiers during WWI who become friends.  Once the war is over and each goes his separate way, Eddie finds out what had happened to his country during the past couple of years.  His buddy finds him a job driving his cab part time for a while, but then he begins a lucrative career in bootlegging during Prohibition. Read more »

9
Jun

DVD of the Week – Disc Commentary Track for Oldboy (2003)

by NIR SHALEV

The premise is simple: while in a drunken rage Oh Dae-su is kidnapped from the streets of Seoul and thrown into a room to be imprisoned without knowing why or by whom, or for how long.  After 15 years he is suddenly released back into the world with a fresh suit and shades, a cell phone and revenge on his mind; he wants to find the perpetrator and kill him.  But the mastermind behind it all is wondering whether Oh Dae-su actually cares as to why he had him imprisoned.  So begins a classic tale of revenge that received a five minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival back in 2003. Read more »

12
May

DVD of the Week – Disc Commentary Track for Wizards (1977)

by NIR SHALEV

This week’s DVD of the week pick is the commentary track for Wizards. Wizards is an animated film about a battle between fairies and orcs and two wizard brothers who duel with one another.  Blackwolf is the evil brother and is a Hitler-type who finds and uses Nazi propaganda footage to pump up bile in his armies and to scare his enemies on the battlefield.  Avatar is the good brother who must find Blackwolf and rid the world of him. Read more »