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Old 12-09-21, 03:32 AM
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Commentaries by people who donít like the movie they are commenting on

Iíll start this one off with If You Meet Sartana Pray For Your Death. Got the Arrow box set. A dream come true to see this set come out. Finished the first movie in the series and dive right into the commentary. A commentary by a guy who doesnít know much about the movie and doesnít even like it. Spends the whole time talking about how he doesnít know this and that, why this is a bad movie, and how much better the other Sartana movies are. What a bad joke that Arrow played on me. The other commentaries in the set arenít very good but at least they didnít piss me off. Ah well. Itís still an awesome set.

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Re: Commentaries by people who donít like the movie they are commenting on

Malcolm McDowell did a commentary on Caligula, and he's not shy about trashing the movie and its producers. But unlike your example, I thought the commentary was great. Lots of interesting and funny stories from what had to be one of the most bizarre movie shoots of all time.
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Re: Commentaries by people who donít like the movie they are commenting on

Spartacus -- the Criterion DVD, the original novelist trashed several scenes in the movie which in his eyes made no sense or deviated from the source into poor story decisions.
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Affleck's commentary on Armageddon jumps to mind.
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There's a great commentary track on The Limey between the director and the writer, with the writer criticizing many aspects of the direction, and Soderberg defending his decisions. I like that it is neither bitter nor jokey, but a respectful, honest conversation.
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I seem to remember Disturbing Behavior had the director providing some pointed words about the cuts that were made by the studio to that film.
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The Italian Cannibal movies have their actors (Robert Kerman & Giovanni Radice) voicing their displeasure about the movies in Cannibal Ferox & Cannibal Holocaust. Although Kerman said he liked the movie a little bit more when the commentary ended.
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Malcolm McDowell did a commentary on Caligula, and he's not shy about trashing the movie and its producers. But unlike your example, I thought the commentary was great. Lots of interesting and funny stories from what had to be one of the most bizarre movie shoots of all time.
That is a fun one because McDowell isnít shy at all. When talking about how grand the lifestyle was of an upper class Roman he says that they once found a frozen dinosaur and ate it. That always fascinated me and Iíd like to know where he read or heard about this.
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Re: Commentaries by people who donít like the movie they are commenting on

Originally Posted by WillieMLF View Post
Affleck's commentary on Armageddon jumps to mind.
I maintain that Criterion didn't add Armageddon to the Collection. They added Ben Affleck's commentary for Armageddon to the Collection and included Armageddon by default.
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Re: Commentaries by people who donít like the movie they are commenting on

Raquel Welch (star) and Michael Sarne (director) have separate commentaries on MYRA BRECKENRIDGE (1970). No way they could have been in the same room at the same time to talk about it. Neither likes the film (or each other) very much, but Welch's commentary is witty and entertaining, much more so than the film itself. Sarne's is just sour grapes and whining about a gay conspiracy against him when making the film. I bought the disc just for Welch's commentary.
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HOUSE OF THE DEAD (2003) has a commentary by one of the producers who talks about how he disagrees with Uwe Boll's choices when directing the film, including during one scene with some particularly horrible dialogue, he says "I will forever regret not being on set this day, because I wouldn't have let them film this with this dialogue."

During another scene, a character starts genuinely crying because her friend is dead, and the producer makes note that there's nothing wrong with her performance, but this genuine emotion is SO out of place in this movie as it is that it just doesn't fit. He does say that Uwe was the director and had a very strong vision for the movie, but reading between the lines is clearly "And his vision totally sucked."

Another weird thing in various audio commentaries is when the person watching the movie doesn't care, so they just start telling you what's happening on screen. Like, yeah, we know! Or when a commentary participant starts talking about a later scene in the movie and stops and says "Oh, that's a spoiler, I shouldn't say that yet." They must not know how commentaries work and that odds are we've all seen the film if we're listening to the commentary.
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In his commentary for PCU Jeremy Piven mentions a few times his resentment that the director did not allow improvisation and they had to stick to the script.
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For the "Angel Heart" Special Edition DVD it looks like they attempted to bring Mickey Rourke in for a commentary but they had to repurpose it as a 10 minute interview/video commentary because he had nothing to say and didn't want to elaborate on the film.
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In his commentary for PCU Jeremy Piven mentions a few times his resentment that the director did not allow improvisation and they had to stick to the script.
I seem to remember in Singles, where he's mashing up Public Enemy and Elvis Costello, someone mentioned that they had to pay an ungodly sum for that improvised song.

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