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You Must Watch With Commentary Track On!!!


The DVD commentary track with James Elroy and another film historian is highly entertaining when not completely hysterical. It's better than the movie.

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That was Eddie Muller, and if this was the first commentary you've heard from him, you're in for a real treat.

You can view his website for an in depth view of Muller, but as soon as you can, check out his commentaries on Fallen Angel, Roadhouse, The Prowler, and especially, Born to Kill, where his personal anecdotes of Lawrence Tierney are worth the price pf admission.

In a field overrun with dry, self important, academic hacks, (Drew Caspar anyone?),
Eddie is a breath of fresh air.

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Ditto!

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The first thing I noticed about this commentary track is that in their zeal to minimize the importance of the TV series "The Lineup", the commentators falsely claim that the TV show was frequently a case of a studio show and never did much on location and that the movie was an opportunity to break from that. In point of fact, the TV series was *noted* for its frequent use of location filming long before the film was made.

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thanks for the heads up!



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That was one of the worst commentary tracks I've ever listened to, especially Ellroy, and it certainly wasn't better than the movie. It made me wonder if Ellroy is a misanthrope or if he somehow thought playing one was witty. "Oh, this procedural stuff is so boring! Can we stick to the criminals?" Let's just ignore the repartee between the lead investigator and the coroner and accuse characters of being gay for no particular reason! I suddenly had insight into why those disclaimers about commentaries are there at the beginning of DVD's.

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