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Tarantino's audio commentary ruins this


I hate how Tarantino comes across like he's more important than Jack Hill on the commentary. Wish they used Johnny Legend with Hill instead.


Young, fast, scientific..

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haven't seen the film, haven't heard the commentary - are you saying that Tarantino steals the show as always?




Old, slow and ehmm... non-scientific.

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Yes, but not in a good way.


I'm watching Michael Moore expose the Awful Truth/I'm listening to Public Enemy and Reagan Youth...

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I haven't seen this movie or a Jack Hill movie. I just stumble in here cause I was planning to see Spider Baby and wanted to see what other movies he has done.

Anyway, I watched CHungking Express and his intro and ending comments sort've ruined the movie for me. If that wasn't bad enough, he plastered his ugly mug and name across the dvd case. If a movie is special to me or a childhood movie it is sure to be to someone else and by doing these kind of things, it ruins it for everyone else so I'm not sure I would call him a fan.
Unless this was a marketing ploy he was forced to do. However, I doubt it since he went above and beyond with the commentaries and stuff

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There is a reason he has his face on the DVD, and why he has the commentary. The film was released under HIS DVD Label - Rolling Thunder Pictures. he created the label so he could "Give the films I love a second chance, when they didn't even have much of a first chance". He picked the movies himself, and its likely that without him you wouldn't own the DVD.

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Actually Hill and Johnny Legend were planning to rerelease it on Something Weird until Tarantino became involved.

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Tarantino never "steals the show" as you put it; he just "steals" the ideas of other, better artists and claims them as his own..

"IMdB; where 14 year olds can act like jaded 40 year old critics...'

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I saw the film on Channel 4 in the UK a while ago, and hardly anyone here knows about this film!

There isn't a video or dvd release after Tarantino went on about it.

Still, I heard he tries to act cool like he knows all about the film inside out in the commentary but makes an ass out of himself once or twice.

Is it really that bad?

David Campbell
Linwood, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

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Lolz I saw it on Channel 4 aaages ago too, I found it quite amusing. Apparently a Brit DVD has just come out here (or so Ebay tells me lol), but I haven't seen it anywhere.

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A r2 dvd was availble in england for a limited release for a couple of months before it was withdrawn for some reason i dont know. Its not availble anymore to buy exepect from ebay. I remeber before it was releaseD, i ordered it from play.com and it took ages before it was sent out.It was at least 3-4 months wait before i got it even tho they took payment for it.

anyways about the tarantino commentary, As much as i think hes a great director his commentary did ruin it abit, i would have prefured Jack Hill commentary instead of tarentino. About a year ago i was in regular contact with Jack Hill via email about my switchblade sisters site. I asked him about tarantinos commentary and he said 'it was largly down to tarentino the dvd got a limited release and he was a massive fan of the films so he gave him the honors' basically.

I have a question for anyone reading this, I got my hands on a lobby card set and miramax production notes for the release on to tarantinos rolling thunder label back in 1996 i beleive. I was wondering are these sets very rare???

Cheers Donna

I SIGNED UP FOR FUN- (Battle Royale)

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I agree completely.

I wanted to hear Jack Hill talk about making the film, and his experiences with the actors, and Tarrantino kept interrupting him. I thought he was going to be basically interviewing Jack Hill, and helping to move the discussion along, but instead he kept interjecting about what happened when he watched the movie with his famous friends. It irked me that Tarrantino seemed to think that his experience watching the movie was anywhere near as important to hear about as Jack Hill's experience making it.

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Ok I just watched this movie...I really enjoyed it, BUT I must take issue with a few things.

First off, Tarantino's intro to the movie IS annoying as hell. I love the guy, but JEEZ, they should have had him do a re-take or something. His delivery of those "lines" from the script was jaw-droppingly awful...maybe that was the point?

But his OUTRO was terrific! Instead of distractingly looking down at the teleprompter/cue cards, he actually looks INTO the camera and tells some great stories about the movie. You'd think it was a different person.

Next, I completely disagree about the Tarantino commentary track, if anything, he gives this film WAAAAY more credit than it deserves, and really "sells" it to Jack Hill.. I also thought his interpretations of the film's dialogue were more on the money than even Hill was aware of. There IS a distinctive style to that dialogue that works in a weirdly ambiguous way. Its the combination of campy nostalgia and quasi-fetishistic female inflections and dynamics (Maggie's reaction to the "search" for example) that really makes this film work IMO. Its truly unique, whether accidental or not.

Tarantino seemed MUCH more enamoured of the actresses than Hill, and I for one agree with him. I thought the actresses did a great job and I was surprised how infrequently I found myself laughing AT this movie. I laughed like hell at Coffy, but not this one. Yes, that "If you leave, it'll be BAD!" line gets a (wonderful) condescending laugh, but much of the other campy dialogue worked exceedingly well.

I don't think Tarantino ruins this film with his commentary, in fact I wish he'd record MORE commentaries. The guy's a walking film encyclopedia, lets see his knowedge put to more use!!! That being said, there WERE a few moments during which Hill seemed to feel a bit uncomfortable due to Tarantino's poking fun at a few continuity errors, and I thought that was a bit arrogant. Its obvious he's a much better director than Hill, why rub it in? Still, his observations were very perceptive.

Did I mention the movie is about as fun as can be? See it.

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tarantino frequently tries to make himself look much more important than he is.

perhaps he is overcompensating due to the fact that he is a high school dropout.

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I'm sure nothing means more to him than a high school diploma, especially with all the millions he's making now, huh?

Grow up and move on.

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"I'm sure nothing means more to him than a high school diploma, especially with all the millions he's making now, huh?

Grow up and move on."

Uh...yeah, because it's a sure sign you're "growing up" when you value money more than than education, intelligence, and knowledge, huh?

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Thats not even what the person said...

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"Thats not even what the person said..."

Yes, it is. I quoted that person word for word, the entirety of his/her post.

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What does a piece of paper have to do with how intelligent you are?

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"What does a piece of paper have to do with how intelligent you are?"

What does MONEY have to do with how intelligent you are?

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"What does MONEY have to do with how intelligent you are?"

What does "intelligce" have to do with how happy you are with yourself?

(so you need to compensate)

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Idiot.

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Amen, celia.
(yes, I realize your post is over 9 years old)

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Firstly I enjoyed the film a lot - very entertaining, I love Jack Hill's style and humour. But I have to say, I kind of enjoyed Tarantino's commentary - I like hearing him talk about films, and it was fun to hear him and Hill's chatter. Perhaps he was a bit overbearing at times, particularly since Jack Hill sounded quite frail (understandably since he's in his 70s), but I didn't think Tarantino was rude - that's just his enthusiastic character I think. Also I can forgive him this because I most likely never would of got to see this film if it wasn't for his DVD label - it's a real shame that Rolling Thunders shut down, I loved the whole series he put out, and thought it was a great idea to give films who hadn't really had much of a chance in their original releases a chance to be re-appreciated.

George Washington was in a cult, and the cult was into aliens, man. (Dazed and Confused)

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What? You mean there's somebody who actually listens to stupid Directors' comments? Nobody I've ever known.

Mr. Tarantino is a good writer/director. But he should keep his mouth shut and NEVER appear in one of his films.

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Yeah, he endlessly refers to his own films while sniffling on coke drip.

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Mr. Tarantino is a good writer/director. But he should keep his mouth shut and NEVER appear in one of his films.


Agreed agreed agreed!!!

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Why on earth would Quentin Tarantino even consider himself worthy of commenting on a film he didn't make? I realized he helped get it into distribution, but so what?

Honestly, I'd rather just watch a movie again rather than hear the commentary, but I'd be even less inclined to hear Quentin babbling about this film. Ditto for John Waters' commentary for "Mommie Dearest." I can provide my own witty observations about a film I didn't make.

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I just finished watching the DVD with Quentin and Hill's commentary track -- after seeing the film many, many times before, including on the big screen here in LA (introduced by the great Johnny Legend).

Anyway, I did find Quentin overbearing at times and he could be a bit overly-enthusiastic but you wanna know something? Hill by himself is kind of a quiet guy and I think he needed someone like Quentin to get him going on some of the cast stories and such. Sure, maybe Quentin could have toned himself down 10-20% but a commentary by Hill alone might not have been that interesting. \

My .02 worth.

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Thanks for your two cents, a bargain at twice the price! I guess some directors just aren't that talkative, so if Quentin helps liven things up, so be it. I'm not big on commentaries anyway, and usually I'll just watch a film without commentary again.

That's so cool that the legendary Johnny Legend introduced your screening. I have seen "Switchblade Sisters" on the big screen (midnight show, of course), but without any fanfare.

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Indeed. They just don't make fun trash like this anymore, and when they try, it's just pathetic.

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There are two types of people in the world -- those that get this film and those that don't. If my wife didn't like this film when we were dating then she and I would have never married. That's just the way it is.

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How lucky you found her! I suspect the vast majority of the world consists of people who don't get this film, but I'm happy to be in the minority here, and I feel completely alive when I watch movies like this because they strike me at the core.

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Yeah, she's a cool chick. On our first date we watched Roger Corman's "Bucket of Blood" and she thought it was hilarious...

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What a find! I wish you many happy years together watching extremely campy and undeniably entertaining movies.

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"Why on earth would Quentin Tarantino even consider himself worthy of commenting on a film he didn't make? I realized he helped get it into distribution, but so what?"

So what? As a fan and a distributer he is a nice choice for the commentary. I haven't heard it though so I can't comment on how good or bad it really is.....

"Honestly, I'd rather just watch a movie again rather than hear the commentary, but I'd be even less inclined to hear Quentin babbling about this film." Ditto for John Waters' commentary for "Mommie Dearest." I can provide my own witty observations about a film I didn't make."

I respect your feelings but some people (and I am one of them) actually enjoy commentary when it's good and informative in a fun way. I will actually buy a film I have seen before if I have heard that the commentary is good.
I have heard some truely bad commentary of many films from directors and actors who are inarticulate. I am surprised by your comment about John Waters. Having seen Mommie Dearest countless times before the age of DVD, and having been a fan of John Waters for years, I found his commentary to be one of the best! I never watch that film anymore without his commentary. I already know the lines by heart! My friends and I watch with John Waters because it's like watching with another friend.
We can all "provide (our) own witty observations about a film (we) didn't make...." but he reflected many of my feelings and did it in an entertaining manner.

As for Switchblade Sisters, I absolutly loved it! My kind of movie!

"Fasten your seat belts!
It's going to be a bumpy night!"

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If it wasn't for Tarantino, you would never have heard of this film. Unless you were watching B-movies in 1976.

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I saw it in a rat infested grindhouse when it first came out.

Believe it or not, people did know about films before Tarantino.

Bite me, fanboy! -- Lobo

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