Site Columns By Michelle
August 26, 2005 - 8:40 PM

Hello World!

I spent Wednesday evening watching the Gladiator special edition with the commentary track on. It was a dilemma whether to watch the extended film once through without the commentary distracting me, but I knew that I would only have once chance to watch for at least a week, so I opted for listening to Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott talking over the new scenes. There's an overwhelming amount of material to assimilate all at once because the film itself is so gripping, and with my finicky DVD player it was impossible to turn the subtitles off with the commentary on so I was aware of every spoken word in the film even while I was listening to the director and star talk about it.

There is information both fascinating and utterly trivial yet entertaining - some really nice stuff on Joaquin Phoenix, Richard Harris, Connie Nielsen and Djimon Hounsou ("Djimon like Simon" as Crowe says, which is hepful to know) as well as some not-so-nice stuff on Oliver Reed which surprised me from a speak-no-evil-of-the-dead standpoint, especially since his heart attack during filming forced rewrites and changes to the planned ending of the movie that I think improved it greatly. I wondered how well I would find that the film had held up after the plethora of ancient epics that have come out in its wake, but even distracted by commentary, it's still obviously so far above them that comparisons are ridiculous. I was sort of embarrassed for Scott whenever Kingdom of Heaven came up in the commentary.

I missed Empire when it aired this summer, and I am looking forward to HBO's Rome which debuts at the end of the month. Though perversely enough, Gladiator gave me an urge to watch the Rome episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess, which makes no pretenses to historical accuracy or literary merit!

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What's the most you'd ever pay to see a Star Trek actor at a convention?
There's no Star Trek guest I want to see badly enough to pay this kind of money! 53.5% - (581 Votes)
$50 22% - (239 Votes)
I'd pay $500 for travel, tickets and the rest for the right guest star 7.8% - (85 Votes)
$150, especially if there were perks like personalized autographs 6.9% - (75 Votes)
$100 5.3% - (58 Votes)
More than $200, especially if there was a meet-and-greet 4.3% - (47 Votes)

Total Votes: 1085

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