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Directors: Steven Spielberg

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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted December 8, 2000 | E-mail the Author
The Movie:

"Steven Spielberg" is the latest edition of the "directors" series. The series is an hour-long and informal documentary that takes a look at the years of work that these directors have done. A look at Spielberg is a particularly interesting one, as the director talks about the behind-the-scenes reality behind everything from "Jaws" to "Saving Private Ryan". Although the segement on "Jaws" is better covered in the documentary that is included on the DVD edition of the film, there are informative segements on "Close Encounters", "Ryan" and other pictures. For "Encounters", the director talks about not being happy with the theatrical release, and some of the additions to the special edition release.

My only complaint with this particular edition of the series is that it's a little bit too "clip-heavy", meaning that I would have liked to have had additional interview footage rather than the amount of clips that are included here of the films that are focused on. I suppose this wouldn't have been as much of a complaint for a different director. Spielberg is particularly energetic and informative talking about his experiences working on all of these important films, and I often wanted to hear more. Other speakers are occasionally shown - Tom Hanks, in particular, is pretty interesting - but, Spielberg's comments remain the highlight.


The DVD

AUDIO/VIDEO: The audio quality is stereo, and both the interviews and film clips sound clear and easily understood. As for the video quality, it varies from film-to-film, but usually looks crisp and clear, with no particular problems.

MENUS:: Menus are very basic, with no animation or any other touches.

EXTRAS:: Filmography.

Final Thoughts: Although the documentary is informative and entertaining, $19.99 is a bit much for the 60 minute program with no extras. May be worth it if available at a lower price for fans of the director.

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