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Directors: Life Behind the Camera - documentary DVD review
DIRECTORS: LIFE BEHIND THE CAMERAS Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating: 4 stars
Featuring: Stephen Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Spike Lee, Ridley Scott, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch
  Distributor: First Run Features
DVD release: 21 September 2010   Runtime: 211 min. (2 discs)
Format: Color, DVD, Full Screen, NTSC
DVD Features: Aspect ratio 1.33:1, Audio tracks (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English)

*Directors: Life Behind the Camera*For lovers of film, Directors: Life Behind the Camera lays out a host of interesting directors with their stories of getting into the business, their philosophies on writing and choosing scripts, how to treat actors and many more interesting facets of their business. Really all one need do is list some of the 33 directors interviewed in this two-disc set and it sells itself to the film-o-phile. If you're the kind of person who watches the special features of a film before you watch the film itself, you need to go ahead and get this. Learn more about Stephen Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Frank Darabont, Ridley Scott, Martin Scorsese, Terry Gilliam, David Lynch, Spike Lee and on and on.

In addition to interviews with our favorite directors, we also hear from some amazing actors with whom they have worked - Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Ossie Davis, Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey and more.

Find out what these directors thought of their most compelling films and what they think about the future of the film industry and their own legacies. It's fascinating viewing even without the included clips from their legendary films (making me want to re-watch so many of them). I could have hoped for a few more directors (Fincher and Tarantino, to begin with), but what's on the table is forgivably delicious.

While the movie clips could have been better quality, I'd gladly sacrifice that for the length of the interview footage from so many directors who've had such an impact on the film industry and our culture. I also long for a more recent set of interviews and clips (it seems that the movies spoken about are no newer than 2006), but with that deficiency, there is the added benefit of interviews with directors who cannot now be interviewed (Robert Altman and Sydney Pollack) or who would not have been interviewed in more recent times. Even if it is a bit dated, this stuff is gold.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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