There’s a myth out there that claims Quentin Tarantino doesn’t do director commentary tracks. It’s half true. He rarely sits down and overanalyzes his own films. But Tarantino LOVES talking over other people’s films. He chimed in on Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk til Dawn (which he co-wrote and starred), and Eli Roth’s Hostel. And then there is the marathon session Tarantino agreed to do with Wright for the Blu-ray release of my personal favorite Cornetto Trilogy film: Hot Fuzz.
This isn’t as off-the-wall as one might assume. Apparently these two have been friends or years. As Wright explains on the commentary track, Tarantino coached the director through the writing stages of Hot Fuzz by playing him a double-feature for inspiration that consisted of Walter Matthau’s The Laughing Policeman and an Italian cop film called Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man. “One of the greatest titles of all time!” Tarantino raves on the commentary track.
Plus, of course, Wright helmed the bogus horror trailer Don’t for Tarantino and Rodriguez’s Grindhouse experiment:
For some reason (likely tied to copyright), I’m not able to include Tarantino and Wright’s actual commentary track. But do yourself a favor and track down the Hot Fuzz Blu-ray or 3-disc DVD set that Universal put out a few years back. At the time, Tarantino considered Fuzz to be his favorite movie of the year “so far.” And yet, the two directors spend very little time actually discussing Wright’s excellent movie. Instead, they pass two hours celebrating movies in general, and the action genre specifically. In fact, here’s a comprehensive list of the 190 films mentioned in passing by Wright and Tarantino the epic Hot Fuzz director’s commentary track. I’ll list the first 20 below. Rent one of them this evening! The audio track is a Holy Grail for Cornetto fans, and the element we’re choosing to celebrate on Day 9 of our Golden Mile marathon, leading up to the release of The World’s End on Friday, Aug. 23.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.