The Set-Up

The Set-Up ★★★★★

Watching with commentary by Robert Wise and Martin Scorsese. 

-The cinematography is even more impressive somehow than the first time I saw it. If you’re a fan of Raging Bull, you really need to see this. It seems Scorsese modeled the boxing scenes directly after The Set-Up. I’m not an expert on boxing movies, but I assume these were the best fight scenes ever filmed at that point. 

-There are long gaps where neither Wise nor Scorsese say anything. 

-I think Wise and Scorsese recorded their tracks separately. They never interact, sadly. 

-Heh. I forgot about that punch to the balls. The referee doesn’t seem to care. 

-They never talk about the one thing I wanted to know. I wanted to know if Robert Ryan did all his own boxing scenes. I think he does. 


This isn’t the most exciting commentary I’ve ever heard. I don’t think I learned anything, really. I kind of wish it had only been Scorsese. Wise wasn’t very energetic. 
The 2004 DVD from Warner Bros. looks so good, I don’t feel compelled to upgrade to Blu-ray. Both editions have the same commentary as the lone special feature.

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