AuteurTheory’s review published on Letterboxd:
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.