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Peter Martin
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Posted: 12 December 2019 at 5:24pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Just finished watching this short series and enjoyed it a great deal.

From the same folks that made The Toys That Made Us, it looks at just four films: Dirty Dancing, Home Alone, Ghostbusters and Die Hard.

Has some very interesting tidbits in there, such as how rushed the schedule was for Ghostbusters and how Die Hard was, to some degree, written on the fly.

Worth watching, especially if you grew up in the 80s. 
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Matt Reed
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Posted: 15 December 2019 at 12:29am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I've only watched the DIE HARD ep so far.  Thought it was fun and informative.  That said?  I could do without the cheesy VO.  I like my VO in this kind of series more straight up than tongue in cheek.  
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Mike Baswell
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Posted: 15 December 2019 at 11:26am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Agreed Matt. That same thing began to annoy me with The Toys That Made Us. It got to the point it was almost mocking.
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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 15 December 2019 at 4:35pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Both series are great and I don't mind the narration in the least... it's fun and irreverent, making the series stand out from other myriad behind-the-scenes movie docs that you can find anywhere on the DVD/Blu-ray special editions, or all over YouTube.  The fast-paced, quirky editing helps with it's unpredictable structure, and also keeps any info from getting too dry.

Watched every episode, including the one for DIRTY DANCING--a film I've never had much love or use for, but it still made for quite an entertaining, informative and uplifting entry.

Hope they do other decades with other seasons.  Good stuff.

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Christopher Frost
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Posted: 15 December 2019 at 9:42pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

While the show was quite informative, I also struggled with the narration/editing style of it. It felt like I was watching one of those cheaply thrown together shows they have on channels like E! . The information provided in the show was interesting enough to watch all four episodes but the style was really off putting.
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Rodrigo castellanos
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Posted: 16 December 2019 at 9:42pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Don't dig the style as well.

But with toys, at least it was original on its subject matter. 

80's movies... meh.

PS: On the comics related field apparently the show played a part in reuniting Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird as a creative team again, so it scores points for historical significance!

Edited by Rodrigo castellanos on 16 December 2019 at 9:50pm
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