Written by: Robert J. Emery
Directed by: Robert J. Emery
Narrated by: Michael McGlone
- Filmography and award list
Released by: Wellspring
Anamorphic: N/A; presented in its original 1.33:1 format.
My Advice: Unless you’re a huge Cameron fan, avoid it.
Whether you love him or hate him, James Cameron is one of the more popular and profitable directors of the 80â€™s and 90â€™s. He was one of the first filmmakers to incorporate CGI into his movies and you have to respect someone who took on the overwhelming task of making Titanic and producing an Oscar winning film. A documentary on his work makes sense. Itâ€™s a pity that The Directors: James Cameron lacks any sort of real analysis or criticism. All we get is an hour-long love letter to Cameronâ€™s genius.
While all this is nice, thereâ€™s no depth to this piece. Thereâ€™s no discussion about how he tries to balance the special effects with his actorsâ€™ performances. Thereâ€™s no insight into why he shoots for one angle and not another. Thereâ€™s no analysis of how his directorial style has changed from The Terminator to Titanic. One interesting fact the documentary doesnâ€™t mention is that Cameron wrote or was part of the writing team for each of his movies. Would he consider directing a movie where he wasnâ€™t involved in the script? We donâ€™t know, the documentary never brings it up. All we get is Cameron spinning some anecdotes and his stars singing his praises.
The DVD extra features are anemic. The Awards list only has the awards he won for Titanic, even though his other movies won Oscars, albeit for technical achievement. And the filmography is wrong. The release dates for The Terminator and Aliens are reversed. Are these people too cheap to have Quality Control? Iâ€™m sure there are better sources on Cameron as a filmmaker, so find them and avoid The Directors: James Cameron.