Your are viewing a read-only archive of the old DiS boards. Please hit the Community button above to engage with the DiS !
it just seems so pointless, surely a nice dvd insert with a small essay would suffice?
or actors + director but never just director, ever.
But The AV Club "Commentary Tracks of the Damned" is always amusing.
I'm a huge geek though
on a mad men dvd the other day, you could only actually hear the actors blabbing on about how they werent sure about getting a 2nd series, making it impossible to actually watch the program....for 45 minutes!!
a comedy pairing could make it a worthwhile distraction i guess, but they seem to include one with every banal film thesedays, i wonder what they are like for step up or twilight and the like
I didn't even realise I was doing it. You see, I only got my first proper TV in February and even then I didn't know how to work the dVD thing. Anyway, I was watching the Bourne identity a couple of months ago, and after about half an hour, xylopwn started to get very cross and asked me why i had the commentary on. I didn't know what he meant- I thought it was a fancy special feature of my excellent new-ish TV. Also, I found it helpful because I don't concentrate well in films.... 'bourne walks into a room. He looks anxious. Hiding behind the door is a BAD MAN.' This saves me having constantly to keep interupting the film to ask xylo 'but who is that guy behind the door and why is he there??' etc etc. We only worked out how to switch that feature off some time later. I miss it, but we are NOT ALLOWED IT anymore >:(
audio for the blind
than a directors commentary
aww how sweet
or audio for compelte doofuses with ADHD :(
I watched some of Alien Vs Predator Requiem with this on. Massively improved the movie. My blind housemate at uni had all the lord of the rings films with audio description on them, it was fantastic.
The best one ever is for EuroTrip. It involves the 3 directors (why) sitting around playing a drinking game along to the movie. I think they order a pizza as well. WACKY FUN TIMES!
Except the Fellowship artist ones, bit zzz.
24hr Party People and Secretary spring to mind.
was pretty good. Ang Lee and producer taking the piss out of their own beautiful movie.
Spinal Tap is ok too.
Is there a Spinal Tap one where they're in character? I don't remember.
Nigel: "Oh, I remember him. He's dead now of course."
David: "Stop saying everyone is dead!"
geena davis is the best. tru fax, yip.
Partly because the fuckers were like £25 new so I couldn't afford to buy another one too quickly.
Basically TV show commentaries are very very variable. So are movie ones. Here's a list of definitively interesting and fun commentaries for you to check out:
Fight Club: Cast / Fincher and also the Fincher on his own one / Writers' commentary (last two were originally only on the US edition)
Seven: Again, the first few are good commentaries.
Robert Rodriguez movies: El Mariachi, Desperado, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Dusk 'til Dawn.
Joss Whedon: Whether it's a film or TV, his commentaries are worth listening to.
Die Hard With a Vengeance: John McTiernan is fairly dull but the writer's got some great stuff to say.
Ridley Scott: He has a fair bit to talk about. He does leave some gaps but it's still good.
Moon: The first commentary is really really excellent.
Star Trek Movies Text Commentaries: These are pretty funny and worth watching. They poke fun at a lot of the pompousness in Star Trek's film franchise.
maybe i will be turned
...i doubt it
The hot fuzz/sean of the dead commentaries are mostly great.
apart from on The Day Today, and on that there's audio-only Easter Egg stuff with Morris, Coogan and Marber.
like ricky gervais does one on politics where he torments robin ince which is alright but on josie longs dvd she does one *on her own*
Agreed on the Ridley Scott one, I watched one for alien once and it was really interesting.
I'm pretty sure the guy who directed that (relatively) recent low budget zombie film said he learnt how to direct from audio commentaries.
then watched it all again with the commentary on, it was great, really well edited, and they interviewed most people involved in the film.
I'll nearly always take the time to listen to it. Some of them are tedious but some of them, like The Simpsons, Swingers and 24hr Party People, are interesting and/or entertaining.
that if I buy a DVD and it doesn't have any commentary I'm a bit disappointed.
But I've never watched a film with commentary. It just seems like such a task to sit through it.
...as long as you've got the right film and an interesting director. I particularly like how directors can't bring themselves to talk over certain scenes, the scenes in question normally being the most memorable ones.
I watched the whole of Heat with the Michael Mann commentary, he's one of my favourite directors but after listening to him for that long you realise there's a reason his movies have no sense of humour.
I watched True Romance with the Tarantino commentary, it was pretty amusing in places but his breakneck geek chat really does your head in after 2 hours.
I challenge anyone to watch one of the Lord of the Rings movies with the nerdy artists or the special FX guy commentary. Director fair enough but these guys???