Hey guys! I recently attended a screening of MATINEE in 35mm and a Q&A session with the director, Joe Dante, after the movie. I didn't get to ask my question, but I was able to contact him through a website he mentioned - trailersfromhell.com. I thought you guys might enjoy the question and his candid response. Me: I enjoyed seeing MATINEE and attending the discussion afterwards. I was very close to asking a question when the time was up, but I did wonder about your opinion on the home video industry and how films are sold in that medium. I remember back in the day when only special films would get deleted scenes or commentary tracks (I had THE HOWLING Laserdisc with your commentary, one of the first group ones I remember hearing), and now EVERY movie has several commentary tracks, deleted scenes, etc. Many times I feel the "bonus features" and HD and 7.1 channels of sound overshadow the films themselves! In this age of style over substance, and in revisiting older films on video (remixing/de-graining - creating fluffy bonus features), what are some of the challenges you've faced with participating in these reissues of your films, and how do you feel about how so many films are altered for reissue? Joe Dante: I've been pretty fortunate with the video releases of my pictures (I do wish I'd been able to convince them to add some bonus features to the recent Matinee DVD, though). Some of them, like Innerspace and The Burbs, didn't really become popular until they came out on video. And generally they've looked pretty good--the new Piranha disc looks better than the original movie did! I don't do much alteration to the transfers, as I think that way can lie madness. Witness the incredibly screwed up re-coloring of The French Connection --by the original director no less! This new mania for removing all the grain is likewise a trap. Some of these movies end up looking like they were shot on videotape! But as a former 16mm collector I have to admit that most movies have been spruced up quite nicely for homevideo, and the materials used are far closer to original than the often fuzzy preprint materials 16mm prints were made from.