Best commentary tracks

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  1. Vic_T

    Vic_T Stunt Coordinator

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    What do you think are the best commentary tracks out there?

    I believe the group commentary on Criterion's Spartacus release was even more intersting than the film itself. The text commentary on Star Trek:TMP was also very interesting (I'm not even that much of a ST fan).

    Anyone else have some favorites?
     
  2. Romier S

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    Some of my favorites:

    Roger Eberts commentary on Dark City

    Fincher, Norton, Pitt etc and the Fincher only commentary... on Fight Club

    Every commentary on the Se7en SE

    Commentary on Can't Hardly Wait

    I have allot more but those are by far my favorites off the top of my head.
     
  3. Bill J

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    I'm pretty sure this will be redirected to the polls section, but my favorite commentary track is Oliver Stone's on the Platoon SE.
     
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    I was thinking of starting a thread like this myself in an attempt to hunt down some good commentaries.

    I'm a big fan of the Kevin Smith DVD commentaries. If you're looking for a lot of technical stuff, this is not the place; but it is usually a good time. My favorite of the series just might be the Clerks Cartoon ones. They are better than the toons!

    I also vote for the Fight Club and Seven talks as well as the two Ebert ones (Dark City and Kane).

    Hell, I know there are more but I'm blanking. I'll edit if I think of more.
     
  5. Andrew_Sch

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    Gotta be Fincher, Pitt, Norton, HBC on Fight Club.
     
  6. DeathStar1

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    Good,

    Ghostbusters

    StarWoids

    ShortCurcuit

    Bad

    Episode 1

    He-Man, The Movie...

    I'll have to relook some of my commentaries to expand the list...
     
  7. TheoGB

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    • Fight Club commentaries 1-3 - that writers' one is really interesting IMO
    • Rober Rodriguez on El Marachi, Desperado, Dusk 'till Dawn (w/Tarantino!)
    • The Thing
    • Francis Ford Coppolla on the Godfather movies
    • Three Kings - both very inciteful
    • Buffy Season 1
    • Seven 2 and 3
     
  8. Rob Lutter

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    My favorites are definately:
    This is Spinal Tap: MGM Edition with the commentary by the band in character.
    Army of Darkness (Director's Cut) & Evil Dead II with commentary by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell
    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery with Jay Roach and Mike Myers (but not Austin Powers 2... it is not as funny)
    Ghostbusters the first MST3K-style commentary
    Life of Brian: Criterion Collection commentaries 1 & 2 with all the Pythons.
    Fight Club with Chuck Palahiuk (the author) and Jim Uhls(?) (the screenwriter).
    RoboCop: Criterion Collection with Paul Verhoeven
    and my favorite...
    Brazil: Criterion Collection with Terry Giliam
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    Mallrats

    Chasing Amy

    Dogma

    Clerks

    Clerks: Uncensored

    Evil Dead 2

    Army of Darkness Bootleg

    Ghostbusters

    Fight Club

    Dark City and Citizen Kane
     
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    Hellraiser
    Hellbound: Hellraiser 2
    Clerks
    Chasing Amy
    Mallrats
    JFK
    Army o' Darkness
    Evil Dead 2
    Worst Commentary Tracks
    In the Mouth of Madness
    Braveheart
     
  11. Brandt

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    The Donner et al. commentary on Superman: The Movie was a fun one to listen to.
     
  12. Richard Smith

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    I think the best commentary I've heard is the Steven Soderbergh/Lem Dobbs one on The Limey. Other ones I reccomend are:
    Re-animator(The second group one)
    Big Trouble In Little China
    Dead Ringers:Criterion Collection
    Tron
    Heathers
    and The Last Temptation Of Christ: Criterion Collection
    Ones to avoid are American Werewolf In London and any solo Tim Burton tracks....the one with Paul Reubens on Peewees Big Adventure was pretty cool.
    Richard
     
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    I still think the very best commentary I've ever heard is the one by Danny DeVito on War of the Roses. For the longest time it was something only laserdisc fans could access, but Fox recently released the movie with all the laserdisc extras, including the commentary. I swear, much of the commentary is actually funnier than the movie!
    Dan[​IMG]
     
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    I think Terry Gilliam makes the best commentaries. Any of his DVD's with commentaries is a sure bet.
     
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    There are different types of commentary tracks: critical analysis, stories about the actors or the shoot, etc. But the type I find most useful is a detailed explanation of the story. The best example of this is Friedkin on the French Connection. He tells you who that minor character is (not the actor, the character), what they're doing, why they're there, etc. No more guessing about who that guy who's killed at the beginning is. Rival gang member? Snitch? Undercover cop? Friedkin tells you. Definitely my favorite commentary.
     
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    My favourite is Kurt Russell and John Carpenter's commentary on The Thing. Second choice would be Jim and Marilyn Lovell on Apollo 13. I also thought the cast commentary on Can't Hardly Wait was very entertaining.

    Adam
     
  17. Bob Turnbull

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    Total agreement on the Fight Club commentary and anything with Terry Gilliam.

    Others:

    Boogie Nights (P.T. Anderson's passion for movies and his work really comes through)

    Contact (the one with the Special Effects guys - very illuminating on how they did things)

    Stop Making Sense (with the band and Jonathan Demme - though each is recorded separately)

    This Is Spinal Tap (the recent one with band members as well as the old Criterion two with the actors/Rob Reiner)

    Timecode (both the commentary over the released movie as well as the first version)

    Toy Story I and II (these guys love what they do and they give tons of information)
     
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    The increasingly drunken commentary on Cannibal the Musical wins the prize for most fun (until the group wanders off to find a strip joint, leaving the ending un-commented upon).

    The most informative is David Kalat's insightful commentary on Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler, filling four hours of running time without slacking, repeating himself or being less than fascinating.

    The commentary that made the biggest impression on how I viewed a film was Dante's Peak. The movie struck me as junk, but the commentary allowed me to see a lot of things that were going on that weren't really visible on a first viewing. Having a director who was both a special effects guy and a vulcanologist in a previous life doesn't hurt at all.
     
  20. SteveGon

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    I enjoyed Roger Ebert's commentaries on Dark City and Citizen Kane.
     

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