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Commentaries: Has anyone ever done this?

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Chuck Bogie, Aug 29, 2003.

  1. Chuck Bogie

    Chuck Bogie Second Unit

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    Consider this - a commentary in 5.1, with the front channels running the movie, and the back channels running the commentary...

    One of the reasons I rarely watch commentaries is that I hate the "silent film with folks talking about what the folks are talking about on screen" bit...
     
  2. JustinCleveland

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    The good commentaries are the ones like The Simpsons where the volume of the film drops out while people are talking, but when they go silent the film goes back up.
     
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    Tell me about it, there's nothing worse than a commentary in which the director, writer, stars, etc. just talk about what's on screen and don't provide any real interaction. The audio commentary on Kino Video's DVD of the restored cut of "Metropolis" is just such an audio commentary - virtually all descriptions of on-screen action and no real meat.

    If you want some good DVD audio commentaries, may I recommend the "Superman" SE DVD with Richard Donner and Tom Mankiewicz commenting on the film - very lively from start to finish! - and the multiple commentaries on the "Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring" 4-disc extended DVD. Can't get any better than that one! [​IMG]

    For one of the funniest DVD audio commentaries around, check out "Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie" and select the audio commentary with Larry and Mr. Lunt. That one is a hoot from start to finish! [​IMG]
     
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    I thought those were great but there are better ones out there:

    Se7en - New Line Plat - Freeman, Pitt, Fincher.
    Fight Club - Fincher, Norton, Pitt & Carter are great on this one.
    Godfather 1,2,3 - Coppola is interesting in every scene of all 3.

    BUT, the best one I've heard for pure entertainment is definitely Abbott, Crampton, Sampson, Combs & Yuzna on Re-Animator (Mill Ed). Probably the funniest I've ever heard, (even funnier than Spinal Tap's). Even if the movie isn't your favorite the commentary is great!
     
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    The worst is when they don't even put any of the audio from the movie period! (i.e. Austin Powers) - There were points were Mike Myers was just watching what was going on, laughing and saying "That was a funny line" [​IMG]
     
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    Mark, that happened to me with Oliver Stone on Natural Born Killers!
     
  10. Jeff_HR

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    Another alternative that comes to mind is the use of text commentaries like those on the Star Trek SEs. Of course, that is too simple a solution for the powers that be at the Studios.
     
  11. Steve Christou

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    On Region 2 many dvds are being released with subtitled commentaries, and I love 'em!

    I watch the film with normal soundtrack on and read the subtitles, recently I watched Ridley Scott's The Duellists with the subtitled commentary on and it was great, got all the facts I needed on the making of the film without losing the sound, another one was The Sum of all Fears, more please! [​IMG]

    Of course there are commentaries where you want to hear the commentators to get that 'famous actors watching the film with you' effect, especially hysterically funny ones like This is Spinal Tap or Conan the Barbarian.[​IMG]
     
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    On the other hand I despise it when the film soundtrack is so loud as to obscure the commentators words (The Exorcist 25th has this problem in a few areas IMO.)
     
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    What about a guy who's running his DVD player through his TV speakers?

    Remember, we can't assume a minimum technological setup and we can't bias toward it.
     
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    One of the worst commentaries I've heard was Baird on Star Trek: Nemesis. He whispered throughout the whole thing as if he didn't want to disturb my watching of the movie! Blech.
     
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    someone mentioned Fight Club with Helena Bonham Carter, this is an example of the kind of commentary i hate. unless im wrong, Helena wasnt even with the guys watching the film, they piped in her few comments seperately. i prefer everyone in a room watching the film and not just previous comments overlayed the film.. thoroughly enjoyable commentary regardless of that small detail.
     
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    I LOVE for a commentary to have the movie volume extremely low or completely off. I can't stand to hear the dialog in the movie, while watching a commentary. It's very distracting trying to concentrate on 8 different voices at the same time (if you have a group commentary, and then 2-3 people in the movie talking). Just mute the movie, so we can concentrate on what the person doing the commentary is talking about.

    I hated the "Bloody Murder" commentary because the film dialog/score were SO loud that I couldn't even hear what was being said in the commentary.
     
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    Kevin Smith commentaries are generally a laugh riot.

    I also really enjoy John Carpenter commentaries, especially his commentary with Kurt Russle on the Thing. Can't wait to hear the commentry on the new Escape from NY 2 disker. I just hope that Escape from LA gets the same kind of treatment some day.

    I actually fell asleep during Burtons Edward Scissor hands commentary. If they ever do a Batman commentary I pray to god that they put someone else with him.
     
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