Don't know if this will catch on the way my DVD Audio Commentary Inanities thread did, but I though it would be a perfect companion piece. The thread title (which I've just noticed was respectfuly edited from "Get the f**k out of there!") refers to something I watched last night. In one of the making-of featurettes on the BAD BOYS II disc. During the set-up of the big shantytown stunt that rehashes what Jackie Chan did 20 years ago - far better - in POLICE STORY, director Michael Bay spots some people way up at the top of the hill who shouldn't be in the shot and proceeds to yell at them like a crazed war veteran yelling at some idiot kids traipsing across his front lawn. "Get the f**k out of there! Get the F**K out of there!" Now, I know, you'll probably tell me that we'd all probably do the same thing if WE were blowing over a hundred million bucks on a summer blockbuster movie, and the stunt was so close to being set in motion that they couldn't have afforded to have it ruined, and they couldn't afford to digitally paint the guys out later on, etc. etc., but the fact is Bay acts like such a monster geek in nearly every one of these vignettes that you just come away thinking about what an asshole he is, especially in light of this particular finished product. In case anyone thinks I shouldn't be surprised at this kind of behaviour, rest assured I'm not. In fact, I want to know where there's more of it caught on tape, so to speak. During a featurette on the big freeway chase nearly 30 minutes into the film), some stunt goes a wrong and he starts berating everybody again, saying "Cheap fuckin' movie, guys, cheap fuckin'movie!" While I like the style of these featurettes, which actually make the moviemaking process out to be the tremendous headache and bore it really must be by its very nature, I suspect the makers felt they would show just how stressful it is for a genius like Bay to craft his vision, when in actuality, they all serve to make him look like nothing more than a scrawny little megalomaniacal man-child. But heres the rub. I'm sure Bay's not alone (although he's probably in a comparitively small top percentile). There are many arrogant, egotistical people at the top of the Hollywood food chain. If there wan't, we wouldn't get half the movies we do, good or bad. DVD features like these are a Godsend to film buffs as they don't sugarcoat the process, but let you see what an endless technological nightmare it really is sometimes, particularly for the sycophants and yes men that are frequently seen kowtowing to the Summer Blockbuster creators. I'm reminded of another candid moment that psychologists would have a field day with. It's a behind-the-scenes video of a pre-production meeting with Steven Spielberg and a bunch of FX guys on one of the Jurassic Park DVDs. Spielberg virtually ignores everyone else's ideas, stopping every so often to let someone speak their mind, then continuing right along with his original train of thought as if their comments were just not worthy. You could SEE how stung alot of these people were that the whole meeting was ultimately pointless and that the collaboration process didn't extend far beyond this one man. Granted, the movies were fantastic, so his vision paid off, but it still fun to see how much worse the sensitive people in the lower ranks of Hollywood have it compared to the crap some of us working stiffs have to put up with. And then there's George Lucas' pets at Industrial Light & Magic. The documentaries one the STAR WARS EPISODE I and II DVDs reveal a psychiatrist's wet dream of needy, emotionally fragile creative types who clearly have difficulty processing their feelings when their master poo-poo's their work. I can't remember the exact disc, but one of them has quite a few uncomfortable moments as the camera captures various peons looking like their about to cry after a meeting with George. They say things like "That's how it goes sometimes" or "I did the best I could, but...", but you can practically SEE them swallowing to hold back the tears, their eyes darting about uncomfortably in the hopes the camera switches off real, real soon. I love moments like this on DVD extras. There's a brutal honesty too them that's fascinating and hilarious at the same time, particularly funny when you have the hindsight of watching bad movies like BAD BOYS II and the two STAR WARS films. As I mentioned, I know it's not easy to be in charge of so much money and so many people while keeping the studio chiefs safely ensconced in their towers. But since the occasional disc is so kind as to include such raw, unpleasant material for consumption at face value, without all the flashy editing, actor mugging and useless studio-approved "sit-down" interviews that pass for bonus features these days. If some of the people in the docs above really understood how sad they looked, they might think twice about letting themselves be held up for spectacle. On the opposite end of this argument, I suppose, would be the featurettes that were often made in conjuction with Richard Donner movies, which took pains to ONLY depict the touchy-feely moments he wanted us to believe were the rule, rather than the exception, on his movie sets. I don't know if these turn up on any of his DVDs as I don't have many of them, but I used to see them on TV and they always smelled fishy to me, particularly the sugar-coated dross for RADIO FLYER, which seemed to have the most hugs-per-minute of any behind the scenes feature I've ever seen. The featurettes I've listed above proved that my suspicion was probably right, at least some of the time. Anybody else find anything interesting among their collection?