The other evening, I had the great pleasure of watching "Songcatcher". This is truly a wonderful movie and is filled with music of the Appalachians. The story is relatively simple: a musicologist travels to the Appalachians and is surprised to hear a familiar Scotch/Irish ballad. She then visits many of the native population and collects the songs they play and the ballads they sing. There is a commentary track with the director/writer, and I was pleased that it focused more on the music than on the movie, which is exactly the type of commentary track I expected and exactly what I wanted after watching the movie. There is even an isolated score track available, but I didn't have the opportunity to listen to much of it. I did listen to the first song, and was somewhat surprised that it featured only the instrumental and not the vocal. I don't know if that is true for the many other songs in the movie or not. As far as other extras, it features very brief excerpts of interviews with the main actors of the movie, some of whom sound quite knowledgeable about the subject. I wish they would have included the entire interviews rather than such brief segments. There are also extended segments of several of the songs featured in the movie. There is apparently a CD available which contains songs from and inspired by the movie. I wouldn't classify this movie as a "musical", even though music is a significant portion of the movie. I found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable movie, and I plan to purchase it soon. If you enjoy Appalachian music, or if you like a movie that doesn't rely on special effects, then give "Songcatcher" a try. I think you'll like it. I know I did. Enjoy! Steve K.