The first ever commentary-track?

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  1. Runar_R

    Runar_R Second Unit

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    As I was listening to the commentary track to x-men 1.5 (not among the best I've heard, but entertaining enough. Singer dropped a few subtle hints about an upcoming sequel.....:wink[​IMG], I wondered what the first film to be released with a commentary-track was. I'm guessing it would be a LD. Anyone know which movie it was?
     
  2. Steven_M Grimes

    Steven_M Grimes Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm almost certain that the Criterion KING KONG laserdisc contained the first commentary, released in 1984 I believe.
     
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    King Kong - The Criterion Laserdisc. Film historian Ronald Haver. An excellent commentart track.
     
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  5. Rob Gardiner

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    And the first director's commentary is. . . ?

    (trick question)
     
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    I had always heard that Criterion's Robinson Crusoe on Mars was the first director's commentary track, the story I remember from about five years ago is that when they were doing the transfer for RCOM they brought in the director to check their transfer and as he watched it they had a channel open for him to record comments on the transfer and as he watched he began to discuss the film with the engineers and this discussion was used as an ad hock Commentary Track...that is the story I heard a few years ago at any rate and I probably have some of the facts mixed up.
     
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    I have the Criterion Collection booklet which list all the Lds at the time.
    King Kong is the only release that has 3 digits,CC102L ; all others have 4 digits.

    Under the heading Provocative films perfectly presented is Salo for $49.99.
    Funny until I read the fine print, I never knew Criterion released VHS tapes of some of their releases
     
  8. Rob Gardiner

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    Kevin,

    I've never heard that before but it's a great story! When I said it's a trick question, I meant that the director was giving commentary for a film not his own -- Martin Scorsese on a Michael Powell film but shame on me, I'm not sure which one. [​IMG]
     
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    FanBoy talking during a premiere of Superman: The Movie - The original commentary track.[​IMG]
     
  10. Rob Gardiner

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    Exactly! When someone talks during a movie and they won't shut up, I'll discreetly say, "If I wanted the commentary, I would wait for the laserdisc." [​IMG]
     
  11. Kevin M

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    King Kong is definitely the first official commercially available commentary track but filmmakers had made running commentary both live and pre-recorded on their films for film schools for quite some time before Criterion.

    BTW keep in mind that I am not even sure if that story on Robinson Crusoe on Mars is true or just a modern urban legend, I simply remember reading it on several different LD/DVD discussion sites back in the mid/late 90's. I honestly can't attest to it's validity.
     
  12. Kevin M

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    By the way Rob, I believe the answer to your question is The Red Shoes.
     
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  14. Kevin M

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    Hey Rob, I believe the answer to your question is not The Red Shoes.
     

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