Warner: Why drop commentary tracks?

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  1. Jeff Reis

    Jeff Reis Stunt Coordinator

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    Just wondering if anyone has heard any explanations from WB about why commentaries on The Swarm and Wolfen were dropped? Was it clearance issues, talent demanding more money, or a perceived lack of interest? It appears that one or both had already been recorded and were scrapped--it seems odd that Warner would dump them. I really hope we don't see the commentaries from the upcoming Amadeus, Singin In the Rain etc SEs start to evaporate when they get released.

    I did recently read an article about a new documentary on Wilco that is coming out on DVD and a comment is made by the film's director that their "DVD distributor" says that commentary is the least-desirable extra. And hmmm...even though Wilco had a much-publicized split with WB-owned Reprise, I believe their new label is indeed a WB subsidiary itself. Is Warner souring on commentary tracks? Speaking only for myself I consider them by far the most substantial extra feature and would buy less discs I'm on the fence about if they lack commentary.
     
  2. Patrick McCart

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    WB should just not announce special features anymore until they have the DVD's finished.
     
  3. Rob T

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    WHV doesn't pay for commentaries so maybe it was people demanding money for them.
     
  4. Jeff_HR

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    Perhaps if we are willing to pay more $$$ for DVDs, the studios "might" possibly consider paying the "talent" for commentaries.
     
  5. Andy Olivera

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    Anyone who requires payment for a commentary obviously isn't doing it because they have something to say, so what's the point?
     
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    I'd say fair payment is reasonable for someone's time. How many units are they expecting to shift?

    Commentaries are VERY desirable by me. Even the less interesting ones provide a good extra. Last night while I was updating my site I stuck on the Frequency director's commentary. Lots of gaps but that wasn't important as I had other things to do; when he did speak it was very interesting.
     

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