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Old 01-07-06, 07:37 AM
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BEST COMMENTARY...opinions?

Hi all, i was just wondering what dvd you would recommend for great commentary from the cast/crew, etc... I don't mind watching a bad film if the commentary is great...(too often they're snooze-fests) some ive liked: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) very good informal chat with the director, Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder version, had the kids from the movie, not the most informative but fun)
Old 01-07-06, 08:43 AM
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I think this is belong to the main forum. But anyway, so far the best commentaries I've listen to are from:

Criterion (depends on who did it, but a lot of the ones I've listen to are good)
Cameron Crowe
Robert Zemeckis
Roger Ebert
Rudy Behlmer
Ridley Scott
Joel Scumacher

And one more from Homer Hickam Jr. on October Sky. Very informative and interesting.
Old 01-07-06, 09:21 AM
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How many has Roger Ebert done? The only ones I know of are Dark City and Citizen Kane.

I'll throw in Renny Harlin.
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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy commentaries are great. I especialy like the actor's commentary because well, you know how most commentaries are just 1 or 2 actors? The LOTR commentaries have just about ALL the major players and that's no minor deal. I think the only one missing was Viggo.

The Ghostbusters commentary, since you don't mind crap movies , is good because of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 format. Very cool when the dvd came out years ago.

The Seven Samurai commentary is dry and a bit pompus(sp?) but chock full o info nonetheless.

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Old 01-07-06, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Graftenberg
How many has Roger Ebert done? The only ones I know of are Dark City and Citizen Kane.
He's got one on the new Casablanca disc, too.
Old 01-07-06, 10:32 AM
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The Joss Whedon commentary on Serenity is fantastic.
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Roger Ebert also has one on the Criterion disc of "Floating Weeds," but I've heard it's not as great as his others. (My favorite commentary is his for "Citizen Kane.")
Old 01-07-06, 11:07 AM
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Michael Jeck's Seven Samurai -- ok, it's THIS close to fellatio but the man really knows his stuff. Brilliant, really... I like his THRONE OF BLOOD commentary as well, but the SS one is just full of fantastic information.
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Originally Posted by Giantrobo
The Ghostbusters commentary, since you don't mind crap movies , is good because of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 format. Very cool when the dvd came out years ago.
The Muppets From Space dvd is like that as well. Gonzo, Rizzo, and the director giving "facts" about the movie.

Good stuff.
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Originally Posted by Giantrobo
The Ghostbusters commentary, since you don't mind crap movies

Other good ones are the Pixar movies, Fight Club, Escape from L.A..
A good bad one is Total Recall with Arnie "excellent" Schwarzenegger.
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Heed the mighty laughs provided by one, Joe Bob Briggs!
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Commentaries I enjoy:
Roger Ebert - Citizen Kane is my fave

Joe Bob Briggs - I've enjoyed his drive in Saturday's on TNT and his commentaires are great extentions of those little snippets

Ghostbusters - MST3K format is/was great.

Ben Affleck - his movies may not be that good but his commentaeis make me laugh (i've never listened to any of his view askew commentaries)

The Ranger Commentary on Black Hawk Down is one of the all time best. The DVD producer went abve and beyond gathering the team for a commentary
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Originally Posted by Giantrobo

The Seven Samurai commentary is dry and bit pompus(sp?) but chock full o info nonetheless. :lol:
I wrote a 30 page paper just using the commentary as the main source. And I didn't get a full 100 because I only covered half of the movie for my film theory.
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The Conan commentary in my opinion is worth the purchase of the disc alone.
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Originally Posted by ChrisKnudsen
I wrote a 30 page paper just using the commentary as the main source. And I didn't get a full 100 because I only covered half of the movie for my film theory.
One single source? You should have been flunked.
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Stephen Prince's commentary on Criterion's Red Beard dvd.

Just about anything from Werner Herzog.
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Originally Posted by Peep
One single source? You should have been flunked.
I tend to read "main source" has implying that he has secondary sources. Which would, of course, satisfy your peeve.
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Originally Posted by chente
Just about anything from Werner Herzog.
I like this guy too. Not only does he give good commentary, but he sort've sounds like Arnold Schwarzenegger's less muscular distant cousin.


Quentin Tarantino's commentaries are always good. But that should be pretty obvious if you've ever heard him talk about anything movie-related. My favorite Tarantino commentary is the one he does on True Romance.

There's never a dull moment in William Friedkin's commentary of The Exorcist. He's precise and informative. I could listen to him talk forever.

Hubert Cornfield's commentary of The Night of the Following Day is really entertaining, not because it's that good, but because he sounds like Yoda on crack cocaine.
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Friedkin is also great on the French Connection as well (the movie would never be made like that now...car chase would probably have to be CGI). Why does Quentin do commentary for True Romance but not for Pulp Fiction/Jackie Brown? Also why does Landis do commentary for Kentucky Fried Movie (and the salesman doc) but not for Animal House? Also...why do so many commentaries suck?: dishonorable mention: the Farelly Brothers, if you've heard Theres Something About Mary or King Pin their entire track is name-checking their buddies they put in the film....
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Originally Posted by thegingerbreadm
Why does Quentin do commentary for True Romance but not for Pulp Fiction/Jackie Brown?
Quentin Tarantino has said that he feels uncomfortable making commentaries for movies that he wrote and directed (Reservoir Dogs is an exception). He was great commentating on Switchblade Sisters though! I don't know why he would feel uncomfortable considering how much he loves to talk. It's unfortunate, but at least his DVDs (excluding kill bill.... so far) tend to have a lot of extra material on them.
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Originally Posted by thegingerbreadm
dishonorable mention: the Farelly Brothers, if you've heard Theres Something About Mary or King Pin their entire track is name-checking their buddies they put in the film....
Don't forget about Shallow Hal. That's about the only thing I got out of the commentary: every single person's name in every single scene.
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Originally Posted by Johny Boy
There's never a dull moment in William Friedkin's commentary of The Exorcist. He's precise and informative. I could listen to him talk forever.
Bill Friedkin, I forgot to mention him. He didn't only made good commentaries but he's also very good on interviews and featurette.

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