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Bad behavior on commentary tracks

I stumbled across this list while looking for something else. It's a compliation of DVD commentary tracks with bad behavior by the participants.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2004/10/...-behavior-list

However, IGN hasn't maintained it in 8 years. Is there anything else out there like it?
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Interesting idea for an article, but it's a real chore slogging through the idiotic examples. I gave up after this one:
The Movie: Se7en: Special Edition
The Offense: The offense should be Morgan Freeman being a total idiot. During the scene where the SWAT team and the two detectives are going to bust in on the sloth victim, Morgan is rambling on about what his first acting gig was like. This stupid ass story while guys are running around with shot guns and screaming and being all serious.
The closest example to "bad behaviour" I can think of is Paul Schrader being a little too liberal with the "n-word" during the Blue Collar commentary. Example: (paraphrasing)

Paul: "The studio was using a "dumb ***********" campaign, by putting Richard Pryor front and center in all the ads, hoping a lot of dumb ***********s would show up, thinking the movie would be a comedy."
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Re: Bad behavior on commentary tracks

(Reads headline)

Do they have Resident Evil?

(Reads article)

Okay, they do. And the article is a chore.
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any Chevy Chase commentary.
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Arnold on Total Recall. Not bad behavior, but nonetheless funny.

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What a joke. To me the best kinds of Commentaries are when they are unique and have 'bad behavior' There's no written rules to what you can and cannot do on commentary tracks. That boogie nights track is hilarious because of the Mark Wahlberg stuff.

I think that writer of the article is just too uptight.
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Just remembered another one, on the commentary for Rat Race, the director tries to get Jon Lovitz on the phone to contribute. Lovitz is put out, saying he's right in the middle of packing for a trip and hangs up, only for the director to continue calling him repeatedly.
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I read the article back when it used to update and I agree, some of the examples are idiotic. And they even have a "good commentaries" list where some of the entries overlap. So there's your level of consistency.
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Re: Bad behavior on commentary tracks

I guess Kevin Smith commentaries might qualify, although most would argue that it's part of the fun.

In the commentary for Arlington Road Jeff Bridges spends the entire time bitching about the film's marketing campaign.
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You figure that's why they put those disclaimers on DVDs that the commentatires are not the views of the studio.
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Re: Bad behavior on commentary tracks

The non-traditional commentaries tend up being sometimes the best.

Case in point: Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Let it be the drunken commentaries during Cannibal! The Musical and Orgazmo or their commentary during South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut where they turn it into a revolving door of people entering who worked on the film that are still working on the show only to have it end with Bill Hader giving his thoughts on the film.
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I agree with others who've said the non-traditional commentaries are often the best. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is one of my favorites for the way Thompson sounds like a raving loon the entire time. Thompson spending 10 minutes insulting Tobey Maguire while the moderator listened in disbelief is my all time favorite commentary moment ever. How someone could listen to that commentary and NOT enjoy it is beyond me.


The list mentions Ben Affleck hamming it up in the Armageddon soundtrack so I'll mention Pearl Harbor where Affleck and Josh Hartnett spend a good chunk of the commentary ragging on each other for being overly dramatic in their scenes.
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Affleck is actually entertaining on the Mallrats commentary while Jason Lee is mostly quiet.
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I can't remember which movie, but didn't some actors do the commentary in character? I want to say The Big Lebowski. It was basically The Dude and Walter talking about what was going on in the movie. Maybe it wasn't The Big Lebowski, but I do remember a commentary being done by the characters in the actual movie.
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There's a Spinal Tap commentary that's done by the band in character.
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Originally Posted by whoopdido View Post
I can't remember which movie, but didn't some actors do the commentary in character? I want to say The Big Lebowski. It was basically The Dude and Walter talking about what was going on in the movie. Maybe it wasn't The Big Lebowski, but I do remember a commentary being done by the characters in the actual movie.
Tropic Thunder.

Well, just Robert Downey Jr.
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There's a Spinal Tap commentary that's done by the band in character.
That's probably the one I'm thinking of.
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Tropic Thunder.

Well, just Robert Downey Jr.
Which was cool (given his character's line about it in the movie) but the novelty of it wears of pretty quick on the actual commentary.
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Wasn't Jason Mewes drunk on one of the commentary tracks for one of the Jay and Silent Bob movies?
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I remember during the one on the first Clerks he passes out on the floor. Everyone continues talking, occasionally referencing his prone body.
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Re: Bad behavior on commentary tracks

For all the complaining about the list people are happy to participate in adding new titles.

Here's it's twin. The list was obviously reader-contributions.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2004/10/...ry-list?page=1
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Boogie Nights has the cast reminiscing over a bottle of Cuervo.
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Kurt Russell and John Carpenter don't have much to talk about on the Big Trouble in Little China commentary. They just start having a non-movie related conversation among themselves.
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Re: Bad behavior on commentary tracks

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Kurt Russell and John Carpenter don't have much to talk about on the Big Trouble in Little China commentary. They just start having a non-movie related conversation among themselves.

That's actually every Russell/Carpenter commentary track. Theirs are my favorite.

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The Terry Gilliam Brazil commentary is very informative, fun, and whacky, but he tells Gene Siskel to fuck off and then ends the comment by telling whoever is recording to leave it in there. I believe it's still in the Criterion DVD edition and I first heard it on the LD edition.

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