The commentary is a lively affair with both Reitman and Goldberg taking equal mike time. They have a lot to say about everything associated with the film, and make a point of highlighting the extra scenes and give insight into the original exclusion. One thing I did found annoying is the pair's constant referral to a deleted scene section; this DVD has NO such section, so obviously a straight port from the R1 disc. They say it so much you can play a fairly decent drinking game! In the end I did enjoyed this informal chat, but for those that would rather hear the film, the commentary is also subtitled.
The second extra is the magnificent Stars and Stripes making of documentary, that manages to reunite all of the main cast and crew as each give there little piece on the making of the film. It does lack any behind the scene material, save a few photos, but the information given more than makes up for that. All have fond memories and all have nice things to say about their fellow cast members. I didn't like the way it was split into two sections, totally unnecessary, and even lead to some repetition. However, over looking this, the documentary is a worthy addition and certainly one of the better I've seen in a long time.
Finally the last selectable 'extra' is the trailers section which is a collection of trailers for other movies, not this one.
Stripes is a very funny film, has stood the test of time and deserves a decent release. Unfortunately this release is not it, with no option but the extended cut, and less extras than its R1 brother, I predict a bumpy road ahead, as most well probably head over the water to get a truly special edition.
Our Review Ethos
To comment on what you've read here, click the Discussion tab and post a reply.