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Do you listen to Audio commentaires?

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  1. Droogie 2001

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    Having finally made my way through every single audio commentary that is in my DVD collection; I was wondering how many people actually listen to these commentaries?
    I once read about 2 years ago that a lot of the studios were going to scrap these as the average viewer did not watch them and that they were an unnecessary expense.
    This didn’t help when Arnie wanted $75,000 to record the Total Recall commentary.
    Thankfully this never happened as at least a quarter/half of disks released now seem to have a commentary on them

    How many of you guys religiously listen to all commentaries?
    I just cant get enough of these, though there are some stinkers out there. e.g. Here is such and such an actor walking through a door, now he is walking into the room…

    Also what is your favourite top 3?

    I guess mine are:

    1) The Thing - Kurt Russell & John Carpenter
    2) Dog Soldiers - Cast Commentary
    3) Spinal Tap SE - The actors are in character (this alone is like watching a new take on the film. Great value for Money!
     
  2. alanrob

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    Try and listen to most.
    Fav's have to be on Fight Club and Se7en.

    Also enjoyed the LOTR:FOTR ones I've listened too so far.

    Enjoy the ones with actors more than the director ones.
     
  3. Nobber22

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    Avoid 'em like herpes! Once I've seen the film, I'm done with the disk. I don't need each scene explained to me again, interspersed with rubbish jokes and boring annecdotes. :boring:
     
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    The only commentary i've got through is about 10 minutes of Final Destination. IMO, they're the biggest waste of space on DVD discs, which could be used in far better ways.

    The only features im interested in is deleted/alternate scenes.
     
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    I have listened to a few Living Daylights and X-Men were some.
    Some times I put them on and only intend listening to the beginning by some times I get involved and find some are actually interesting.
    I must repeat though only a few, and they films which I really like.
     
  6. Geezer

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    I vary rarely listen to them, i sometimes do if its a big scene and would like to know how it was filmed
     
  7. Easy2BCheesy

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    The Kevin Smith ones are very good, particularly when Affleck is there to take the mick out of. I was interested in the Star Wars Ep1 and Ep2 commentaries though these are heavily edited and rather dry.

    I skipped to the end of Burton's Planet of the Apes to hear his explanation for the risible ending only to be greeted by a risible "explanation" (basically amounting to "I thought it would be good")...
     
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    IMHO, these sort of extras must be the saddest things to adorn a DVD. As for stills galleries and the like..................

    There's nothing like just watching the movie!!!!

    Thank heavens for Superbit - just wish they'd release some more titles!!!

    L8R peeps,

    pobrien31
     
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    The only ones I've listened to are the Red Dwarf ones - they are very good
     
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    dusk till dawn - brilliant commentary

    the rest are pretty awful unless there is a scene that i'm particularly interested in.

    Pine Barrens on the third series of the sopranos was a particular let down - such a great episode but awful commentary:boring:
     
  11. Droogie 2001

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    I am surprised by the the general lack of interest in these commentaires :rolleyes:

    If any of you have the ones I mentioned I guarantee they will keep you interested for the duration of the film!

    :)
     
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    I try to listen to as many commentaries as possible.
    I think they are a great addition to DVDs and shouldn`t be scrapped at all. somtimes commentaries are the only decent extra on a disc, as that EPK stuff really gets on my nerves.

    But there are some commnentaries that are really bad. I didn`t like the commentary for devils advocate as I had the impression the director just told me what was happening on screen (but he also went into some other stuff so it wan`t all bad)
     
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    I wish more commentries would be like 28 Days later!

    Subtitled!

    I can watch the film and read the commentary, best of both worlds!

    if more people did it like this I would listen/read more commentaries!
     
  14. Droogie 2001

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    Its funny that you mention Devils Advocate as this is what I was describing. "Here Keneau walks into the court room, now he is standing next to such and such"It has to be the worst commnetary I have ever heard.
     
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    Just thought of another fantastic commentary -
    Ridley Scott's on Alien.
    Very informative. Think he really enjoyed going back over one of his old classics.

    Think everyone who likes Alien should listen to this.
     
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    I like em ! The commentaries on the Phoenix nights disk are great fun, and I'd kill to hear Ridley Scott on Blade Runner. The only one I really disliked was John Woo on MI2 - he keeps describing it as a 'love story' !

    The deciding factor on buying a film can often be the presence of a commentary for me (I have to love the film too though).
     
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    There's a lovely moment in the Pitch Black commentry as Radha Mitchell is deposited down a hole. As a pleasing glimpse of cleavage is offered, the director simply says "small boys everywhere- you're welcome"
    Other than that commentaries are generally pretty dull.
     
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    I think think it comes down to 'old skool' vs 'nu skool'. The older generation did the comms for laserdisc owners who would get a kick out it. These are the best: Carpenter, Rodriguez and Martin Campbell (Goldeneye) come to mind. The people who started for dvd are more like the extras for dvd - not so inspired, just pile in as much junk as you can find.
     
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    I love commentaries - thought the FOTR EE ones were superb - although I have to disagree about Red Dwarf - I thought they were a bit dull.
     
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    I rarely listen unless I'm totally bored :)
    The few exceptions are Star Wars, LOTR and the Matrix (well, Animatrix) to get ssome back story or have plot queries cleared up. A browse on the internet usually proves more useful however.

    The majority of the time I find them tedious, as are many featurettes these days, especially where the actors are fumbling away with the usual clichéd lines about the AMAAAAZING director and how the whole cast are GREAT pals (which NEVER happens on other shoots. Ever.) LOTR has fallen into this trap somewhat, although there is loads on the extras discs worth watching
     
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    Don't watch them as a rule only if i think I can gain more from it, like the John Singleton comentry on the aniversary boyz n the hood, It was nice to find out how much of the film was true to his life and what problems he had to overcome on such a low budget and also directing his first film.
     
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    I don't listen to as many as I used to but always make a point of listening to Ridley Scott's as the guy's a genius and always gives you so much info on all aspects of the film. I've heard some really crap ones, but generally if I've got a lot of interest in a film I'll make the time to listen to the comm. The Arnie/Milius one from Conan is laugh-out-loud funny in places, same with the Carpenter/Russell one on The Thing.

    It's the same as anything really - there's good and bad. Any with Tim Burton are terrible though, the guy's a bore.
     
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    Commentaries are variable - but I almost always listen to them.

    Joss Whedon's commentaries on "Buffy" episodes are usually good value (other people's, less so).
     
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    The commentry on "The Wicker Man" is quite funny, every time Mark Kermode tries to raise an interesting point on the film, Christopher Lee starts waffling on about something different, you can almost feel Kemode getting angry with him.

    Terry Gilliam is always enthusiastic when commentating.
     
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    I loved Bruce Campbell's for the Evil Dead movies - very VERY funny and extremely informative.

    The Harold Ramis/Ivan Reitman commentary was pretty good for ghostbusters too.

    I usually listen to all of them at least once, I listened to the one involving Vin Diesel on Pitch Black too :)
     
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    The "trivia tracks" on Pulp Fiction & Jakie Brown are like this, I thought they were very interesting.

    The commentaries on FOTR are top notch IMO, commentaries by Brad Pitt (Fight Club, Oceans 11, Seven ... he just sounds like a real down to earth bloke.) are pretty good. The commentary on Jerry Maguire is ok spite all the actors pissing themselves at every funny scene.

    Most boring commentaries ever? Any John Mctiernen commentary **** me that blokes voice is just a drone!


    Rob
     
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    I like 'em - I'm loathe to buy a DVD without one on it, if I'm in two minds about buying a certain DVD a lack of commentary means I won't buy it.

    Agree with Dimmy - Evil Dead commentary (pointing out all the continuity/lack of money - let's face it, lack of skill - cock ups) is great.
     
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    Iam - Evil Dead is just one of those films.

    The only talent is that of Sam Raimi, everything else is quite ludicrous, but for some reason everything in it just works perfectly.

    Of course, Bruce Campbell's scene with the posessed hand in Evil Dead 2 - in and of itself - makes the entire trilogy worth watching and makes up for any number of acting flaws he might have :)
     
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    I think it also depends on how much you love a film. If you love a film then I think its a must
     
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    I think what makes these Commentaries a bit special from your usual extras is that you get to hear a Director/Well known actor talk for the duration of the film. This is with out having "you must see this film as its great attitude" forced down your throat.

    A good example I think is Robert DeNiro .
    He hardly ever does interviews and yet he is quite happy to talk about a film he has acted in on a DVD.
    He is not doing it to promote the film as clearly it has already been in the cinemas.

    I not saying he doesn't get paid for doing it but it is unlikely he gets anywhere near what he would normally get for the time it takes to produce.
     

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