Do you watch the extras ?

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    1. simonblue

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      I was thinking i don't really watch many extras,most on new moves are just fluff,maybe on older movies that have had new do over,say from the likes of Arrow or Scream/Shout etc have some interesting one.
      Anyone else feel the same ?

      :)
       
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      Yes most extras tend to be very poor for me. I get sick of hearing how great it was to work the director, rest of the cast or the tea lady. I do tend to enjoy the extras on classic Dr Who though. They often take a warts and all approach. Much more interesting.

      Bri
       
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      Never, ever watch any extras. I feel like watching extras is wasting time that could be spent watching more movies!
       
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      Prometheus was the last “new” release I bought that had a truly impressive set of extras, most titles scrape by with a paltry selection of featurettes and deleted scenes.
       
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      Exactly that!
       
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      I never listen to commentaries any more - I used to really enjoy them, but there simply isn't time any more. I try to at least check out most video-based extras on all discs - if something is good, I'll stick with it: usually all the special editions of older flicks (labels like Arrow, 88 Films, Criterion, etc) have really good retrospective docs on the making of which are great fun to watch. But as you've all noted, most extras on new films are utter crap - EPK style, 28 featurettes, all lasting no longer than 3 mins, half of which are clips from the film you've just watched......bilge.

      Oddly, I don't bother with deleted/alternate scenes - I'm yet to see any that are actually any good! Same with radio plays of films I've just watched.

      But nothing beats a meaty 60+ min documentary that gets all the principle players involved - if its for a newer film (hello Prometheus!), it needs to focus as much on the genesis of the project as its actual production; if its retrospective, it has to focus on the films context and legacy. Its a shame all special editions don’t get a Dangerous Days-type look back, but then we'd all waste a hell of a lot more time!!!!!! ;)
       
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      I usually prefer watching the extras and film making process. The trouble is most of the time they are over edited and you lose detail making it more of an advert. I want more stuff like the Hobbit production diary logs. Imagine if there was a 2 hour side piece following how SW Ep IX is made following from writing the script, picking shooting locations, test fits, script reading, weekly set check ins, post production... give it to me baby :cool:
       
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      Its come more about with me,since many of my new releases i watch are now in 4K UHD,and lot just don't come extras,and i can't be bothered to put the blu ray on :blush::)
       
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      Rarely. Mostly because of a lack of time. But if there is a good weighty doc, that will get a viewing if time allows. But I much prefer printed extras of the kind Arrow and Eureka produce. If I had the choice of the same information presented in either written or AV format, I'd choose written every time.
       
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      Last extras I watched were on the LOTR discs. Since setting up a NAS I just rip the main title, don't even look to see what the extras are.

      Having said that, I'll often rewatch a film to listen to the director's or actor's commentary. I remember the commentary on Alien 3 being particularly interesting.
       
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      I watch the extras on films I really enjoy , notably the likes of LOTR trilogy, Apocalypse Now and the likes of The godfather trilogy. Commentaries I’m not fussed about but I have to say any ones by Sylvester Stallone are must listen to as he is superb - very informative and funny.
       
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      As others have said, I dont have time. But will look online for anything that get some good votes.

      But I hate many commentaires. Most are really poor and some you can tell have no idea about what is coming up or just talk over each other. Again a good documentary about the film or the film process or mastering I will usually watch.


      Just in case anyone has missed it, the commentary for Dog Soldiers is one of the best ever.
       
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      No. there is much more interesting details and videos on the web.

      I pay for the film not the rubbish that comes with it, if they got rid of the extras they could reduce the price of the discs.

      Bill
       
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      If it's a decent film then I will watch the extras.
      Take the several hours long making of on the LOTR films and the shorter but still interesting Harry Potter making of for example.
       
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      The fluff pieces on most modern releases are a waste of time IMO but there are certain releases where the extras are IMO worth the asking price alone but they are few are far between nowadays.
       
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      If it’s a very influential film or director then most definitely yes, if it’s a run of the mill action comedy or superhero film then not a chance in hell, same applies to commentaries if they have the actual director or someone who knows what they are talking about and not just spouting bollocks then they can be fascinating.
       
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      Like most here, Ill watch all the extras on certain films and more than once on quite a few. Commentaries? I like the idea of them being there but I just dont have the time. I definitely want the extras there though!
       
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      Even though the film wasn't great the best extra i've seen recently was on the USA blu of Leatherface, which was an alternate version of the film with a redone climax in identical quality to the main feature.
       
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      I curse blu-rays that come with a DVD and extras disc.
      I don't use them and and begrudge paying for them.
       
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      I like a good making of, the kind of thing that graced Prometheus.

      Sadly few and far between, these days.
       
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      the only set of extras i loved were from the devils rejects. the 30 minutes in hell making of was excellent. but generally, no.
       
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      The only time I watched the extras was for the De Niro film *Ronin*
      The director commentary was amazing has he spoke throughout the movie.
      What he thought, how he visually played the scenes through his mind and taking ideas from the actors and crew on set.
      Also, the interaction with the camera crew, stunt-people and dialogue team.
      PS: If you haven't seen the film, the car chases where actually shot in real time and at the speed with the help of F1 driver through those narrow streets. I fell in love with that Audi S8...but the Merc was the bad boy.
      Also, when the RPG is fired from De Niro, there was actually someone driving the other vehicle when the explosion took place................ scary.

      You don't see car chases like that anymore and his was over 20 years ago..

      RIP:John Frankenheimer
       
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      depends on the films. Lord of the Rings and Hobbit for example set the gold standard and i watched all the extras on them. I also sat through a few commentaries on the lord of the rings films.

      also the commentaries on the python films were very good
       
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      I have to admit that I do tend to watch the extras usually before I watch the main feature, but it's only on the odd occasion do I ever watch any of them again. The one thing that irks me is where those behind the camera, usually the director, waft lyrical about how "incredible" and "brilliant" etc, etc their actors are, or when fellow actors fawn about each other. This is usually replicated by those in front of the camera on how "visionary" and how "wonderful" and "incredible" the director is. How often do we hear how "brilliant" surgeons and doctors are, or how "incredible" academics such as Professors and Physicists are, or others who have trained and studied hard to get qualifications? They really do go over the top on sooo many occasions. If they do a good job directing or acting great, most get very, very well paid for it anyway in this industry that's one of the reasons they enter the world of entertainment apart from "the calling".

      What I do find very interesting, if the film is FX heavy, is how talented the CGI artists are and how CG FX has come on leaps and bounds since the first major film had this technology in abundance which was the original "Jurassic Park" and that was.... crumbs over twenty years ago 1997 on its release. :eek: In fact the first major motion picture that had any CG in it (I believe) was one of the early "Star Trek" films which showed the creation of a new "Genesis" planet. This was "Star Trek 2 The Wrath of Khan" released in 1984. Nowadays you can do a million times better than that on one's laptop or PC, that's technology for you. Anyway rant over luvvies. ;)
       
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      A good quality 'making of' (not a fluff piece) is always welcome on my blu ray player. Alternative endings or docs about changes to the film are good too (I remember a good one on 24 Hours Later)

      All film makers and studios should be forced to watch the Alien Quadrilogy and seek to measure up. That is what extras should look like.

      The Thing has great extras too.
       
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      Talking about extras, what's the easiest way to get the Harry Potter 8 part making of series along with the Daniel Radcliffe/JK Rowling interview thingy?

      Annoyingly it wasn't on the UK 4K UHD set.
       
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      In all my life of VHS, DVDs, Blu-ray, UHD I’ve do not recall watching any extras
       
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      Does that mean you never watched any or they were so all so incredibly forgettable that you've forgotten seeing them?

      :)
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      I can only recall the alternative ending to I am Legend. I wasn’t counting that as an extra. That’s about it.

      For me when the film is over it’s over.
       
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      In other words you don't watch them.

      Bri
       

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