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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 30/5/2011 5:02:50 PM   
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Throw Down: A 10 min Making Of (OK), a 40 min interview with director Jonnie To (fairly interesting on his methods of dealing with actors and the film's tribute to Kurosawa) and bits and bobs like the photo gallery and TV spots.

Also, the commentary with "Hong Kong film expert" Ric Meyer and Frank Djeng. Meyer's "expertise" isn't really a good fit for this film, as he continually tried to turn the conversation round to kung fu films and stars that had nothing to do with this drama featuring judo. Djeng's comments were a little more insightful, though the two clearly had their own agenda of things they wanted to talk about, and at times it was like two different commentaries converging.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 4/6/2011 9:31:02 PM   
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* The Wong Kar Wai interview, which actually showed some deleted scenes as well.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 5/6/2011 12:30:59 PM   
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last couple of days i watched all the making of doc's from X1 and X2 on Blu Ray. Nice long documentaries. I'm not a massive fan of either film, but the making of's were pretty fascinating. It doesn't help that i think Bryan Singer is a bit of a prick and just comes across as an annoying kid, but everything else on the doc's is really good. Love feature length docs.

Similarly i watched the feature length doc on the Gamer Blu Ray, which also comes highly recommended

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 6/6/2011 11:17:28 AM   
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Training Day: The commentary with director Antoine Fuqua, which is an ok, non-technical yak track. He discusses how the parts of the plot developed and the leeway the actors had, plus seeks to justify the Latino gangsters / cousin's purse coincidence.

Also watched the music videos (Pharoae Monche = good, Nelly = bad), the 15 min Making Of (perfunctory), and the 12 mins of deleted scenes (fine but would have probably slowed the pace too much). I must have fallen asleep whilst watching the alternate ending, cos the description on Wiki doesn't ring a bell...

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 13/6/2011 2:22:13 PM   
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5 Deadly Venoms: Bey Logan commentary. Decent enough.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 14/6/2011 11:33:52 AM   
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Inception:
- The 45 mins of stuff from the Extraction Mode (i.e. not in tandem with the film), which basically makes for a decent enough "Making Of".

- Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious - a 45 min documentary about dreams, that is only 10% about Inception. And it's fairly good, too.

- The Cobol Job - 15 min animated prologue to the film. Fine, if not exactly thrilling. The animation is that sort of 'stills that move' style, similar to Broken Saints, but this wee extra isn't as irksome or up it's own arse as that series / thing was.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 21/6/2011 8:29:23 PM   
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The Making of Psycho:  90 minute documentary.  One of the very best on a movie.  Goes through the film almost scene by scene. 

Psycho Sound:  A bunch of wankers slap themselves on the penis for bastardising the sound. We know better than Hitckcock!  Get the f out of here!

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 4/7/2011 10:11:32 AM   
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The Secret Rivals: Commentary with HK film "expert" Toby Russell and star Wong Tao (aka Don Wong).
At first I thought this was going to be pretty poor, with Toby Russell (son of director Ken) sounding a bit like a miserable Danny Baker, and qualifying everything Wong Tao says with a slightly detached "oh, really?"
Wong initially came across as rather big-headed, too, so that didn't help.

It did pick up, though, and Wong talked a little about the clash he had with Seasonal Films producer / co-director, Ng See Yuen over his role, and about his experience filming in Korea, working with John Liu and Hwang Jang Lee etc. Wong has a good voice, too - his gruff English accented by a mixture of Chinese and New York Italian.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 7/7/2011 8:59:10 AM   
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Mother:
- The Making of Mother
- The Transformation of Hye-Ja Kim
- Cast and Crew Reflect

Totalling just short of hour, with the Making Of taking up the bulk of that. Interesting enough, without being anything spectacular. On watching them, I felt like "this is the right sort of amount of extras on a DVD / BD" - single featurettes lasting an hour and a half or more are often a chore, and the same goes for tons of little featurettes that are really just one big one split into fragments (see next item).




The Shinjuku Incident:
The Making Of (17 mins), which was fine and compact, and 5 of the 8 Behind the Scenes featurettes
- Preproduction (14 min)
- The Critical Scenes (16 min)
- Action Sequences (16 min)
- The Director (12 min)
- Difficulties (10 min)

These started to be a pain in the arse. They all follow the same format - i.e. bits of prep and action filmed and stitched together, without much sense of continuity, no voice-over or title cards or anything to make it less dry, and in 2 or 3 of the featurettes, no particular relation with the title (e.g. "Difficulties" didn't really focus on difficulties). These 5 plus the remaining 3 Behind the Scenes featurettes are exactly what I'm talking about - it's just one long boring featurette arbitrarily chopped into pieces.

Remaining stuff to watch on this - 40 more mins of Behind the Scenes shots and 106 mins of interviews.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 13/7/2011 10:54:14 AM   
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The Road: John Hillcoat commentary - pretty decent. He preps the listener / viewer in advance that he's gonna wing it, and it does jump around a bit, but there are no gaps and he gives some good insight.

Also, the Making Of (11 mins) and Walking Into Darkness: John Hillcoat's "The Road" Documentary (13 mins). The former is just Hillcoat chatting about the film, and everything he says is already in the commo. Aside from adding a little scraps of Viggo Mortensen's thoughts on the film, the Making Of is largely redundant, too.

Not sure why we didn't we get the deleted scenes that the US release had, but by all accounts they were hardly vital.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 25/7/2011 12:34:02 PM   
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The Warrior (aka Musa): The commentary.
It's a  long film, but thankfully, as it was a Premier Asia release, Bey Logan was accompanied by Big Mike Leeder, which kept it fairly interesting and a little less info-overload than you get with just Bey on his own.




Paul: Everything....
So that's:

- The commentary with Greg Mottola, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Bill Hader and (barely) producer Nira Park. As with Pegg and Frosts commentaries on other films, it's upbeat and fairly good fun.
- The 40-min Making Of. Fine.
- An hour or so of Behind the Scenes featurettes. These were largely ok, although a bit back-slappy and some snippets from the Making Of get repeated here.
- About 30 mins of sundries, including bloopers, VFX stuff, galleries etc

All in all, pretty decent, doesn't get boring and isn't too overloaded. A commentary with some or all of Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Joe Le Truglio and John Carroll Lynch would have been welcome, and maybe Hader could've been in there, too / instead.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 2/8/2011 11:30:53 PM   
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Ip Man 2: Bey Logan commentary.
Shame there wasn't one on Ip Man 1, but I guess that must have been before Logan took the role at Cine Asia. He's rather more impressed with the film than I was, but many of the faults he finds in it, I wholeheartedly agree (primarily, the English actors and the one-note script they had to contend with).

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 12/8/2011 12:26:42 PM   
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Bullet in the Head:  Bey Logan commentary.
Just disc 2 to go now!

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 12/8/2011 8:46:56 PM   
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This week I watched the extra`s from the Criterion blu-ray of Stanley Kubrick`s The Killing
Not too long but very interesting nonetheless. I thought the Sterling Hayden interviews on it were brilliant.
Also loved it that Killer`s Kiss (newly restored) is on there as an extra.


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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 2/9/2011 12:25:10 PM   
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Yojimbo: Stephen Prince commentary.
Sanjuro: Stephen Prince commentary.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 19/9/2011 3:02:05 PM   
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Kagemusha: Stephen Prince commentary.



Sansho the Bailiff: Tony Rayns on Sansho Dayu - brief discussion (10 mins).

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 19/9/2011 11:25:38 PM   
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I saw the blu-ray of Back to The Future III and so far I`ve watched about an hour of the extra`s on the disc. Very fun and interesting stuff

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 26/9/2011 10:43:20 AM   
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Slap Shot: Puck Talk with the Hansons - a 5 min chat with the "brothers". Erm... yeah. Worth adding, huh?

I did started listening to the commentary (Hansons again), but after about 20 or 30 mins, I glazed over completely and had to turn it off. It's one of very few DVD extras that I don't expect I'll ever bother finishing. Unless someone tells me it gets brilliant / hilarious later on...

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 28/9/2011 9:29:54 AM   
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Seven Samurai: Film Scholars Round Table Commentary - the 1st commentary on this DVD, featuring Stephen Prince, David Desser, Tony Rayns, Donald Richie and Joan Mellen.

Mostly very good. The "scholars" are clearly reading from scripts they've prepared (just as Stephen Prince has done on his other Kurosawa commentaries) - and that could make it quite a dry, verbose affair, especially on a film weighing in at nigh on 3.5 hours.

However, the format (the commentators appear consecutively for approx 40 mins each), their shared enthusiasm and slightly differing focuses keeping it interesting. The only negative, really, is that it is a little speculative on Kurosawa's methods and intentions on occasion. Maybe I'm just being cynical, cos it was infrequent, but at times it felt like certain commentators might have read a little more into things than was necessarily there.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 10/10/2011 10:33:47 AM   
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Seven Samurai: Michael Jeck Commentary.
I was expecting this to be pretty dull after the previous (tag-team) commentary, but in fact it is very strong, and you really feel like you're being taught something about the subject. Jeck's commentary is included on this release, but was recorded for the original Criterion DVD of the film, whereas the Film Scholars one was recorded specifically for this later release.

Jeck doesn't speculate, and he makes a couple of more accurate observations, correcting slight errors in the other commentary (specifically, info about shots, including close-ups, shots of women in the film etc), plus he gives a greater focus / insight into Mifune and his portrayal of Kikuchiyo

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 11/10/2011 10:52:23 PM   
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Thor on blu-ray -

Deleted scenes - mixed bag, can see why they were cut from main film.

Mini Avengers build up picking up some lead for The Hulk into next year's super team extravaganza

Usual 'making of' consisting of how amazing it was to work with person X and what vision the director had to tackle the 'source material'

Trailers etc.

Most 'disappointing' though was the Avengers build, basically a complimation of scenes from the Marvel films to date moulded together with comic con footage from last year and some 'yeah, no shit sherlock' snippets from Wheedon.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 12/10/2011 2:46:12 PM   
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'superman' anthology-

'look, up in the sky...' an excellent doc covering supes in comics, on radio, serials, tv and film.
'you'll believe' -a behind the scenes doc on the movies covering the more controversial aspects that sank the franchise.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 3/11/2011 8:53:27 PM   
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X - Men : First Class on Blu-ray

Making of docu - as always with Vaughan you get brutal honesty about the film making process and his films are always well produced and well managed. Pretty much same crew from Kick Ass came onto this film with him and an amazing effort given the whole thing was prepped, shot and edited within around six months.

Deleted scenes - some should have stayed but I would imagine cut by studio request.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 14/11/2011 10:46:33 PM   
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Zodiac: I started watching the extras for this way back in 2008 (page 3 of this thread!). Last update was in 2009, when I said:

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Zodiac (Director's Cut) - Jeez, this is going to take me forever.
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Had a quick look at what I've got left to watch... Visual Effects (15 mins), Pre-Viz (9 mins), This is the Zodiac Speaking (102 mins), His Name Was (42 mins). So just another 2 hours in total....

I was pretty bored of the extras about the film back then, and it just felt like overkill. However, the remainder turmed out to be pretty good on the whole. The Pre-Viz thing was inconsequential, but the Visual Effects doc was a bit more watchable, as it showcased the mostly seamless effects. The 2 longer pieces were both from the section entitled "The Facts", and consisted of interviews with cops and such related to the real Zodiac case. Both were pretty interesting, the latter in particular, with contributors presenting conflicting accounts of what happened.

Total number of distinct films and tv series' I watched extras from:
During 2008 = 53

During 2009 = 50
During 2010 = 35
During 2011 = 31

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 15/11/2011 1:28:29 AM   
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I thought the Zodiac extras were amazing. 

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 18/11/2011 12:45:10 PM   
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Article on the death of DVD extras, something that pisses me off as I don't have Blu Ray and prices are generally the same as they were a few years ago; also '2 disc special editions' are basically a thing of the past.

http://badassdigest.com/2011/11/08/terror-tuesday-the-slow-death-of-dvd-special-editions


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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 19/11/2011 6:10:45 PM   
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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 3/12/2011 10:55:23 AM   
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Blue Velvet BR -The newly discovered deleted scenes are a wonderful find. There's about 50 mins of footage presented in more-or-less chronological order and in HD quality. Some really fun stuff with Frank and his crew terrifying some unfortunate bar patrons (some repeated dialogue from other scenes turns up here) And a longer glimpse into Jeffrey's life at College, plus more domestic material with Jeffrey's Mother and Aunt. it plays like an interesting little side-movie to the events of the film.

You can see why it was all cut, Jeffrey works better as a cypher character, without much back story. But the deleted scenes do make a very engaging supplement to the finished film.

The Mysteries of Love documentary covers a lot of ground too, some old interview material is spliced back in (Dennis Hopper obviously). A very comprehensive overview and the details about the films' score were a highlight.

This is well worth picking up now as a region free disc, don't bother waiting for a European distributor to get around to releasing it.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 30/1/2012 10:45:54 AM   
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Ran: Stephen Prince commentary. And informative essay, though rather less enthralling (and enthusiastic) than the one he did for Seven Samurai.



The Lady Hermit: Just a few trailers for FUNimation releases...



Texhnolyze: Trailers on every disc for other anime series'. I also started off watching the Alternative Dialogue Outtakes on the first couple of discs but they're terrible - basically the American voice actors making up their own woefully unfunny dialogue to (fail to) go with the images onscreen - so I quit.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 15/2/2012 2:47:27 PM   
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Attack the Block: The "Junior" commentary with director Joe Cornish and the young cast members, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Simon Howard & Leeon Jones. Very much Cornish-led interviewy style, and whilst it was ok, it wasn't a huge amount of fun.


Outrage: The "Featurette" - it's fine, but aside from a trailer, the only extra on this BD, which leaves you feeling a bit short-changed. It consists of about 20 mins of the cast talking about their roles and working with Kitano.

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