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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 24/12/2010 10:32:33 AM   
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9 Souls: The interviews with director Toyoda Toshiaki. The first is 38 mins and is an example of a badly edited interview - half the questions are so obtuse the director can't really answer them. Then there's 3 or 4 questions about the film The Last Samurai and its success in Japanese cinemas, but Toyoda had not seen the film, and clearly wasn't interested in it, leaving it that line of enquiry floundering.
The other interview is more successful, though short at only 6.5 mins.



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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 28/12/2010 2:04:26 AM   
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Ong Bak: The Beginning: The making of, which is ok. It shows some behind the scenes stuff of the fights and stunts, including a couple of accidents, where people are rapidly stretchered away, and demonstrates again exactly what I felt when watching the film - that the fight scenes with weapons are distinctly less effective than those where Jaa and co stick to Muay Thai and beat the crap out of each other with knees and elbows.

Also, the presskit interviews, totalling about 15 mins, which were largely pointless. Jaa's must have been done at a point before everything went tits up for him, as he seems very proud and pleased with the film, and not at all like he was having arguments with the studio over money / annoyed at being forced to accept a co-director / being allegedly pressured by gangsters / recovering from an alleged kidnapping / rumoured (in the Thai press) to be practicing black magic / planning to become a monk....

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 29/12/2010 12:08:36 AM   
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The Good, The Bad, The Weird: Finally watched everything on this disc!
An extensive set of extras that includes 43mins of deleted scenes, 4 or 5 alternative endings, a feature length Making Of, plus an interview with the director and the 3 stars and some other bits and bobs.
Generally pretty good, but it took me ages cos there's so much.


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

During 2009 = 50
During 2010 = 35


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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 3/1/2011 2:53:04 AM   
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Infernal Affairs: The 15 min "Behind the Scenes" feature, which was really just presskit interviews; the 6 min "Confidential File" feature, which was a basic behind the scenes montage; the blooper reel, which felt very stunted and out of place on such a film; and the alternate ending, which was a much more like the kind of endings HK actioners had to have back in the mid to late 80s.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 17/1/2011 11:50:48 AM   
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No. 3: The 23 min behind the scenes / interviewy feature. Fine, but inessential.




Breaking News: The 6 or 7 minute behind the scenes feature. Short....

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 19/1/2011 1:28:27 AM   
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The Peter Serafinowicz Show: Everything. Namely the Xmas special, the 13 min behind the scenes doc, the 2 episode commentaries and the 17 mins of deleted scenes with and without commo. Fair, although the commentaries were less fun than I'd expected, particularly in comparison to the Look Around You commos.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 31/1/2011 2:16:16 AM   
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Four Lions: Everything - namely the deleted scenes (which were decent), the short interview with cast and director (which should have been longer), the interviews with Muslim youths, and the behind the scenes bits and bobs (some of which had already appeared in the interview section).
Fair enough, but more would have been welcome.



Iron Man 2: All of the disc 1 stuff except the commentary. It's primarily an expanded version of the viewing mode that contains pop up stuff. It was terribly dull text-based guff or wire-frame blueprint-style pics for the most part, with occasional little bits like the Stark companies' advertisements that at least helped round out the world a little. Extensive disc 2 extras and commo to go.................

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 1/2/2011 4:34:09 PM   
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I have hundreds of DVDs, close to a thousand I reckon and I've barely listened to any commentaries. Some like Ridley Scott or Oliver Stone are favourites and I'm aware of a few that are worth a listen like Conan with Milius and Schwarzenegger supposedly having a great aul time but not sure what else really.

Could anyone recommend about 10 really good commentaries? I had a peruse on this site : www.ratethatcommentary.com though I'm not sure how reliable it is, seems a bit of a ragbag.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 1/2/2011 7:39:57 PM   
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A few of my favourite audio commentaries.

Shane Meadows and Paddy Considine on Dead Man's Shoes - informative, childish, bullshit-free!
Martin Scorsese and Michael Powell on The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp: recorded for the Laserdisc; still golden.
Christopher Frayling on A Fistful of Dollars/For A Few Dollars More: what he doesn't know about Leone isn't worth knowing!
Alex Cox on Highway Patrolman: passionate.

There's loads more, but me stir-fry's ready!

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 5/2/2011 8:42:40 AM   
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PREDATORS - good 'Making Of' stuff and deleted scenes and I'm now watching the film mitt commentary.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 10/2/2011 3:25:39 PM   
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Iron Man 2: The rest - namely, the commentary and all the disc 2 stuff.

The Behind the Scenes doc was ok, and I'm glad it was split into 4 chunks. Too many of these feature-length docs are either annoyingly broken up into 20-odd parts of a few mins each, or are just one single doc, which can be a bit of a dull watch, especially as you'd be better off spending the 90 mins watching another film.
The 6 featurettes were pretty much just more of the same, but in shorter bits, the Illustrated Origins ones being of most interest.

I'm not really a fan of Favreau's commentary style - a lot of it is very descriptive of what's on screen, and I think he'd have benefitted from having a commo buddy (esp RDJ). He didn't give much new away about The Avengers or other forthcoming Marvel projects, aside from a quick mention of Black Panther, which I wasn't aware was in the works.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 10/2/2011 4:36:44 PM   
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Listened to the Bey Logan commentary, I do wonder how he keeps all that information in his brain.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 10/2/2011 5:23:10 PM   
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Could anyone recommend about 10 really good commentaries?


I suppose it depends on what you are after. If it's informative, you can't go wrong with a Ridley Scott comm, especially Alien. If you want fun, any of the Evil Dead commentaries are great, especially if it's Raimi and Campbell together. John Carpenter and Kurt Russell have done 3 commentaries (The Thing, Big Trouble In Little China and Escape From New York) but they are not to everyone's tastes. I think they're quite fun but it is basically 2 pals getting shit-faced together. Kevin Smith, love him or hate him, gives good commentary, he doesn't hold back either. If he dislikes someone or something, he says it (he didn't get on with Linda Fiorentino on Dogma for example).

If you are interested in fan commentaries, there's a link to Down In Front in my sig. They are pretty awesome although I don't always agree with their opinons. Plus, they are in the business, so on occasion, they will do a film they (well, mostly Trey Stokes) had something to do with. And their Men In Black comm feautres the creator of the original comic book.


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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 12/2/2011 9:34:48 PM   
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Infernal Affairs II: Very similar to IA1, but fewer in number. The "Making Of" was really just a 21min set of interviews and the "Confidential File" was a short behind the scenes montage. The deleted scenes were fine, but 2 of the 3 were too drawn out and would have slowed the pace of the film. No commentary or blooper reel on this one.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 13/2/2011 7:08:10 PM   
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THE EXPENDABLES! The 'Inferno' doc is Excellent. Now, I'm watching the film avec Stallone's commentary.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 14/2/2011 7:49:45 AM   
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Watched Hearts of Darkness on the Apocalypse Now Full Disclosure Edition.  It has been a while since I have seen the documentary and had really forgotten how great it is.
Also watched the special features for The Social network.  They have set up this kind of talking heads interviews cut with behind the scene footage and it all looks rather nice on Blu.  Highlights were the Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor features.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 18/2/2011 12:14:31 AM   
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Full Contact: Bey Logan & Gary Daniels commentary. It was probably 90% Logan, 10% Daniels, and I'm not entirely sure why the latter was there, as he's not connected with the film or Hong Kong Legends in any way, but fair do's.

EDIT: Plus the interviews with bad guys Simon Yam and Frankie Chin, plus the 20 min featurette demonstrating some of the techniques used in gunplay in HK cinema.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 20/2/2011 8:50:21 PM   
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Infernal Affairs III: The "Making Of", which, once again, was just presskit interviews (about 18 mins) and no "making of" / behind the scenes footage whatsoever. Ok, but hardly essential viewing.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 20/2/2011 9:21:26 PM   
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Because I was bored I listened to the coomentaries to Lethal Weapon 2 and Lethal Weapon 3. Richard Donner is getting on in years, bless him, he didn't even know it was Elton John singing the end credits song of LW3. He even said it wasn't until he read the end credits 

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 2/3/2011 7:11:18 PM   
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Last Hurrah For Chivalry: The Bey Logan commentary, which was fair enough as usual, plus the interviews with two of the film's baddies, Fung Hak On and Lee Hoi San, which were decent but felt like they were just sections of a longer interview (other bits of the same interviews will probably appear on other Dragon Dynasty releases, as happened with HKL).

Also, there was also a cheapo 10 minute feature on the weapons used in the film, which Bey fronted and consisted of him talking about one weapon, followed by a clip or two from the film, followed by a couple of lads in a guan swinging said weapons round...

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 2/3/2011 11:13:44 PM   
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Oh, I forgot:


Ricky Gervais Live: Science: As the gig itself was less funny than previous ones, so too was the extra feature, Meet Karl Pilkington II, which felt a bit like Gervais just hectoring Pilkington in the hope that he'd be provoked into making some funny/mental statement.

A little better, at least, was the extra wherein Karl (with Gervais) met Warwick Davis. The third extra, covering Gervais in the US talking to Larry David and clips of him on Letterman was pretty much meh.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 6/3/2011 12:04:51 AM   
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Infernal Affairs: The subtitled commentary by directors Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, and stars Eric Tsang, Tony Leung and Andy Lau. This is not a proper commentary with cast and crew sat in a room watching the film and commenting. It seems to be a series of extended interviews with the individuals, spliced together into something resembling a commentary. It's ok, but a bit on the dull side.


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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 23/3/2011 11:00:26 PM   
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Little Big Soldier: The Bey Logan commentary, the Making Of gallery, which is basically 7 x 3min interviewy blurbs, and the On-set report gallery, which is instantly the most annoyingly formatted BD extra I've seen. It's made up of 20 x 35sec snippets. This wouldn't have been so bad if it weren't for the fact that the PS3 is fairly slow in changing up and down from the 1080p menu to the 576 resolution (or whatever it was). So to have two 10-sec pauses for each 35-sec "on-set report" really started making my eyes cross.

Message to Cine Asia: "there's thing called Play All, right....."

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 31/3/2011 5:08:27 PM   
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Le Cercle Rouge: Commentary from Melville author Ginette Vincendeau. It sounds very much like an essay being read, and it's no surprise to learn that she is a Melville biographer. Initially, I had my doubts over how long I could listen to quite a dry, gapless commentary with sentences beginning "moreover" and "note how...", as if read straight from the page (it's hardly Brett Ratner commentating on Rush Hour!!), but I settled into it, and ultimately found it fairly enjoyable. It was undeniably informative, though I have a feeling Vincendeau may have read too much into certain aspects, attributing more in the way of symbolism to the film than there necessarily was.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 31/3/2011 5:29:47 PM   
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Le Cercle Rouge: Commentary from Melville author Ginette Vincendeau. It sounds very much like an essay being read, and it's no surprise to learn that she is a Melville biographer. Initially, I had my doubts over how long I could listen to quite a dry, gapless commentary with sentences beginning "moreover" and "note how...", as if read straight from the page (it's hardly Brett Ratner commentating on Rush Hour!!), but I settled into it, and ultimately found it fairly enjoyable. It was undeniably informative, though I have a feeling Vincendeau may have read too much into certain aspects, attributing more in the way of symbolism to the film than there necessarily was.



The one where he shows himself up as a racist tit claiming Asian cinema is just a bunch of amateurs making silly movies and American movies are so much better?  Case in point Rush Hour is clearly better than any movie Jackie Chan made in Asia.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 1/4/2011 12:40:46 AM   
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Just to be clear, I wasn't advocating that anyone should actually listen to Brett Ratner's Rush Hour commentary...


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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 3/4/2011 1:16:49 AM   
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Watched the whole 2 hour behind the scenes which was amazingly informative and didn't shy away from anything, also watched the origins of the comic which was good as well and you can see how passionate everyone involved was. I listened to the commentary too which was pretty good, I like how blunt Matthew Vaughn can be, it's refreshing.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 19/4/2011 1:25:14 AM   
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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: Wow there's a lot on this flipper. Here's what I've watched so far:

- Commentary with Michael Cera, Jason Shwartzman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong & Brandon Routh
- Deleted scenes - 27 mins
- Outtakes - 9 mins
- Making Of - 49 mins
- Music Featurette - 16 mins
- You Too Can Be In Sex Bob-omb - 2.5 mins
I also started on a second commo, but my mind's now fuzzed, so I'll come back to it....

Fairly decent so far, the cast commo was ok, if not as fun as I'd expected. The Making Of and Music Featurette probably the most interesting bits so far.

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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 4/5/2011 2:26:27 PM   
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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: More...

- Commentary with Edgar Wright, co-writer Michael Bacall and "Scott Pilgrim" author Bryan Lee O'Malley
- Pre-Production stuff - 97 mins
- Adult Swim: Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation - 4 mins
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the Censors: TV Safe Version - 4 mins
- VFX Before and After- 14 mins
- Alternative Edits - 12 mins
I also started on a second commo, but my mind's now fuzzed, so I'll come back to it....

THe commentary was decent, and some of the pre-prod and stuff is fine, but it has become a bit of overkill now. And I still have 2 commentaries, the video blogs and F knows what else to watch. Might take a break from this one for a while!


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RE: Today I saw the extra's from ....... - 17/5/2011 11:36:31 AM   
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And for the final time...


Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: More...

- Commentary with Edgar Wright & Bill Pope
- Commentary with Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Kieran Culkin & Mark Webber
- The 40-odd (?) minutes of Blogs
- Most of the Gallery stuff

Rather than being a massive Scott Pilgrim fan, I just wanted to get this one boxed away, so cracked on and listened to my 3rd and 4th commos. The Wright / Pope one is fine, and sufficiently different from the other one featuring Wright,
The supporting cast one is a bit crap, but ok I guess.

I skimmed some of the gallery stuff pretty swiftly, cos there's tons of photos and storyboard images.


All in all, the vast amount of extras are frankly overkill, unless your a huge fan of the film.

I didn't even look at the BD Live stuff...

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