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October 18, 2004

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Kip Manley

It seems this is the sort of thing that someone could produce freelance, if they had smart thoughts. An MP3 that you play along with the movie, containing worthwhile reflections, etc. etc.

Ebert was really big on pushing this idea a while back. People doing their own commentaries and P2Ping them as MP3s. I have no idea what became of it, though.

Gary Farber

What became of it is that you can find such independent commentaries offered all over the Internet. Ditto people making and offering their own re-cuts of movies, or their own re-dubbings.

It's quite popular. It will on become more so. (And I will look back and say, ha, ha, I pointed this out to you, John Holbo, because I am a Cool Cat, so there!)

I'm too dizzy from some medication to feel like Googling to find some links for you, but I know you'all can google for yourselves.

Making one's own Buffy music videos is a whole genre, by the way.

Gary Farber

What became of it is that you can find such independent commentaries offered all over the Internet. Ditto people making and offering their own re-cuts of movies, or their own re-dubbings.

It's quite popular. It will on become more so. (And I will look back and say, ha, ha, I pointed this out to you, John Holbo, because I am a Cool Cat, so there!)

I'm too dizzy from some medication to feel like Googling to find some links for you, but I know you'all can google for yourselves.

Making one's own Buffy music videos is a whole genre, by the way.

Keith

I'm a bit of a comentary addict myself. If you're looking for some really fantastic comentarys, I recommend Shadow of the Vampire and Titus for all out thourough exposition and thematic discussion and of course, Lord of the Rings for the dork in all of us. Fellowship is great because you can listen to Cristopher Lee wax poetic about Tolkien contextually. Lee apparently has read LOTR once a year since the books were first published and to hear him casually quote lengthy passages that correspond to the filmic scenes is like having the coolest, creepiest Tolkien Scholar sitting there beside you.

jholbo

Gary, you have opened my eyes to a Brave New World. Keith, thanks for the Titus recommendation. I own the disc. Now I'll listen to the audio. (I take it you refer to the Shakespeare Anthony Hopkins vehicle of a few years back.)

chun the unavoidable

I'd recommend the audio on John Wesley Harding. Does he really rhyme "moon" and "spoon" at one point?

jholbo

Chun, you're back! And you haven't changed a bit! (It's nice to know some mockingbirds never sail away.)

noctos

Best audio commentary that I've heard up till now: Roy Andersson on the fabulous amazing Songs From The Second Floor.

and Ridley Scott is idd quite ok at talking. Matchstick Men was pleasant listening (and watching).

William S

Also nice is the one for Star Trek: Wrath of Khan where he is explaining how difficult it is to do creative work because studio execs do not understand that sitting in a bathtub is working.

Alvin Chong

This should be it:
http://www.dvdtracks.com/

Lots more out there tho.

jholbo

Thanks, Alvin. (Is there anything the interweb won't do for me? I am constantly amazed at its wonders. No, seriously. I am.)

Joe O

When I am sick at home and don't have enough DVDs, I often watch the commentary track.

The commentary for "meet the parents" is particularly funny because everyone is solicitous of Robert De Niro and tries to get him to tell stories but he responds with yes or no answers.

AustinDan

MP3 of Wizard People, Dear Reader is available at http://www.illegal-art.org
A strange retelling of the Harry Potter saga by a man who A. has never seen the film before and B. is very drunk

I think there is a lot of potential for this sort of thing.

Adam Kotsko

We already have a perfectly good name for a four-part saga: Tetrology. I don't understand why people think that we need to make up a new one based on a supposed analogy with "trilogy." ("Tetrology" has the added advantage of evoking memories of the game Tetris.)

Another possibility: Call it "The Increasingly Inaptly Named Alien Trilogy."

jam


there's also "quartet" - but it just sounds weird: Alien Quartet ...?

sounds like Bach after a first encounter...

spacetoast

A while ago I read Noel Carrol's "Philosophy of Mass Art." I didn't think its arguments were especially sensitive to the questions it took up, but I do think that that Boston Globe bastard should be clubbed over the head with it.

As for commentaries, I find the commentaries that come along with horror movies most interesting, as a category. I think that genre, and maybe the people who work in that genre, is just especially conducive to interesting DVD commentaries. The commentary on Texas Chainsaw is fascinating. Gunnar Hansen talks about how, due to some error with the wardrobe, he had to wear the same single Leatherface costume during the entire shoot, which he stunk up pretty bad in that Texas heat, and so he was completely ostracized by the cast and crew because he smelled so bad and things like that...nobody would eat with him or talk with him, and he sort of makes a sort of Stanislavski device of it, it seems. Actually cutting Marylin Burns's hand, etc. Kind of scary. Plus, people were barfing on the set from the heat.

Besides the shooting-annecdote style of commentary, I also like Wes Craven's commentary on Nightmare on Elm Street. Nothing is wasted in that movie, and it's kind of gratifying to see him draw that out.

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