View Full Version : Favorite DVD commentary tracks and why

10-01-2002, 02:27 PM
I listen to commentary tracks. I tend to like those that are anecdotal in nature- casting decisions, funny stories, etc. My favorites are:
Chasing Amy- too funny (the fan boy cut scene was great, too.)
Ghostbusters- more funny stuff- the MST3K motiff was neat also.
Star Trek TMP- it was interesting to hear about the Blaster Beam (the instrument used during the V-ger sequences) and all of the updates for the director's edition.

Master Goeweins
10-01-2002, 02:38 PM
Yeah, I love commentary tracks. They add so much to the movie. My favorites:
1) Mallrats- Funnier than the actual movie. The core group of the Smith cast hang out and just make fun of everything and everyone... couldn't have been scripted any funnier.
2) Return to Me- Again, too funny.
3) City of Lost Children- makes you realize that just because you don't understand a part, dosn't mean your stupid. The writer didn't even know what he was getting at.

10-01-2002, 02:54 PM
I prefer the more technical commentarys, like how the movies are made, interesting details and stuff like that :) so that means that my fave commentary track is...

yes you've guessed it...:D



10-01-2002, 04:40 PM
MIB - the other disk that has the "MST3k"-style commentary track, it was fun watching Tommy Lee Jones and director Barry Sonnenfeld talk and talk and talk, they were interesting people to watch a movie with.

UHF - Weird Al has a ton of great stuff to say about this film! Michael Richads' and Emo Phillips' cameo appearances on the track are also great stuff.

Tron - These guys are clearly passionate about their film and a lot of interesting philosophy comes out during the commentary.

I actually own Ghostbusters, but haven't had a chance to play the commentary yet.

10-01-2002, 04:43 PM
Chasing Amy and Clerks both had hilarious commentaries.

10-01-2002, 04:54 PM
I love audio commentaries, one of my features since the days of Laserdisc. Here's a few of my favorites, I know I'm forgetting some great ones. :)

American Werewolf in London - David Naughton and Griffin Dunne sit together and talk about making the film. Lotsa laughs and intresting stories from these two. :)

Clerks, Clerks: TAS, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back - Pretty much any commentary that Kevin Smith and gang is involved in is great. Can't wait for the upcoming 2-disc Anniversary set of Clerks. They are going to record a new audio commentary with Cast and Crew. :cool: :D

Evil Dead/Evil Dead II/Army of Darkness - Great audio commentaries, love to hear Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi discuss making the movie. AOD has some hilarious comments. :)

Re-Animator/Bride of Re-Animator - Great commentaries from the film makers and the stars of both of these films. Re-Animator is great when Barbara Crampton is talking about Dr. Hill. :)

The Goonies - Richard Donner and most of the kids come together to discuss the making of Goonies. Sean Astin leaves halfway thru though and they mention he's going to do some filming for LOTR's. :)

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace - Don't have much to say that hasn't been said before. Great audio commentary. The only thing that would have made it better was if they would have recorded them all in the same room. A cast commentary would have been nice also, maybe for the Archival Editions? :)

The Thing - Great audio commentary from John Carpenter and Kurt Russel. Not only is the movie excellent, but stick J.C. and K.R. is a room together and they really have alot of fun. Their audio commentary on Big Trouble in Little China is great also. :)

Willow - Warwick Davies gets a Audio Commentary all to himself where he gets to talk about the making of Willow. It's amazing that he can carry the whole Audo Commentary himself. :)


Jar Jar Binks

James Boba Fettfield
10-01-2002, 06:13 PM
I loved the commentary track from the deleted scenes of Blade 2. Del Toro was a hit, even though it is not a true commentary to the movie. The only other commentary I have actually listened to completely and thoroughly enjoyed was that of Tom Savini on his version of Night of the Living Dead. Most of the time I do not bother listening to the commentaries.

Exhaust Port
10-02-2002, 09:50 AM
Roger Ebert on Dark City is my all time favorite. Spinal Tap is a close second. Having the 3 "characters" return to comment on their documentary is absolutely hysterical. "Remember him?" "Oh yeah, isn't he dead now?" Also Mel Gibson is pretty entertaining on Braveheart.

10-02-2002, 12:18 PM
Originally posted by JarJarBinks
The Goonies - Richard Donner and most of the kids come together to discuss the making of Goonies. Sean Astin leaves halfway thru though and they mention he's going to do some filming for LOTR's. :)

I have that DVD but never watched the commentary, so on your advice I watched the first several minutes because it was late. It was cool to see everyone after so many years. For the most part everyone looks the same- Except Chunk, he got skinny- I love how he won the Presidency at Berkley running as Chunk.

And how about Kerri Green? She is now in her mid thirties, and looking very good. The drug abuse jokes with Feldman were a little sad- I can't wait to watch the rest.

Prince Xizor
10-02-2002, 02:38 PM
Any Kevin Smith DVD has awesome commentary. My personal favorite is Chasing Amy.

10-02-2002, 05:29 PM
Originally posted by JediTricks
UHF - Weird Al has a ton of great stuff to say about this film! Michael Richads' and Emo Phillips' cameo appearances on the track are also great stuff.

definitely! do you think those really were the addresses to all the sets and locations they shot on, or was he making them up each time? also - "oh, yeah, emo phillips. i wonder where he is these days?"

Originally posted by Exhaust Port
Also Mel Gibson is pretty entertaining on Braveheart.

yeah, i really like how conversational it is... when the "boy william" wakes up and he's like, "there's something very natural about how he just woke up there - i don't know, just very natural..." or how he says that it's raining in every scene, but it's such a fine mist of a rain that it doesn't even show up on the film...

and yeah, anything with kevin smith on it is great.

the one on young frankenstein is great too... mel brooks NEVER gets to finish a thought!

10-02-2002, 06:04 PM
I absolutely believe they are the real addresses. I suppose it wouldn't even be that hard if they kept the callsheets from the shoot. If it was fake, I totally bought it.

I can't wait to get Dark City on DVD.

10-02-2002, 06:19 PM
it seemed too "right off the top of my head" to be from callsheets, or even to be fake. i also believe that they were the true addresses, but can't believe that he actually remembers them all - ah, a quandary...

i haven't had the time to check out the commentary on dark city. i guess i'll have to do that soon...

10-02-2002, 06:40 PM
Oh no, I am fairly confident he's reading those off a piece of paper, you can hear him grabbing the paper and scanning for the proper address on one of 'em.

10-02-2002, 07:42 PM
i will have to examine closer next time...

Exhaust Port
10-02-2002, 09:16 PM
Dark City was the first commentary that I ever listened to and I haven't found one to be so educational. The main reason I've found is that Roger Ebert is doing the voice over. His amazing knowledge of film making, style, development, history, etc. expands the movie experience. I loved the movie when I saw it in the theater but have an even greater appreciation for it after watching it again with the commentary.

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
10-03-2002, 08:25 PM
Stand By Me and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory are both excellent because we get to see the child stars who are now grown up, and we reminisce on their thoughts and feelings on working on those respective movies as they were young and their reflections on their work now.

Kevin Smith gives us a lot of commentary, explanations, and more jokes when he explores the cut scenes from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. He seems very passionate in his respect of his fans. That is why we got to see so much.

10-04-2002, 07:33 AM
Freddy Got Fingered, because Tom Green does it!!!!

Prince Xizor
10-04-2002, 10:29 AM
Tom Green, ugh..........

10-04-2002, 03:01 PM
Just a couple of great ones off the top of my head:

Evil Dead/Evil Dead 2/Army of Darkness

Any Kevin Smith film

Star Wars TPM

Dude, Where's my Car? - The movie was not that great, but the audio commentary is hilarious.


Oz - HBO

06-19-2006, 11:24 AM
Would somebody like to merge this thread with Caesar's thread?

06-19-2006, 11:38 AM
No, we don't reward shameless plugs for one's own thread around here. ;)

Put LolliLove on the list, I guess if only because I bothered to listen to the commentary for a second time, something that RARELY happens (since I usually don't even listen to a commentary for a first time :crazed: ).

Oh, and The Office (U.S. edition) commentaries I've listened to so far are pretty good. I haven't finished all of them yet, though. :)

06-19-2006, 11:41 AM
No, we don't reward shameless plugs for one's own thread around here. ;)

What about giving out rewards for unearthing old threads?

06-19-2006, 11:16 PM
Pee Wee's Big Adventure - The opportunity to listen to Paul (Pee Wee Herman) Reubens interact with Tim Burton is worth the price of this one

Big Brother - Disney movie that was so-so, but funnier with Rut & Tut (the moose from the movie)doing there impression of MST3K with the movie

10-23-2007, 01:19 PM
Caligula The Imperial Edition has a commentary track with Malcolm McDowall on the second disc with the hard core shots left out. It is a riot as he starts doing impressions of the other actors speaking to each other. Example:

"And Peter (O'Toole) said, 'Johnny, what is a Knight of the Realm doing in a porno film!?' And (Sir) John (Gielgud) said, 'Oh, I, ah...' 'Come on, Johnny, it's a porno!'"

10-24-2007, 09:46 AM
The only DVD commentaries that really stick in my mind are the cast commentaries for the LOTR films. Especially when the actors who played the four Hobbits are talking, it's always hilarious.:D