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Obsessive? Me? [Dec. 3rd, 2009|10:01 pm]
Zoethe
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I'm in the midst of a weekend-eating project of both extreme attention detail and extreme boredom. In order to get myself through this, I have mounted a personal Lord of the Rings/Harry Potter marathon on a DVD player with a nine inch screen.

Having started yesterday with Fellowship of the Ring extended version, I decided to then listen to all the DVD extras, and then to listen to all four full-length commentaries, just because I was amused to find out how many hours of entertainment I could get out of this one movie.

I'm impressed. I still have 1.25 commentaries to listen to, and haven't even broken out the other version with the Making Of... DVD extra.

But as I get more tired and punchy, my plan may have some flaws. Just now I found myself standing in the bathroom, hoping Ferrett would come in so I could yell at him:

YOU...SHALL...NOT...PEE!

Yeah, possibly too much Tolkien...
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[User Picture]From: kid_lit_fan
2009-12-04 03:06 am (UTC)
My first DVD with really serious extras was Moulin Rouge. 11.5 hours, including dance numbers from various angles, which should be legally mandated for all dance numbers. (I hear that porn is the only genre that regularly takes advantage of angles on DVDs.).
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[User Picture]From: aiela
2009-12-04 03:29 am (UTC)
I love you. ;)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-04 05:14 am (UTC)
Love you, too!
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[User Picture]From: rhapsody_98
2009-12-04 03:37 am (UTC)
My Junior year of college, I had a Shakespeare class, and I was reading the Silmarillion for fun.

Everything I wrote that year (shopping lists, notes, letters, emails to teachers) had to be re-written because I started using the worst archaic vocabulary.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-04 05:07 am (UTC)
I can totally believe that. LOL.
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2009-12-04 03:39 am (UTC)
That's pretty amazing. I honestly can't get behind commentaries in some cases, because seeing an actor talk about their experiences often just brings me rudely away from the fantasy world of the movie, which interrupts my enjoyment. But then others are great fun, so it just depends. XD (I remember enjoying the extras on the Red Dwarf DVDs quite a bit, especially the episode commentaries).
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-04 05:08 am (UTC)
I love commentary, assuming that it's someone talking about the process. Nothing is more boring than a commentary where the director is just explaining the plot.

I don't find that it has any effect on my enjoyment of the film; I can just put it aside.
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2009-12-04 05:59 am (UTC)
It really depends. I've been watching the commentaries on the Voyager discs (I'm watching the series through Netflix right now) and it's really kind of ugly to see the non-human characters out of makeup. It entirely disturbs my idea of the character. I don't have that problem as much with movies where people are less made up, but sometimes if the actor is really shallow or really different from the character (the guy who plays Neelix is kind of negative in some of the commentaries) it bothers me more.

I find it's more of a problem with "serious" actors than it is with comedians. Comedians just make it all into a joke, so you can laugh instead, and any differences are smoothed over.
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[User Picture]From: saraphina_marie
2009-12-04 04:45 am (UTC)
Ohh the cast commentary on Fellowship.

Things I learned:

Liv Tyler is a total airhead. "This is me in a dress. I am an elf and that's why I'm barefoot....." Etc.

Dominic and Billy are Merry and Pippin IRL. Also Elijah.

Orlando Bloom is just for display purposes only. Never let him speak. He natters on forever about NOTHING!

Also, costume porn FTW, but the craft segments on the second film are better.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-04 05:13 am (UTC)
Orlando totally reminds me of a puppy: OMG, everyone was wonderful and it was awesome and did I mention that everyone was wonderful???. Ian McKellen's ability to gently skewer is an art form, though.

Then there's John Rhys Davies: OMG, everything was horrible but I was awesome and did I mention that everything was horrible???

(I'm listening to the designer and post-production commentaries for the first time, and that's fun.)
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[User Picture]From: zzzzsleep
2009-12-04 05:31 am (UTC)
I would have thought
"YOU...SHALL...NOT...PASS...WIND!"
may have worked better.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-04 05:39 am (UTC)
Naw, I prefer the same number of syllables.

"You shall not gas" maybe.... ;-)
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[User Picture]From: zzzzsleep
2009-12-04 05:42 am (UTC)
"You shall not fart"?
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From: wildcelticrose
2009-12-04 07:11 am (UTC)
BWAAAHAAAAHAAAHAAAAAAA
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2009-12-04 11:41 am (UTC)
I don't generally use the word, but I'd think that should go, "You shall not piss."

:)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-04 03:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's MUCH better! ROTFLOL!!!!
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[User Picture]From: bunny42
2009-12-04 02:16 pm (UTC)
When I first read this, I wondered what you were eating that would take a whole weekend... d'oh. I myself would adore a weekend eating project.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-04 03:15 pm (UTC)
L! No, that would be vastly superior, believe me.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-12-04 02:27 pm (UTC)
Do you have any particualr Japanese comapny you want to relate to?
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-12-04 02:42 pm (UTC)
まあね。ソニーって、一応IT?系だから、
サイバーエージェントのアカウントの人が
コンタクトしてくれるのはいいかもね。
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[User Picture]From: trianakvetch
2009-12-04 03:54 pm (UTC)
I have been feeling the trilogy itch the last couple days (which would make it the 5th time this year i've sat down to watch them and all the extra goodies). I'm being a good girl and not starting them until my final papers are written...but they are sitting lovingly by the dvd player for when I have to bake christmas cookies and write christmas cards.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-04 04:52 pm (UTC)
The nice thing about this project is that it doesn't require mountains of brain power, only attention to detail. I can't watch anything new, but I can enjoy the comfort of familiar things.
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[User Picture]From: bbwoof
2009-12-04 06:29 pm (UTC)
You! Yes, you! You are most definitely OK. *

It is *so* too bad you and Ferrett live 7 hours' drive away... we'd so like to spend weekends with you.




* OK = Our Kind
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[User Picture]From: firerose10
2009-12-04 11:38 pm (UTC)
The hubby and I put in the extended cuts extras, just for entertainment and casual viewing... it doesn't hurt that he is an aspiring filmmaker, so is using it to learn from - but it is FASCINATING!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-06 01:50 am (UTC)
They're wonderful, and there is a LOT of interesting insight in the design and production commentaries. I'd never listened to those before, and I'm really getting a lot out of them.
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2009-12-05 03:08 pm (UTC)
What is the eating project?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-06 01:51 am (UTC)
Contract legal research.
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2009-12-06 02:50 am (UTC)
That doesn't sound at all as fun as what I had imagined when I heard the phrase "eating project." I thought of comparing different sourdoughs or trying various cheeses. And now that I look closer at your post, I see a very important hyphen that would've made that clear to me. Alas. So much for food porn.

Edited at 2009-12-06 02:51 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-06 12:20 pm (UTC)
That's quite funny. Especially since I have now been up for 48 hours (save for a 2-hour nap).

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[User Picture]From: supremegoddess1
2009-12-06 07:53 pm (UTC)
there is no such thing as too much Tolkien (currently watching Return of the King myself)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-12-07 01:34 am (UTC)
I'm sleep deprived, concentrating, and watching it on a tinny-sounding 7 inch screen. And I still cried.
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