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.).
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.
I can totally believe that. LOL.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.)
I would have thought
may have worked better.
Naw, I prefer the same number of syllables.
"You shall not gas" maybe.... ;-)
I don't generally use the word, but I'd think that should go, "You shall not piss."
Oh, that's MUCH better! ROTFLOL!!!!
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.
L! No, that would be vastly superior, believe me.
2009-12-04 02:27 pm (UTC)
Do you have any particualr Japanese comapny you want to relate to?
2009-12-04 02:42 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.
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.
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
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!
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.
What is the eating project?
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)
That's quite funny. Especially since I have now been up for 48 hours (save for a 2-hour nap).
there is no such thing as too much Tolkien (currently watching Return of the King myself)
I'm sleep deprived, concentrating, and watching it on a tinny-sounding 7 inch screen. And I still cried.