Oldy DVD Special Features

Discussion in 'The Moving Picture' started by Jack Scorpion, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. Jack Scorpion

    Jack Scorpion One Too Many

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    I purchased The Getaway DVD awhile ago and I got around to watching through all the Special Features.

    I got to say -- I loved the Audio Commentary by the 3 scholars. I think this is something that more and more rereleases of old movies on DVD should do. Find a few people that have studied the director/actor/movie throughally, are big fans, and let them cut an audio track. I learned a lot and found a lot of new appreciation for the film.

    Often times I am not a fan of actor commentaries ... but it is a pity that I can't learn more about Steve McQueen's point of view. Fortunately, The Getaway DVD has some audio clips of McQueen interviews at the time, too, but it just ain't enough.

    Usually, with an older movie (especially movies older than The Getaway), I am very disappointed with the special features. I was pleased with The Getaway's features, but even that could be much, much better. So much information is roaming around unharvested that can really add to a DVD publication.

    The Thin Man box set came with that great documentary Nick and Nora. Are there any other DVD's with great Special Features?
     
  2. BegintheBeguine

    BegintheBeguine My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Two off the top of my head

    Peeping Tom from Criterion has an excellent commentary. Born to Kill does as well with a special appearance by the director Robert Wise. DO NOT listen to the commentary on Leave Her to Heaven. I wished someone had warned me and it almost ruined one of my favorite movies. I'm still shuddering.
     
  3. The Wolf

    The Wolf Call Me a Cab

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    Warner Brothers has done a great job. They movies usually have a cartoon, a short subject and often a radio show adaptation. Sometimes even more documentary and assorted goodies.
    Criterion Collection usually has good bonus stuff.

    Sincerely,
    The Wolf
     
  4. Lady Day

    Lady Day I'll Lock Up Bartender

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    Not really an oldie,

    but one of my favorite movies, Bamboozled has some of the best director commentary (Spike Lee) Ive ever heard.


    LD
     
  5. Feraud

    Feraud Bartender

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    I have to get this on dvd. It is a great movie and I would love to hear Lee's commentary.
     
  6. The Wolf

    The Wolf Call Me a Cab

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    :eek:fftopic: "Bamboozled" was rough movie to watch. Especially the clips from the Golden Age.:eek: I like that Spike Lee never took an easy way out with the movie. He doesn't say "it isn't anybody's fault" or even "this is the right side and this is the wrong side". He just opens it up for everyone to think about.
    On a similar note, I just finished watching "C.S.A.: Confederate States of America" a fake documentary about the history of the U.S. (excuse me C.S.) after the South wins the Civil War. Another interesting yet disturbing film.


    Sincerely,
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  7. Sefton

    Sefton Call Me a Cab

    Sometimes the special features are actually better than the featured film...
     
  8. Twitch

    Twitch My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Recently saw 1971 Silent Running on DVD. At least bruce Dern is still around and the director Douglas Trumbull too. They offered a nice commentary for the 2002 re-release DVD. Had either not been alive to offer insights it would have diluted any special feature aspect for sure.
     

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