I'm a big fan of commentary tracks on DVD/Blu-Ray releases, and I'm looking for some good ones that I might not have experienced yet... so any suggestions are very welcome.
Good commentaries for me are a mixture of:
- Anecdotes (How did we end up making this movie? That time when Joe Bloggs tried to do X, etc)
- "Interesting" technical insight (not just someone saying "That shot was on location, but the reverse angle was actually in the studio!".... blah blah)
- Thematic discussion
- Easter eggs
- A bit of humorous back and forth (but not just a continuous circle-jerk of people telling each other how great they are)
Some of the best I've seen so far:
- Lord of the Rings Extended Editions (about four different tracks: cast, writers, crew and design - these actually got me started on commentaries, the chat between the four hobbits on FotR is glorious! - by comparison the Hobbit ones have been very weak)
- The Exorcist (just director William Friedkin - heavy on technical and thematic topics, more of an essay on the piece)
- Alien (Ridley Scott, the producer and a medley crew - this one is excellent)
- Ghostbusters (Ramis is gold)
- League of Gentlemen Apocalypse (the full LoGs lineup - actually funnier than the film itself)
- The Goonies (this was a 20-years-later reunion type gig, with a roundtable of all the Goonies as adults)
- Firefly (it's just great having the crew back together in your ears... also the great Alan Tudyk story about the "miracle button")
- Anything else from Joss Whedon - he really uses it as a tool to bring you further into the piece and talks well about his inspirations and creative processes
- Anything from Quentin Tarantino - similar to JW really... is passionate about his creations, and it really comes through
- Anything with Michael Bay - far too concerned about showing how cool he is.
- Game of Thrones - just a cast love-in and a very "contractual obligation" feel
- At World's End - very disappointing, especially as I had high hopes for Pegg & Edgar
Any good ones that I've missed?