Going through some new purchase DVDs and listening to commentaries. The Lost Boys (1987) playing now with Joel Schumacher. Started with Michael Mann (Collateral), then Mike Nichols and Steven Soderbergh (Catch-22), and Paul Verhoeven (Starship Troopers). The Catch-22 track is great. Very informative.
Editor’s Note: This is a really old post that I was just playing around with on my own page that might be deserving of a second look. I’m still into commentaries.
I am a fan of commentaries in general. They can be entertaining in a variety of ways. Sometimes you learn something. Some are just great. The commentary on Used Cars (1980) with Robert Zemeckis, Bob Dale, and Kurt Russell is a memorable one. Crazy and hilarious.
Any commentary with Kurt Russell in it is great. The ones with John Carpenter are among the best ever. Some other directors who give good commentary are: Jack Hill (Coffy, Foxy Brown), Larry Cohen (Q: The Winged Serpent, It’s Alive), Terry Gilliam, and Robert Wise. Listening to John Sayles is a lesson in low-budget filmmaking
Some are classic for other reasons. The C.H.U.D. (1984) commentary with John Heard, Daniel Stern, Christopher Curry, and the director and writer is hysterical. A real blast.
Finishing up the night with The Haunting (1963) and the commentary featuring director Robert Wise, the writer, and four of the actors. This is a good one for a beautiful film. I was happy to find the DVD on sale. I find I am much more likely to impulse buy something if it has a commentary. With two it’s even more enticing. A bunch of the Corman Collection DVDs have multiple commentaries and they are some good ones.