January 5, 2015 at 12:07PM

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Best DVD Commentaries

Do you guys know some essential dvd commentaries that teach you a lot about filmmaking?

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What I've learned from David Fincher's commentaries has been absolutely invaluable to my overall film education. His commentary tracks are wells of information, especially alongside the Behind The Scenes features that usually accompany his releases.

January 8, 2015 at 10:39PM

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Kori Reay-Mackey
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Essential both for inspiration and information for bootstrapping indies: El Mariachi - watch the film with Rodriguez's commentary ON.

January 9, 2015 at 2:53PM

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thank you! Just watched PTA's Hard Eight Commentary: best commentary i've ever listened to!

Daniel Blumensev

January 10, 2015 at 1:20PM

If you're into knowing how big budget directors handle their films, I recommend you Michael Bay. Even though he's hated by almost everyone, his DVD commentaries are pretty interesting and informative. And he explains everything in an understandable way.

January 10, 2015 at 3:32PM

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Ayby17
Student Director/Actor
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The first commentary I watched was Elf, not the most educational on the technical side (although there are a few bits and pieces, particularly on the forced perspective stuff) but it's a very entertaining and informative track. One of the security guards at the Empire State Building is Will Ferrels brother!

January 10, 2015 at 8:56PM

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Jonathan Burnside
Co-owner, Supernova Productions
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I loved the Paris Texas commentary. :)

March 25, 2015 at 6:47PM

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Are commentary tracks on digital downloads these days?? I want to stop buying DVDs but I needs me some developer commentaries!

April 25, 2015 at 1:33AM, Edited April 25, 1:33AM

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Jack Burr
Actor
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I like the commentaries on the Lord of the Rings trilogy... There are multiple commentaries from all the different departments. They are informative, funny and overall very enjoyable... There are 4 different tracks so 4 x roughly 11/12 hours... so make sure you have some spare time ;)

October 5, 2015 at 5:19AM

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Denniz Hout
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Oh I also enjoyed the commentary on Disturbia, it was around the time Shia was going to play in Indiana Jones. He receives a phonecall from Steven Spielberg during the recording of the commentary. Pretty funny that they left it in.

October 5, 2015 at 5:48AM

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Denniz Hout
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