Sunday, April 17, 2011

Movies with Commentaries Done in Character

“Man, I don’t drop character ‘till I done the DVD commentary.” – Kirk Lazarus, Tropic Thunder

Some of you may not care about the extras that come on DVDs and Blu-rays.  You may just watch the movie and be done with it.  When you do this you are only getting half of the experience from buying/renting one of these disks.  Most of them usually have some extra content on them and these extras can be quite entertaining.

One of the more common extras is a commentary track.  This is an alternate soundtrack where you can listen to people telling you things about the movie that you might not pick up on yourself.  Sometimes these are really boring tracks done by Important Hollywood Directors that go on and on about what camera lens they used and what the weather was the day they shot a particular scene.  Some, like Roger Ebert’s commentary for Citizen Kane, can be both very informative and very interesting.  Some, like the original five children in Willy Wonka and Chocolate Factory doing the commentary for their movie, are hilarious.

Every now and then, some people decide to get creative with the commentary tracks, too.  One I shut off had a couple people pretend to get into a fight with each other and quit.  Another for a musical (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog) actually had “Commentary: The Musical” where they sang songs about the movie in the commentary.

And there have been three movies I have encountered where the commentaries were done in character.  By this, I mean that we are supposedly listening to the characters from the movie, commenting on their own movie as if they were real world people.  The three movies that have done this are This is Spinal Tap, which is narrated by the band members; The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, which is narrated by one of Banzai’s crew members/band members; and Bubba Ho-Tep, which is narrated by “The King” (Elvis.)

You can find my posts for these movies here:

On to the reviews…

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