Commander Shears wrote:
Not to derail this any further away from Captain Bogdans, but I can't believe no one has mentioned Roger Avary's track on Day of the Dead. Well maybe I can since this site isn't exacty the same demographic - but that is hands down the single worst commentary I have ever experienced.
It isn't that bad since it doesn't pretend to be anything more than a fan commentary (and he makes a few very good points along the way). It isn't as excruciating as, say, William Friedkin's commentary for The Exorcist: The Version You Wish You Hadn't Seen
I think the demographic isn't as rigidly defined as you may think. I'm looking forward to seeing 28 Weeks Later, especially since it seems that the sequel has been put in the hands of an interesting director (whose previous film was Intacto with Max Von Sydow).
As much as I like commentaries I think that they shouldn't be forced on filmmakers who might not want to do one. That just causes unnecessary discomfort for both the commentator and the audience! I don't think we should get into an all DVDs need commentaries/all commentaries are poor debate - it is more a case of making sure that a commentary track is relevant and/or entertaining - I've seen films with multiple commentary tracks that make full use of the time, and some that barely manage to keep my attention for the first ten minutes!