Four great DVD commentaries

fearandloathing

The rare exceptions when it’s worth buying the DVD for the audio extras.

THIS IS SPINAL TAP
(MGM HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE)
The band do the entire thing in character, complaining throughout that the 1984 mockumentary was a “hatchet job” perpetrated by documentarian Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner). It’s like having another whole Tap mockumentary to sit though.

CITIZEN KANE
(60TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)
Film critic Roger Ebert’s feature-length commentary track is brilliantly informed and takes you though the various ways the film was groundbreaking and why it’s considered by many as the greatest of all time. You’ll see the piece in a whole new way. See also…

FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS
(CRITERION EDITION)
Hunter S. Thompson is on form as he rants and grumbles his way through, reminiscing about the time he really did those things and finding faults in his friend Johnny Depp’s performance: “The unconscionable rudeness to the dwarf, I felt, was a horrible insult to me.”

TRUE ROMANCE
(TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION)
Few talk film better than Quentin Tarantino (this was his first script) and he gives
some great insight into this autobiographical/wish fulfilment tale in one of several audio commentaries. This DVD also contains the alternative ending that Tarantino had originally written.

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