The first movie I ever watched on DVD at home was What Dreams May Come. Though I’d wanted to see it in theaters, circumstances had prevented my doing so, so I was eager to see it. I was not disappointed. Not merely by the movie itself, though I loved it pretty much in every way (story, acting, cinematography, score); but also the additional commentary. Being very story & subtext oriented, I found the discussions between the screenwriter (Ronald Bass) and the director (Vincent Ward) fascinating; likewise, the explanations of the meanings of the actions of various characters (Rosalind Chao’s character comes to mind) added significant value to me.
Foolishly, I thought ALL commentaries would be like that.
Of course, they weren’t.
It didn’t take me long to find that out, as the next movie I saw on DVD was Fellowship of the Ring. Despite my incessant rant on this series, I love this movie. But the DVD commentary is actively irritating to me. I don’t give a good goddamn about the intricacies of set design and special effects; to me, that’s watching the sausage being made. Moreover, the chatter just went on and on, obscuring dialogue in a way that the commentary in Dreams had not.
But that’s just me. What DVD extras stick out in your mind as best and worst?