I thought the first Resident Evil movie was a decent movie. I liked it, but I wouldn’t have given it high praise for originality or anything. It was a movie where you’d watch in the theaters, be entertained for a while, then forget about. Maybe once every 3 years you’d catch part of it on TV and watch it if there’s nothing else on
However, a friend of mine had the DVD and after listening to the running commentary, it explained a lot and made the movie so much more interesting. I think I prefer to watch it with the commentary on now because it just adds to the movie so much. Part MST3K, part information, the young cast just made the whole experience way better than what came out in the theaters. I could really hear their enthusiasm for the movie and it was hilarious to listen to Milla talk about not wanting her little brother to see her nipples onscreen.
I’ve also heard good things about the commentaries for the early Simpsons seasons, so that I may actually go out and buy them instead of just catching the reruns shown here twice a day.
One movie that I didn’t like the commentary much was in the Lord of the Rings. As much as I liked the actors’ portrayals, listening to Christopher Lee drone on and on about acting with Ian Mckellan was dull and pointless. Often, their voices would drown out the younger members of the cast who actually had something interesting to say.
Any other commentaries add a lot to the finished product?