Thursday, September 15, 2005
I'm not real big on dvd commentary, for the simple reason that I'd rather be watching a movie I've never seen than sitting through one I have, but with someone talkin' over it. Free time's too precious, and there's too much of the unseen out there to fill it. Though I'll make a rare exception if I read about a commentary track that's particularly insightful or amusing.
When it comes to other dvd extras, I'm a sucker for gag reels, maybe the occasional documentary, and of course, unaired episodes of tv shows (the Firefly and Wonderfalls sets being a couple recent faves). Deleted scenes, though? Could take 'em or leave 'em, depending on the filmmaker.
When I sat down and devoured the just-released dvd of South Korean director Chan-wook Park's flat-out excellent Oldboy a few days ago, I was simply starving for more, so I actually ended up watching all the bonus material. And boy, am I glad I did.
It's probably a combination of the director's refreshing candor and the lost-subtlety of the translated subtitles that makes the following commentary so perfect. Here's what Chan-wook Park had to say over the very first deleted scene from his Oldboy dvd...
So aren't you just dying to hear what he had to say next?
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