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question of the day: What’s your dream DVD bonus feature?

Last week over at Film.com I wrote about a new technology that will enable a single DVD to hold what now would fill one hundred discs. A new golden age of pointless commentaries and utterly ignorable bonus features is upon us, like, maybe:

George Lucas’ “fantasy” commentary track on The Phantom Menace, in which he daydreams about what Adam Smith and Karl Marx would have had to say about the Trade Federation, planetary embargoes, and interstellar monopolies.

But these mega-capacity DVDs won’t have to be used for evil. Perhaps some good could come of it. What’s your dream DVD bonus feature for discs of near-infinite capacity? Could be a general kind of bonus material that would world for any film, or something specifically connected to a particular film.

I’d love to see every frame of footage shot for a movie included on a disc — all the rushes, all the dailies, all the shots ruined by weather or equipment in the shot or technical malfunctions, all the alternative takes in which the actors explore different emotional reactions — so we can really see how much goes into making the finished film the finished film.

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me.)

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  • Ryan H

    There are only two things I look for as bonus features. The first is a solid technical commentary by the director and/or cinematographer/writer/producer. What they were thinking, why they made the choices they did.

    The second thing is a round-table chatty commentary with the cast/director/writer/showrunner/whoever. I want the behind the scenes moments, the inspirations and how their characters were touched.

  • JoshDM

    I used to appreciate the multiple angle feature, but only a select genre of DVDs use it these days.

    I guess a good bonus feature would be getting a full refund if the movie was terrible.

  • Ralph

    I dream of what MaryAnn dreams of: ALL the footage shot for a movie. Here’s waiting for Lord of the Rings: the most ultimate edition, including that famous blooper, when Merry and Pippin have disappeared into Fangorn Forest and someone (I think it was Gimli) cannot think of his lines and says: “Now what the f**k did they do that for?”

  • GWB

    My dream feature is feasible today, but largely ignored: isolated scores for EVERYTHING.

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