audio commentary reccomendations

For the past year, editor in chief Peter Sciretta has been asking me to write about my favorite audio commentaries. If I ever recommend one to him, he asks about the list. Compiling a list of only a few must-hear audio commentaries sounded like too much of a challenge. There’s far too many I haven’t heard yet, so writing some “best commentary list” didn’t feel right. I have a lengthy list of commentary tracks I intend on listening to, and the plan is to write about a few of them — at least the good ones — around the start of every month.

These first five recommendations feature insights from Martin Scorsese, Robert ZemeckisJ.J. AbramsTom Ford, Penelope Spheeris, and many others.  Below, check out our movie commentary recommendations.

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better call saul season 2 gag reel

If you’ve been watching AMC’s Better Call Saul, a new gag reel has arrived online to remind you that the second season of the acclaimed Breaking Bad spin-off is now on Blu-ray and DVD. If you haven’t been watching Better Call Saul, use this space to realize that you’ve been missing out on one of the best shows on television and a more-than-worthy heir to the Breaking Bad crown.

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The Before Trilogy Criterion Collection

Three of the best romance movies of all time make up what is known as Richard Linklater‘s Before Trilogy. Released over 18 years, the films Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013) reveal the love story of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), who meet one day in Vienna and share mere hours together before they leave each other, only to see their relationship blossom into something that is simultaneously beautiful and complicated. Now all three films are coming to the Criterion Collection in February of 2017.

Get the details on The Before Trilogy Criterion Collection box set after the jump. Read More »

Suicide Squad Extended Cut Trailer - Jared Leto

A few days after Suicide Squad arrived on the big screen, a whole rundown of deleted scenes surfaced online, though we had no way of knowing if the list was accurate. Now that new footage is being put back into the movie by way of an extended cut coming to home video next month, we’re getting glimpses of what was left on the cutting room floor, and it includes some of the moments detailed in that list.

A new Suicide Squad extended cut trailer has surfaced online, and it has some bits of new footage that we haven’t seen yet, including some pretty juicy moments between Jared Leto as The Joker and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Watch below! Read More »

the force awakens commentary

Like any movie with the words “star” and “wars” in the title, Star Wars: The Force Awakens ignited all kinds of conversations when it was released last year. Fans picked apart every scene in the movie, but no moment was more throughly dissected than Rey’s “Forceback,” where Daisy Ridley‘s Jedi-to-be touches Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber and finds herself propelled into a wild flashback involving Cloud City, the Knights of Ren, and her own abandonment on Jakku. And thanks to the upcoming collector’s edition Blu-ray of the film, someone else is finally able to weigh in on this scene: director J.J. Abrams.

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‘Suicide Squad’ Extended Cut Coming to Home Video

SUICIDE SQUAD

If your main problem with David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad was that there wasn’t nearly enough of it, Warner Bros. has a gift for you. And don’t worry, it’s not live rats or dead pigs. The studio has just announced a Suicide Squad extended cut to hit Digital HD and Blu-ray later this year, with 13 minutes of additional footage. Check out the Suicide Squad extended cut announcement teaser below.
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Ghostbusters Extended Cut

Even though we’ve heard that a Ghostbusters sequel is unlikely after the box office numbers were analyzed a little more closely, there’s a chance the home video release could help convince Sony Pictures otherwise. Plus, when the reboot hits home video, we’ll be getting a different cut of the movie as an extended cut has been confirmed to be on the home video release, as teased by director Paul Feig a little while back.

The film has officially been given the title of Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, which appeared at the end of some of the trailers and the movie once it hit theaters, as you can see in the cover art. You can check that out after the jump along with the list of special features and the release date for the Ghostbusters extended cut on Digital HD as well as Blu-ray and DVD. Read More »

Middle Earth Film Collection

Last week, a limited collector’s edition release of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies was revealed on Amazon. The set features the extended editions of all six films from director Peter Jackson in an impressive display of faux leather-bound books with all the bonus features you’d ever want. At the time, we only had one image of the set, but now you can get a closer look at it.

Dominic Monaghan played Meriadoc Brandybuck (aka Merry) in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and it appears he was the cast member with an open enough schedule to be able to record an unboxing video that shows us just how cool a set this is. However, it still may not be worth the price tag, especially because this may not exactly be the set that Peter Jackson truly wants fans to have. Find out more below. Read More »

Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Box Set

Both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies have seen multiple releases on home video. In fact, I’ve lost count of just how many different home video releases there have been of Lord of the Rings. But now the definitive collection of all six extended cuts of Peter Jackson‘s Middle Earth films is coming this fall, and it’s undoubtedly the one box set to rule them all.

Get details on the special edition Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit box set after the jump. Read More »

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Popstar Deleted Scene

If you didn’t see Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping this summer, you’re part of the problem. Universal Pictures gave us this glorious, original comedy chock full of outstanding new songs from The Lonely Island, a barrage of incredible cameos, and some of the biggest laughs of the year. And how did audiences respond? Well, they didn’t, because the movie didn’t even hit $10 million in its theatrical run. But next month, you can make up for it when the movie hits home video.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on September 13, and it will hit VOD a couple weeks earlier on August 30. To help promote the arrival of the movie, a Popstar deleted scene has made its away online featuring an entire song that didn’t make the final cut of the movie (though you could have listened to it on the soundtrack). But beware that this scene is NSFW due to language, because the song is called “Fuck Off,” and they repeat that phrase more than a few times throughout. Read More »