Netflix To Release Glass Onion With Commentary By Rian Johnson

[UPDATE: This article originally stated the track would be available on Netflix. The commentary track is actually available here on Spotify.] 

Netflix has been a godsend for movie lovers, as the entertainment empire completely changed the cinematic landscape and forced studios to scramble toward the front lines in the streaming wars. Thanks to Netflix proving the value of streaming, films have become more accessible than ever. Of course, seeing moves in the theater should always be the preferred method of viewing, but for a multitude of reasons (including the continuing pandemic), some movie lovers may not be able to make it to the big screen.

But Netflix's influence hasn't only impacted theaters, it's also had a drastic impact on physical media releases once films finish their theatrical runs. Unfortunately, this has resulted in some streamers outright refusing to release their original projects on DVD or Blu-ray, which also means a lack of additional content like blooper reels, deleted scenes, and commentary tracks. Given the high-caliber quality of many Netflix originals, plenty of fans have been begging the streamer to release special features associated with their exclusives. Luckily for us, we've finally been heard.

As was tweeted out by the official "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery" account today, Rian Johnson's latest whodunnit will be getting an official commentary track This is extremely exciting news not just for fans of "Glass Onion," but also for those who have been wishing and hoping for more behind-the-scenes goodies about Netflix favorites. Maybe if we're lucky, Netflix will realize that this is the sort of unique "cOnTeNt" that will keep eyeballs on their home screens.

Give us more special features!

Netflix hasn't been completely opposed to the idea of commentary tracks in the past, but we've been seeing less and less additional features and the years have gone by. During the early seasons of "House of Cards," Netflix would often include commentary tracks with the episodes, but that additional feature went away shortly after. Otherwise, commentary tracks have typically come in the form of the creative team releasing podcasts. One of the most prominent examples was "The Commentary Cast," which was a side project of "I Am Mother" director Grant Sputore with no official connection to Netflix.

The fact Netflix seems to be making a big event of the added track, including the new poster art (as seen in the tweet above), I can't help but feel optimistic that this could be a sign of the positive changes coming to the streamer. After how angry subscribers have been regarding the end of password sharing, this could very well be the thing that keeps folks from canceling their accounts. If only they added the commentary track as an additional audio option instead of forcing us to all sync a Spotify podcast with the streaming video.

"Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery" with commentary from Rian Johnson will be on Netflix starting February 23, 2023, at 10 a.m. PT.