Michael L. wrote:
I still don't have the big, fat King Kong set and appreciate the warning about the Doctor Who DVDs. Big Who fan; been listening to the lost episode audio lately. Anyway, this is probably going to make me go dig out some DVDs just to review the extras.
It reminded me of a complaint, though. I'm a Mac user (video production loves Apple) and find that I can't access most DVD-Rom features. That really angers me when I recognize that the DVD menues are from the Apple DVD Studio Pro templates...
I'm also a Mac user, and have the same problem with DVD-ROM content... it's like we're lepers. Is it really hard to make a freakin' SCREENPLAY available to Mac users as well? Do you stupid DVD producers think that Macs can't read PDF files too?
However, I've picked up a bunch of the classic Doctor Who discs (including "Web Planet" and "Tomb of the Cybermen," both bought this week with a Christmas gift certificate), and I have enjoyed the commentaries and (especially) the making-of documentaries. The BBC has been good to us with these discs. As a rule, I'm a major commentary junkie, though I agree that director tracks are *far* more interesting than tracks by CGI artists or model builders. Loved PJ's commentary on the Lord of the Rings sets, as well as the cast commentaries, but couldn't get through the effects/WETA tracks.
I'm not terribly interested in deleted scenes (if it wasn't in the film, there's probably a reason), and most making-of documentaries are little more than studio-produced fluff pieces, where Actor #1 talks about how great it was to work with Actor #2, and vice versa), but there are exceptions.