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Spike Lee's  'Do the Right Thing' has great commentary by Ernest Roscoe Dickerson

(Beside DVD...YouTube, Vimeo interview or audio interview also works.)

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Deakins does the commentary on Fargo. It's interesting because it's so minimal, a lot of the times he runs out of stuff to say well before the film is over. Reminds me how simple great cinematography can be.

For "In the Mouth of Madness," John Carpenter does a commentary with DP Gary Kibbe. It is essentially an interview, with Carpenter asking Kibbe about his approach to each scene. I always love Carpenter's commentary, he's so humble and takes such an honest interest in the work of his collaborators.

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My Fair Lady had some good commentary about how they did things in the old days. As far as lighting tests, etc. I think it was the 50th Anniversary edition, but saw it a while back. 

They used stand-ins and shot the scenes for lighting and film tests days before the actual shoot. They left very little to chance. Real masters of their craft. Also great restoration before and after examples.

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"Blade 2" has nice extras, including some storyboards (If i remember correctly), BTS explanation of lighting of the scene ("1K's up there, 2K gelled with..." etc) and actual BTS shooting of the scene.

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I do miss DVD's commentaries, shame they aren't replicated on streaming platforms.

I do remember Steven Soderbergh commentaries used to be good (e.g the Limey and Traffic), he served as the DOP on those films and discussed the cinematography in a decent amount of technical detail. He's also just generally interesting articulate.  Soderbergh did a masterclass at the NFTS when I was a student there, it was one of the best classes I ever attended. He's a great film tutor. 

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The second of a two-disk DVD set of "Master and Commander" has a generous and comprehensive set of presentations. The single-disk DVD issued has the topic titles in the disk extras menu but nothing happens if you select any of them. Somebody got it a bit wrong. You need to have the second disk of the two-disk set. 

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If you have an interest in the early film days of Ken Burns get a DVD copy of his 1984 film 'Shakers.'  It has some good behind the scenes specials of Burns working with 16mm.  I got a copy from the library. 

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