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->''"Hello, ladies and gentlemen, I'm Ronald Haver, and I'm here to do something which we feel is rather unique ... the ability to switch back and forth between the sound track and this lecture track."''
-->-- '''Film historian Ronald Haver''' on the first ever audio commentary for the 1984 Creator/TheCriterionCollection laserdisc release of the original ''Film/KingKong''

The UsefulNotes/{{DVD}} (and UsefulNotes/BluRay, by extension) Bonus Content with the highest ratio of "disappointment when it isn't included" to "likelihood you'll actually sit down and watch the whole thing." If you've bought a DVD, it's assumed that you like the movie or TV show or whatever. Fair enough. It seems logical that a good chunk of the viewing audience would want to know more information about the film they're watching, and also to have a compelling reason to rewatch a film you've seen in the theatre. The creators or other experts get together to record an audio (and rarely, video) track to be played during the movie. This track comments on the production process.

Though its inclusion is increasingly common, there are several famous directors who refuse to allow commentaries to be recorded for their [=DVD=]s. The most famous examples are Creator/StevenSpielberg and Creator/DavidLynch. Spielberg says he doesn't want to distract the viewer from watching the movie and anything he has to say about the film can be found on the DVD features. Creator/WoodyAllen has stated that he hasn't seen any of his films since they were released (and most of the [=DVDs=] don't even feature stereo sound). Allen has also given the explanation that he thinks movies should stand on their own merits.

At their best, DVD commentaries can be a wealth of informative, entertaining insights into the creation of the film, especially if the speakers are adept at the process. They may also have [[WordOfGod the canon answer]] to things that [[AllThereInTheManual need some explanation]]. At the midpoint of quality, everything in the commentary is interesting, but was already discussed in other (shorter), special features on the DVD -- making listening to it feel sort of pointless. At their worst, it can quickly devolve into an awkward self-congratulatory session.

Sometimes, the commentary is nonexistent for long stretches, sending you grasping for the remote to see if you inadvertently turned the track off. A rule of thumb is that commentaries which feature more than one person commenting together (in the same studio, not spliced together) will be more entertaining (though not necessarily more informative) than a solo track. Some filmmakers have started including subtitles for the commentary.

Still, it's always nice to know the commentary is there. And if it's not there or if it's poorly done, there's no reason why fans [=and/or=] haters can't decide to [[AlternateDVDCommentary go into the commentary business for themselves]]...
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[[folder:The Abridged Series]]
* Quite a few have made one or two commentaries (basically another video with commentary, since alternate audio isn't available in most video sites), but hbi2k has made the most, with all the episodes of ''WebVideo/BerserkAbridged'' given commentary episodes.
* NewNeonMenacesEvangelion has commentary for the first two episodes that is a direct (and hilarious) satire of the various actual commentaries for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* LittleKuriboh briefly released the first episode of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' with commentary, but never re-released it after his first account was banned from Youtube. A mirror has been placed [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Abridged_Audio_Commentary here]], however.
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[[folder:{{Anime}} And {{Manga}}]]
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' is an interesting case. Creator/ADVFilms normally removes most or all of the special features on their box sets to encourage fans to buy the single volumes when they first come out, but the boxset for ''Tutu'' actually featured ''additional'' commentaries that were recorded to explain some of the choices made in the dub (for example, translating the name of the main character).
* ''The Wings of Honneamise'' has a commentary by the director and assistant director, and gives a lot of insight in how the film wouldn't have been as well-received as it was if they didn't basically just sit back and constantly take input from other members of the project.
* ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' features a commentary track, which involve several of the voice actors--in some cases, even for [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters the secondary characters]]! Unfortunately, only five episodes had a commentary track.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanGothamKnight,'' a collection of anime shorts, is worth watching just for the commentary track with Kevin Conroy (voice actor of Batman in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', those shorts and ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'') and veteran Franchise/{{Batman}} writer and editor Dennis O'Neil commenting on the different perceptions of the character over time.
* The English dub of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' has a few commentaries. Two are with voice acting cast, and they are quite hilarious.
* The ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' movie ''The End of Evangelion'' has 3 of the English voice actors/writers, who spend nearly the entire movie riffing. This particular commentary effectively [[BaseBreaker polarized the fanbase]] as to whether it was entertaining and (occasionally) insightful or insulting to the SeriousBusiness that is ''Evangelion''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrUvol0Hr7U Check out a few clips and decide for yourself.]]
** [[spoiler: Rei's arm drops off at the beginning of part two -- "Dropped somethin'"]]
*** "Hey Rei, give me a ''[[IncrediblyLamePun hand]]''!"
** And don't miss Creator/AmandaWinnLee singing a brief, improvised [[FilkSong filk]] of Barnes and Barnes' "Fishheads" when the Mass Production Model [=EVAs=] appear.
** [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark "Oh my god! They killed]] [[spoiler:Kaji!!]]"
** "The true meaning of Evangelion is [[FreudWasRight sex]]!"
** [[NumberOfTheBeast #667]] = "The Neighbor of the Beast"
** In response to [[spoiler: Rei/Lilith disintegrating, a.k.a. the {{Gorn}}iest scene in the film]]: "Ow."
** At the end of the movie, they (jokingly) discuss the potential sequel, "''Eva 2: Electric Boogaloo''" (Made HilariousInHindsight due to the now-popular "''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' = sequel" theory.)
** Don't forget ''Death & Rebirth'', for which they recorded a separate commentary which also included some moments of comedy gold (and a few surprisingly insightful observations about the movie -- ever notice that the opening shot of [=EoE=] is a mirror image of the closing shot of ''Death''?). Best (or, some might say, worst) of all we get to hear about some Spike Spencer outtakes that tragically never made it onto the DVD, such as one in which he apparently made up a song based on an Unintentionally (though you can never be too sure with Eva) phallic-looking shot of Gendo in the graveyard entitled "Shadow Bone".
** Also on the subject of [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Eva]] commentaries, the TV series got a few of its own with the Platinum edition, ranging from Creator/MattGreenfield and the sound editors divulging largely uninteresting technical details about the remastering process to "[[EpilepticTrees explanations]]" of the series' symbolism from PromotedFanboy Sean [=McCoy=], and probably most interesting, an episode with commentary from Creator/SpikeSpencer in which he actually admits to being emotionally invested in the character and a rare commentary from the elusive Creator/AllisonKeith.
** ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion 2.22'' features a "commentary" of sorts -- actually more like a series of interviews between Creator/MikeMcFarland and various cast members (in order: Creator/SpikeSpencer, Creator/BrinaPalencia, Creator/TiffanyGrant, Allison Keith-Shipp, Creator/JohnSwasey, Creator/TrinaNishimura, and [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg a sound engineer]]). Highlights include Spike Spencer dispelling the myth that he hates Shinji, Tiffany Grant describing her unspeakably adorable encounter with the daughter of Creator/YukoMiyamura, and John Swasey invoking TheOtherDarrin trope by name.
* ''Anime/{{Planetes}}'' includes commentary from the Japanese voice actors, director etc, with an interesting twist. They do their commentaries drunk. Which makes them much more interesting and enjoyable. (Not that I'm endorsing anything here, kiddies)
** ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', animated by the [[{{Sunrise}} same studio]], does it too, and also has (sober) commentaries from the American dub crew. They're all interesting, but sadly not as funny as the ''{{Planetes}}'' commentaries ([[AuthorAppeal butts!]]).
* A number of recent Creator/FUNimation distributed works have these done by the English voice actors and script adapters. They range anywhere from just a little bit snarky to pretty damn snarky (Creator/ChrisPatton, for example, is ''never'' going to let [[LightNovel/{{Baccano}} Jacuzzi Splot]] [[UnfortunateNames live that name down]]).
* The DVD release of ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' has the ''characters'' rather than the creators comment on the episodes, with dialog written by the author of the original LightNovels, which basically consists of them MSTing themselves. And wondering where the stalkers with the cameras had been hiding all this time.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has audio commentary by a rotating group of actors and staff, the only constant being Creator/JunFukuyama (Lelouch's seiyuu). There is some semi-official discussion, but mostly it tends to be stream-of-consciousness rambling. Sometimes this provides interesting insight into the show's production or answers questions relevant to a specific episode, but a lot of it is [[RuleOfFunny just funny]], like the discussion of Ohgi's perm ("The hairdresser probably screwed up, then lied and said it looked awesome to cover her tracks."), trying to figure what Zero's mask is made of (the four lead actors eventually settle on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass-reinforced_plastic fiberglass-reinforced plastic]]), and getting to hear first-hand that the people who made the show love [[EnsembleDarkhorse Jeremiah]] just as much as the fans (as seen by Creator/AmiKoshimizu chanting "Orange, orange, orange..." just before the bridge scene in Episode 4).
** Not to mention there's a [[OnceAnEpisode once per commentary]] session of affectionately bashing Lelouch. Topics include his fitness ("Even though he has no endurance, he still ran up all those stairs. I'm proud of him"), his plans (often the childishness of them), and his, um, fabulousness ("He must have practiced that. He wouldn't have wanted to get it wrong in front of everyone...")
** For extra fun, the final episode has two different commentary tracks, one with the four lead actors (Creator/JunFukuyama, Creator/TakahiroSakurai, Creator/{{Yukana}} and Creator/AmiKoshimizu), and another with staff members like director Goro Taniguchi and head writer Ichiro Okouchi, who are also the creators of the series.
* The commentary tracks for the english DVD releases of ''[[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Hellsing Ultimate]]'' are both informative and at points downright hilarious. They are fronted by dub producer Taliesin Jaffe, who is joined usually by 2 voice actors whose roles are prominent in that particular episode. Jaffe regales viewers with tales of dining with Mr. Hirano and discussing with him how the dub should sound, whilst the various voice actors discuss stories of conventions (Creator/CrispinFreeman apparently cosplayed as Alucard at one), awful theatrical productions and ''Film/TheWarriors'' references.
** [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And tax advice!]]
** Ralph Lister (Walter) describing Schrödinger's sexuallity as a "moist bug" causing Creator/KariWahlgren (Rip van Winkle) to be disgusted.
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' has commentary, in Japanese, from the director being interviewed by a Japanese-speaking American, with subtitles provided. It is ''very'' worth watching the series at least once with commentary to figure out what parts of the series are [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic supposed to mean something]] and what parts are [[WidgetSeries just there to be weird]].
* The US DVD release of ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic: The Second Raid'' retains the commentary tracks recorded by the Japanese cast, including Creator/TomokazuSeki, Creator/SatsukiYukino, Creator/ShinichiroMiki, and Creator/{{Yukana}}.
* About one episode on every disc of the American release of BusouRenkin has commentary. The Episode 6 commentary was quite hilarious.
* When Central Park Media rereleased ''Anime/ProjectAko'' on DVD, they went an extra step and included a full-length commentary from the movie's director (with subtitles, to boot -- allowing one to watch the film AND read the commentary at the same time, which was actually pretty neat).
* Creator/FourKidsEntertainment actually did DVD commentaries for some of the Anime/{{Pokemon}} movies. Specifically, ''[[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie Mewtwo Strikes Back]]'', ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon 3}} Spell of the Unown]]'' and ''[[Anime/Pokemon4Ever Voice of the Forest]]''. The first two of these feature the show's head writers, Norman Grossfeld and Michael Haigney. The one for the fourth movie features Grossfeld and Haigney [[Creator/VeronicaTaylor with most]] [[Creator/RachaelLillis of the]] [[Creator/MaddieBlaustein main cast]].
* The ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' English [=DVDs=] had this. Since the episodes are five minutes long, there were varied result of off-topicness. Creator/EricVale and Creator/JerryJewell somehow got on the topic of [[{{Eagleland}} strippers, crack, and cheeseburgers.]]
* The R1 ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' Remix [=DVDs=] have some episodes with commentary by the English crew and actors, while other eps have subtitled commentary by the Japanese. Mushroom Samba deserves special mention, as the claim that Ed was at least partially inspired by composer Yoko Kanno starts to become a ''lot'' more believable.
* Playing up the entire "''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha TheMovie 1st'' [[RecursiveCanon is an existing movie in the Nanohaverse that was sponsored by]] TheFederation after the events of [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS StrikerS]]" gimmick, the DVD Commentary of TheMovie was provided by Subaru, Teana, Erio, Caro, Vivio, Adult!Fate, and Adult!Nanoha.
** Ditto with ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha TheMovie [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs 2nd A's]]''. This time, the commentary cast is ''three times bigger'' than before: Adult!Nanoha, Adult!Fate, Adult!Hayate, Signum, Vita, Shamal, Zafira, Reinforce Zwei, Agito, Subaru, Teana, Erio, Caro, Vivio, Einhart, Rio, Corona, Miura, Lutecia, Adult!Chrono and Adult!Yuuno. A CrowningMomentOfAwesome when ''all'' 21 members are gathered together to comment the final battle.
* ''Anime/HaloLegends'' featured a commentary for all the shorts with overall director Joseph Chou and ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' mastermind Frank O'Connor.
* The English Manga/OnePiece [=DVDs=] include one or two commentaries per set.
** The commentary for episode 335 (a filler episode) actually has a joke storyline following ADR director Creator/JoelMcDonald interviewing the cast and crew in bizarre circumstances such as robbing a bank, living in a homeless shelter and even persuading Creator/MikeMcFarland not to jump off a building [[LongRunners because of how much work the show is]]. The commentary actually manages to throw some genuine fan-submitted questions too.
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* The original DVD release of''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' included a commentary by Creator/WaltDisney himself, compiled from archival interviews and in some cases, someone else reading a transcript. for most of the movie, the commentary is scene specific, but once it gets to the final segment it then becomes about Walt reflecting on the film in general.
** Commentary for the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}} 2000'' had Roy Disney joined by Mickey Mouse. DonaldDuck also appears during the commentary for his segment, "Pomp and Circumstance", but his input is less than helpful.
* The director's commentary for ''MeetTheRobinsons'' is occasionally interrupted by Bowler Hat Guy ([[TalkingToHimself also voiced by the director]]) trying to tell the "real" story behind the movie.
* ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' had re-enactments of the story meetings between Disney and his story men. The movie itself played in a window on the corner, while the rest of the screen showed preliminary artwork.
** ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' also had a commentary made from re-enactments of story meetings, but viewers need Second Screen to see the extra pictures
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'''s commentary is easily one of the best for an animated film with the content being a fascinating discussion about the story development as well as expanding on the themes and symbology of the film.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' has Creator/TimBurton, Henry Selick, and DannyElfman doing the commentary. It's at the mid-point; interesting, but a lot of info was already mentioned elsewhere.
* CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs has one of these featuring BillHader and the two directors. And it is [[HilarityEnsues hilarious.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' stops at certain during the commentary and shows some behind-the-scenes clips to illustrate how a particular scene was made. Unfortunately most of the transitions are not very smooth.
** {{Pixar}}, in fact, is famous for doing exceptionally good, well-written, and well-planned commentaries that never sound like the commentators are just candidly talking!
** Brad Bird and John Walker's track for ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' was recorded before the film was released, so they awkwardly note at one point that they like the film, but have no idea how it will be received. It was also the day after legendary Disney animator Frank Thomas passed away, and Bird gives a brief and touching eulogy for him at his and Ollie Johnston's cameo.
*** It also features this CrowningMomentOfFunny:
-->[[ItMakesSenseInContext "Can we PLEASE get back to the issue of the gravy?"]]
** The ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' commentary on the 2005 special edition is also very funny, but the interesting part is when they discuss about making a movie about lawn gnomes coming to life, but is soon interrupted by someone (don't know who) saying something like, "Shhh! Don't give them any ideas!" [[GnomeoAndJuliet Cut to almost 6 years later to another sub-division of Disney...]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' short ''[[PixarShorts Mike's New Car]]'', directed by Pete Docter and Roger Gould, is featured on the DVD release with "commentary by Docter and Gould" -- but it's actually their kids who give the commentary, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_SxdjJNncY which makes the short even funnier]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' features a faux-1960s "Mr. Incredible" cartoon, commented upon by Mr. Incredible and Frozone.
* Disney/TheLionKing has the producer and co-directors taking on the commentary. They talk over each other at some points, but still manage to be informative and funny.
* ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' and ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' intercut commentary from animation historian John Canemaker with old audio interviews with Walt Disney regarding the respective films.
* ''Disney/BrotherBear''. The commentary is performed by the two moose, Rutt and Tuke (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, fully in character) as they watch the (entire) movie themselves, presumably in the comfort of their own "home": their silhouettes occasionally appear over the screen, MST3K style, one of them makes popcorn, and they order pizza. [[spoiler: This becomes one of the best jokes of the commentary, when half an hour later, the pizza guy shows up and the two of them completely panic at someone at the door; once they calm down, the pizza guy begins watching the movie with them for a few seconds before they tell him to leave.]] It is entirely worth watching the entire movie a second time just to listen to these two.
* ''Jonah: A WesternAnimation/VeggieTales Movie'' has two normal commentary tracks, and one track done in-character by Larry the Cucumber and Mr. Lunt, who spend several minutes talking about Mr. Lunt's disturbing theory to origin of hush puppies.
** Don't forget the discussions about their producer roles, Wisconsin Dells, Krispy-Kreme Donuts, and the Jack in the Box drive-thru.
* The DVD of ''MickeyDonaldGoofyTheThreeMusketeers'' has a bonus feature in which Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Pete do commentary over the scene of Pete blasting the trio for screwing up on the job.
* The ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'' 60th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray has a picture-in-picture commentary titled, "Through the Keyhole: A Companion's Guide to Wonderland", in which historians of animation and/or children's literature give a vast amount of information on interpretations of the ''Alice'' books, the relationship between Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell, and Walt Disney's decades-long journey to bring those books to animated life. Their comments get accompanied by such visual aid as concept art, pictures of people involved with either the books or the movies, and live-action reference footage.
* Some Creator/{{Disney}} or Creator/{{Pixar}} Blu-Ray Discs have a feature called "Cine-Explore", which accompanies an audio commentary with behind-the-scenes pictures and videos playing over the movie.
* Directors David Molina and Terry Shakespeare recorded one for the first ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' film. As befitting of a DirectToVideo title, it's nothing special either, but they reveal some nifty details, point out references and inform us that executive producer/story writer Bob Thompson kept making strange monster sounds with his mouth during production.
* The commentary for ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' notably has one part where the cast and directors decide to call Creator/ElizabethBanks, who couldn't join in on the commentary, and put her on speakerphone and basically describe what's happening in the movie at that moment to her, while she's eating lunch at Subway.
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[[folder:Film-Live Action]]
* Director Tamra Davis did ''Film/BillyMadison'' by herself, adding [[TearJerker "We love you, Chris!"]] in tribute to the now-deceased Chis Farley.
* The {{Saw}} [=DVDs=] often come with commentary from directors, actors, writers, and producers. These are hilarious, and YMMV about when they start become more entertaining than the actual films.
* Director Creator/JamesCameron and many of the main characters on the ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' Collector's Edition (part of the ''Alien Quadrilogy''). Cameron is busy discussing behind-the-scenes work, while the actors are goofing off and having a great time with each other. It continues all the way over the end credits.
** The commentary for ''Film/AlienVsPredator'' is more entertaining than the film itself.
* ''{{Anchorman}}'' features a surreal but hilarious fake commentary, where Will Ferrell talks about hookers and gets drunk with the director. Then, two actors who didn't get cast in the movie show up, and attack Ferrell. Then, after that, Lou Rawls, of all people, shows up!
* Ventriloquist JeffDunham's DVD of ''Arguing With Myself'' has a commentary track. As one of his character's puts it when you launch it, 'if you're watching this, you have too much time on your hands!' At the beginning of the commentary he admits he really doesn't know why a commentary track to a comedy ventriloquism act is even necessary, but the directors wanted to include one.
* ''Film/CheaperByTheDozen'' has several commentaries, by the older actors and creators, and then another with several of the child actors. This second commentary is absolutely hilarious, the kids going wildly off subject and clearly having a lot of fun.
* Creator/RidleyScott is well noted for his commentaries.
* ''Film/BowlingForColumbine'' features commentary recorded by Creator/MichaelMoore's interns and secretary.
* ''Film/{{Bound}}'' features the Wachowski brothers along with the woman they consulted for the portrayal of lesbianism. Jennifer Tilly also shows up in the last 20 minutes. The track is notable for being the last time the Wachowskis did anything related to promotion for one of their films.
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension''
** The audio commentary takes the rather surreal tactic of claiming that what we're viewing is an adaptation of actual events. The commentators include the "real person" on which one of the secondary characters was supposedly based, and they go so far as to constantly explain how the events depicted differ from "what really happened" and make comparisons between Peter Weller's portrayal and the "real" Buckaroo. (At least this is equally odd as the movie.)
** The DVD also contains a subtitle track that provides ''additional'' commentary with the same conceit. The subtitle comments are consistent with the audio commentary, but its author seems to be privy to additional details not known to the audio commentators.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie]]'' parodies the unappreciated status of commentary tracks by [[spoiler: having the characters turn on the commentary in order to learn what they need to do to solve the problem they faced at that point. Several of them comment such things as "who cares about this crap?" and look very angry and impatient while they wait for the information they wanted.]]
* ''CannibalTheMusical'' features one of the earliest "drunken commentaries." Director Trey Parker repeatedly comments on how his character's wayward horse is a thinly disguised allegory for his break-up with a former girlfriend, which he is apparently still bitter about at the time of the commentary. At the end, the commentators decide to go to a titty bar, and the last comment heard is one challenging the other to a fight.
* ''{{Orgazmo}}'', also by Trey Parker and featuring Matt Stone, continues the tradition of drunken commentary.
* ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' and ''Film/TheGoonies'' each reunited their now-adult child actors for commentaries.
* The director's commentary for ''Film/DancerInTheDark'' reportedly consists mostly of him bitching about how much Music/{{Bjork}} sucks. Not in a teasing way or as a way to make the commentary interesting -- he actually means it.
** Considering [[LarsVonTrier the director]], it's almost certainly not "reportedly."
* Creator/RogerEbert used to host a program called "Cinema Interruptus" during the University of Colorado's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conference_on_World_Affairs Conference on World Affairs]]. He and the audience would watch a movie on DVD in an auditorium and pause the film whenever someone has something to discuss. His notes from the event are incorporated into DVD commentaries for the films.
** His commentary for ''Film/DarkCity'' shows you just ''how'' brilliant the film is, pointing out visual motifs, cinematography tricks being used, and just how perfectly the movie's playing with Noir archetypes. The DVD's worth it for the commentary track alone.
** Ebert also contributes an excellent, in-depth commentary for ''Film/CitizenKane''. Again, notable for the breakdown of cinematography, shot design, and other interesting tidbits.
* ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'' features two commentaries, the first of which featuring Marshall Thurber, Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller arguing for 40 minutes whereupon all three exit and the commentary is replaced with that from the ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary'' DVD. The second (serious) one is an Easter Egg.
* The commentary track for ''Film/ElMariachi'' is Creator/RobertRodriguez pointing out all the goofy tricks he was forced to use to fit into his $7,000 budget.
* The commentary for ''Film/{{Eurotrip}}'' features the crew playing a drinking game during the movie.
* The commentary for ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'', by Creator/RobCohen goes to show the depth of insight a director can have about hidden aspects of the movie. Oh yeah, and he likes to [[StuffBlowingUp blow stuff up]] too.
* Amy Heckerling and Cameron Crowe have such a good time talking about ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh'' that the commentary goes on 20 minutes longer than the movie.
** For ''Film/AlmostFamous,'' Crowe brings his Mom along (as she was the inspiration for Frances McDormand's character).
* Each movie of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' Saga has a commentary track by George Lucas and heads of the principal production departments. They mostly discussed common knowledge facts. To the contrary, the commentary for ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' movie was much more informative, as the whole thing was rather fresh and new at the time.
* ''Film/FightClub'' has four commentaries, the most interesting of which is by the writer of the original novel and the writer of the film adaptation. It's a masterclass in how to adapt a novel.
* On the ''Film/{{Frequency}}'' DVD, there's an alternate commentary track by writer Toby Emmerich and his brother Noah, who appeared in a small role. Toby openly questions who's listening to the commentary and gives his email address (which became more useful once he became the head of New Line) and Noah has to leave midway through the commentary to get to another appointment.
* The Region 1 DVD of ''Film/{{Godzilla 2000}}'' features a commentary by the three guys who did most of the work Americanizing the film. It's full of information on what goes on in dubbing and adapting a film and is hilarious to boot.
* ''Film/HotFuzz'' has several commentaries, including one of two actual police officers from Wells, Somerset (where it was filmed).
* ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' features numerous commentaries, including one with zombies.
** In fact, Edgar Wright himself states on the Director's Commentary that his aim is to have "More commentary tracks than Lord Of The Rings". If you include ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' and ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', he's pretty much done this.
* Creator/KevinSmith is known for the excellent commentaries he sets up for his [[Franchise/TheViewAskewniverse View Askewniverse]] films:
** The commentaries for ''ClerksTheAnimatedSeries,'' essentially three hours of ranting against ABC and bad Korean animators, may be just as funny as the cartoon.
** His first commentary he ever did was for the ''Film/{{Clerks}}'' laserdisc (which is also featured on the later DVD). It's notable for -- aside from insights on how Smith put together a film for the price of a new car -- featuring Jason "Jay" Mewes on the floor, drunk, occasionally loudly shouting an expletive before falling asleep.
** He has also done commentaries for ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'', ''Film/ChasingAmy'' (in which he says "Fuck DVD, Laserdisc is the future"), two for ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' (once with the cast, then again when it was deemed that nothing was learnt from the first), ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'', two for ''Film/JerseyGirl'' (including one with Jason Mewes), three for ''Film/ClerksII'' (including a podcast commentary that was intended for people to take to the cinema and listen to while the film was on release). Interestingly, he didn't do one for ''Film/ZackAndMiriMakeAPorno'', apparently because of [[CreatorBreakdown Smith's response to the low box office reciept]].
* Famously, the LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' came with four commentary tracks per movie: directors/writers, actors, production team, and design team. That's 48 hours of commentary across the whole series. To add to the greatness, the actors' commentary for ''Return of the King'' includes comments from both Sméagol and Gollum. And Andy Serkis too!
** In the commentaries featuring Creator/IanMcKellen (Gandalf) and Creator/ChristopherLee (Saruman) it is painfully obvious that the actors are not actually watching the film and the commentary from them is simply spliced bits from interviews.
** In the commentary featuring Elijah Wood (Frodo), Andy Serkis (Gollum) and Sean Astin (Sam), Sean Astin completely takes over the conversation several times to rattle on about how great the story and production values are to the point that you can hear Wood and Serkis shifting uncomfortably in the background. This is easily the weakest of the assorted commentaries. While the others are a mix of good humour and fascinating information, Wood, Serkis and Astin spend most of their time praising each others performances.
** The commentaries featuring Dominic Monaghan (Merry) and Billy Boyd (Pippin) are utterly hilarious. Especially when Billy keeps waxing lyrical about his feelings for Minas Tirith
*** Also Fran Walsh jokingly threatens to give viewers of ROTK a test afterwards!
* ''Film/LoveActually'''s commentary gets off to a rough start -- Creator/HughGrant arrives late (about 30 minutes into the film)! Later, Bill Nighy and director Richard Curtis realize that young star Thomas Sangster (who was 13 years old at the time) is legally unable to watch the movie, which is rated 15. In the end it's quite a nice mix of funny/informative and mutual-admiration gushing (which is to be expected considering the writer/director and cast). It's also worth it just for Hugh Grant's snark about absent co-star Colin Firth, his fake nemesis. (After Richard Curtis had commented on what a nice close-up Firth had in a love scene: "I'd just assumed you'd cut it in from one of his other movies.")
* For ''Film/{{Made}}'', Creator/JonFavreau and Creator/VinceVaughn use pens to draw on the screen (hidden in a sub-title track).
* Barry Sonnenfeld's commentary on ''[[Film/MenInBlack Men In Black II]]'' falls under the awkward self-congratulation category, in addition to Sonnenfeld seemingly having no charisma whatsoever. The commentary for the first movie is unique in that Barry and actor Tommy Lee Jones are sitting in front of the movie ''MST3K''-style, and at various points even draw on the movie to point things out. These ''MST3K''-style visuals are also used in the commentary for ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''.
* ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace'' had the director joined by Gonzo and Rizzo, which resulted in an amusing joke commentary that's largely ParentalBonus stuff -- clean, but most of their references would be missed by kids.
* The screenwriters' commentary track for ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' is just hilarious. "[[RunningGag It]]'[[LampshadeHanging s]] [[AWizardDidIt magic]]".
** Their commentary for the second one is just as good.
* The actor's commentary track on ''Film/OceansEleven''. If watching the movie didn't make it obvious that the cast had an absolute ball making the film, hearing them riff on the movie and each other does.
* The colorized DVD release of ''Film/ReeferMadness'' has two commentaries. One is by the colorization team, which combines fascinating insights into the colorization process with lame pot jokes. The other is by none other than [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike Nelson]].
** Nelson has recorded commentary tracks for other classic movie DVD titles, including ''House On Haunted Hill'', ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'', and ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead''. These commentaries combine both classic "trivia spouting" and Nelson's own milieu -- movie-bashing a la MST3K.
* On the ''Film/ResidentEvil'' Deluxe Edition, director Paul W.S. Anderson and actresses MillaJovovich and MichelleRodriguez crack jokes and argue about meaningless crap.
--> '''Anderson''': And in this scene we....
--> '''Milla''': Who cares about that, you can see my boobs! Look!
** It continues in a similar fashion in ''Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse'' with MillaJovovich, Oded Fehr, and Sienna Guillory. The problem is that Milla and Oded clearly recorded their commentary separate from Sienna and the two were spliced together to alternate between them, causing major MoodWhiplash from hearing happy joking Milla and Oded to hearing down to earth and serious-about-her-job Sienna.
* "Comedian" Carrot Top has a commentary track on ''Rules of Attraction'' in which he watches the film for the first time. He keeps making inappropriate jokes throughout the film... and then a woman gets drugged and raped by frat boys. The sheer bizarreness of listening to him try to backpedal on his statements is gold.
* ''Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' has an in-character commentary with Lemony Snicket berating the director for making him sit through such a miserable movie. (After watching it, [[CrapsackWorld you may agree with him]].)
** Lemony Snicket goes through the entire thing acting as if the things had actually happened, and that Count Olaf, the main villain, is playing himself, having kidnapped Jim Carrey and locked him away somewhere.
** On the other hand, it's worth watching for this commentary alone, said commentary containing not a few instances of CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' has had several commentaries. For the CriterionCollection edition, it's played straight, with the cast and director talking about how the filmed the movie. For another special edition, the cast performs a commentary in character. It's hilarious. They protest at how stupid they were made to look by the director.
** And point out the "key turning point" of the film. [[RunningGag Twenty-five times]].
** Apparently every single person in the film besides the band themselves has died by the time the commentary is made. A few times the person making this claim is challenged on how they know that, and the gag is even extended to when they visit Elvis Presley's grave.
* The director's commentaries of Creator/StephenSommers's films, featuring writer/director Sommers and producer/editor Bob Duscay, are just as entertaining as the movies themselves, with both either elaborating on the movie or [[LampshadeHanging admitting]] that things don't quite work that way in real life.
** The special edition of ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'' has two additional commentaries: one with Brendan Fraser (Rick O'Connell) by himself, and another with Oded Fehr (Ardeth Bay), Kevin J. O'Connor (Beni), and Arnold Vosloo (Imhotep). Given that Vosloo speaks no English during the film itself, hearing his natural voice and accent is interesting in its own right.
* Creator/MichaelBay's commentary for ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' gives many reasons as to why [[AdaptationDistillation some things were different]] in the movie as well as elaborating on the backstory. He's also fairly knowledgeable about the mythos of ''Film/{{Transformers}},'' save for his mistakenly calling Scorponok "Scorponox".
* The cast commentary for ''Film/TropicThunder'' is interesting because while Ben Stiller and Jack Black are playing it straight, Creator/RobertDowneyJr acts in-character as Lincoln Osiris throughout most of the film. Then near the end he does the commentary as Kirk Lazarus, the Australian actor portraying Osiris. Finally as the credits roll he reverts back to himself. This plays off a throwaway line from the film itself, where Robert Downey Jr.'s character, an extreme method actor, comments "I don't break character till I record the DVDCommentary!"
* ''Film/{{UHF}}'' has a rather bizarre one, with minor cast members wandering in and out at various times. Most notably when Emo Phillips' scenes are on Weird Al wonders whatever happened to the guy only to hear "I'm right behind you". Al also calls Victoria Jackson on the phone during the recording (which she clearly wasn't expecting), and appears on screen a couple of times, once to simply leave and get a snack for the director.
* The second ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' movie had three members of the production crew pose as three famous heroes of D&D lore, giving in-character comments about the plot and pointing out references to common D&D concepts. Better than it sounds, partly because it's genuinely unique and interesting, and partly because it includes a sizable about of jokey heckling, somewhat reminiscent of a Podcast/RiffTrax audio stream.
* ''Film/TheGamers'' contains two notable commentaries: one is by RPG designer [[DungeonsAndDragons Monte Cook]], the other is a psychoanalysis of its events, including [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill backstabbing someone with a ballista]].
* The commentary for ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' is played straight until the final scenes, when director Singer and screenwriter [=McQuarrie=] suddenly engage in a heated argument. Portions of the argument fade in and out of the commentary track much like the dialogue of the film's climax. The filmmakers each land a parting insult before the track ends.
* The commentary for ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' is done by Patricia Quinn (Magenta) and Richard O'Brien (Riff-Raff) and is both informative and rather humorous.
--->'''Richard O'Brien''' (As Riff-Raff): (Regarding a mysterious third-string on Patricia Quinn's Space-Magenta costume.) My dearest sister. What is that extra bit between your knickers and your stockings?
--->'''Patricia Quinn''' (As Magenta): (Laughs) I have no idea. Oh, I don't know....
** It also includes a track recorded at a live screening of the film, featuring audience participation callbacks. However, it was made for/taken from the 1995 laserdisc, and thus has some UnintentionalPeriodPiece callbacks referencing then-current events like the O.J. Simpson trial.
* In the "More Entertaining Than The Film" category: ''Film/DudeWheresMyCar?''. It features the director, Ashton Kutcher, and Seann William Scott. After about twenty minutes, Seann says "Do you guys want some beers?" Hilarity Ensues.
* ''ConanTheBarbarian'' features an all-time classic commentary track with Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and John Milius. Schwarzenegger and Milius start the track by introducing themselves with each other's names, then the future governer of California adds, "And if you believe that, then you probably also believe there are little Richard Simmonses running around! Neeyaahaahey!" He goes on to utter such pearls as, "I get laid a lot in this movie!", "Is that kid wearing lipstick?", and--when a [[{{Fanservice}} belly dancer comes on screen]]--Arnie going, "Oh, I remember ''her''."
** "THIS IS THE BIT WHERE I PUNCH A CAMEL! WATCH ME PUNCH THE CAMEL!" "No Arnold, it's not that bit yet."
** Arnold's thoughts on the orgy scene: "LOOK! EVERYONE'S ''BANGING!''"
** And going back and forth about what's in the stew in one scene, before concluding that it's [[ImAHumanitarian "Split pea and hand"]]. Later, when a mook loses an arm, Milius quips, "Right into the soup."
* ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' featured JoelSchumacher '''[[OldShame apologizing]]''' for the movie.
* If you watched ''Film/SpaceJam'' and still think that it has any vestiges of seriousness then turn on the commentary that includes Bugs and Daffy commenting on the movie in-character in addition to the director. Bugs and Daffy came back for ''LooneyTunesBackInAction''.
* EddieIzzard's standup [=DVD=]s all contain commentaries, but since he tends to forget his material after he's stopped using it, and doesn't watch the discs before recording them, they consist mostly of him laughing at his own jokes.
* The commentary for ''Literature/MommieDearest'' is done by Creator/JohnWaters, as he's a fan of the film and doesn't consider it all that campy. He actually makes some very interesting points while managing to be totally hilarious.
* Joel and Ethan Coen typically avoid commentary tracks, but ''BloodSimple'' has one by fictional artistic director Kenneth Loring, written by the Coen brothers themselves, that essentially spoofs commentary tracks themselves. Loring generally alternates between waxing rhapsodic about the framing of certain shots ("the human face... we all... have one"), telling rambling off-topic stories, and offering up spurious details on how certain effects were accomplished (he claims a scene where two characters are driving in the rain at night had to be filmed in reverse with the actors hanging upside down -- the fact that their hair doesn't appear to be standing up is attributed to copious amounts of hair spray).
* Stand-up Tim Vine's first DVD had a commentary that not only provided some really interesting insights into the creative process, but that he used as an opportunity to tell some jokes that he forgot to include in the performance itself.
* The best part of ''Film/{{Twilight}}'' on DVD is listening to Robert Pattinson's thinly disguised hatred for Edward Cullen. ''Eclipse'' furthers this when he and Kristen Stewart repeatedly mock everything about it. It's implied that they're both high in order to cope with watching the movie.
* For the commentary for ''{{Superbad}}'', Judd Apatow brought his 10 year old daughter to the recording of the commentary, with Jonah Hill in the same room. Seth Rogen, in another studio via audio uplink, taunts Jonah by running his mouth off for as long as possible. Jonah loses it and goes on a rant about why Judd brought a 10 year old girl to the commentary of such a dirty movie. Judd then storms out and isn't heard from again. It's unclear how much of this was staged.
** Later on, Jonah says Judd's daughter is still in the studio. Whether this is true or not is unclear.
** Also, they'd tell stories about what happened on the set. One partiularly amusing tale is about when they were shooting a scene and an old lady wandered on set and began telling dirty {{Disney}} jokes.
*** "What's red and has 7 bumps in it?"
* There are a couple of commentaries for ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl'', but the one with Keira Knightley and Jack Davenport (more of the former than the latter) is hilarious.
** The one with Keira and Davenport is rather priceless for the moment where he realizes he didn't understand a significant plot point: He's stunned to find out that when the water ripples when Elizabeth faints and falls into the ocean, that the medallion is "calling" to the Black Pearl and it's what makes it appear later.
---> '''Keira''': What exactly did you think it was?
---> '''Jack''': I thought the film skipped!
** "Oh, mini-me! Mini-me! Mini-Orlando! Look at that cleavage!" A particularly amusing exchange happens when Elizabeth is running from the pirates in the governer's mansion; Keira Knightley explains that a shot showing her running up stairs practically killed her because she wasn't prepared, having expected her stunt double to do it. After Jack Davenport incredulously asks "You need a ''stunt girl'' to run up some stairs," she responds, in an extremely posh voice, "Yes, ''excuse me, yes,'' I am ''very'' lazy!"
** Given how Davenport laments his ([[PerverseSexualLust sexy, sexy]]) very ornate Naval costumes and how much more fun all the scruffy pirates were having, one wonders, given his character's rather extreme make-under in the second movie, if the writers were listening.
*** During the scene where character Norrington is made a Commodore of the British Navy, Davenport comments "how can one man be wearing that much brocade and ''not'' be classified as a Mardi Gras float?"
*** He then laments losing so much screen time to better-looking actors. One particular scene required some complicated ceremonial swordwork. "I practiced for weeks with that, and I'm in the background of ''your shot!"''
** The commentary by the writers for ''Dead Man's Chest'' included their noting the bone-cage chase on the cannibal island and the three-way sword fight on a giant wheel caused them to ask the director "Did you get your kids a hamster for Christmas?" They also go into a fair amount of self-deprecation, explaining the symbolism behind certain scenes only to say, "Oh, c'mon, you know no one uses literary devices in these summer blockbusters..."
* Listening to Creator/UweBoll's commentary on any of his movies is a truly fascinating experience, it gives you an inside look as to how utterly ridiculous he truly is. Some highlights:
** Unironically claiming to be trying to invoke GermanExpressionism in ''Film/HouseOfTheDead'' ("Az you can see zis shot is very reminiscent of ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari''")
** Going on a rant about Tara Reid's refusal to show her breasts in ''Film/AloneInTheDark2005'', all but ''blaming the movie's failure on this''.
** Boll getting more worked up about a ''cheeseburger'' arriving than anything about the movie in the ''Film/FarCry'' commentary.
** And finally his commentary for ''Film/BloodrayneIIDeliverance'' where he inexplicably ''stops'' halfway through the movie, with the remaining half of the track being the sounds of ''an empty room''.
* The commentary for ''Film/CastAway'' is dominated by the sound mixer's commentary on sound effects during the most pivotal scenes of the movie -- most notably as he gets off the island. While some of the commentary is interesting, you would think by listening that the sound effects were the absolute centerpoint of the film.
* ''StepBrothers'' features a musical commentary, with the actors and writers all spontaneously breaking into improvisational songs at random periods throughout the movie, accompanied by the movie's composer on keyboard. This is notable because the movie itself is '''not''' a musical, although it is largely improvisational.
* ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' includes a commentary track in the most literal sense. While most blind people are familiar with a commentary track describing the action onscreen allowing them to "watch" a movie, back then, those tracks were not typically included on wide-release videos and DVD. ''Daredevil'' includes the commentary track for the blind -- fitting, as Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} is a blind superhero -- which explains the actions onscreen as they happen.
** It's an interesting experience to "watch" the movie with your eyes closed and that commentary on to get a feel for how the blind see movies.
** There's also a funny moment when director Mark Steven Johnson openly admits that [[SpecialEffectsFailure an effect looks terrible]]--towards the end when Daredevil awkwardly leaps upwards between two buildings onto a roof--and tells the audience to look away for thirty seconds and then come back.
* The ''Film/MarsAttacks'' DVD is a strange case whether you want to hear the commentary in English or in Martian! ("AK AK AK AK!")
** The same joke is done for ''Film/GalaxyQuest''.
** Unfortunately, Creator/TimBurton doesn't give good commentary.
** Indeed. Creator/TimBurton's comments for ''Film/BatmanReturns'' are punctuated with a lot of rambling thoughts and giggles -- but some insight.
** In his commentary for the first ''Film/{{Batman}}'' film he says "you know" [[VerbalTic probably a hundred times]].
* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' commentary is pretty impressive, considering it was recorded ten years after the movie was made and director Frank Darabont is able to name off many trivial facts and details, down to names of crew members, about the film.
* ''RockyBalboa'' has a quite interesting track by Sylvester Stallone, covering tidbits about the shoot and philosophical pondering on the characters in pretty much equal measure.
* The [=DVD=] commentary for ''Film/RedEye'' has Creator/WesCraven giving out more background information, such as Rippner's complex mindset and the strange, underlying chemistry between Rippner and Lisa. Another good mention is the many extra cameos were people who worked on the film. And yes, Craven confirms that when Lisa got the scar, [[spoiler:she was raped.]]
* ''Film/{{Predator}}'' has a terrible commentary from director John [=McTiernan=] that is nothing short of a chore to sit through. [=McTiernan=] sounds utterly disinterested, muttering his way through the film, audibly sighing and lapsing into long periods of silence. It's a shame, as some of the things he manages to bring himself to say are actually fairly interesting.
* ''Film/TotalRecall1990'' (1990). The one for this film is particularly hilarious. For one, Verhoeven's Dutch accent, coupled with Schwarzenegger's Austrian accent, serve to make it almost unintelligible. Schwarzenegger's commentary consists almost entirely of making jokes about the [[{{Multiboobage}} three-breasted hooker]], a grating tendency for [[CaptainObvious stating the patently obvious]] ("This is me as a construction worker", "I used this guy as a HumanShield and then threw him down the escalator"), and expressing how he likes certain parts of the movie because they serve to reinforce the possibility that it's AllJustADream. Verhoeven for his part has a VerbalTic that leads him to end most of his sentences with "Izznit?", though it's possible he's just trying to get Arnold to contribute more, who seems to respond with "Exactly", the occasional "That's right", or complete silence to pretty much everything Verhoeven says.
** Verhoeven says "Izznit?" when he's alone in interviews so often it's a {{verbal tic}}. Just like Tony Scott saying "Yeah" on commentaries of his movies.
* As a rule, any commentary track Paul Verhoeven does is worth listening to if you can understand him through his accent. He's an extremely smart man and generally has a lot of interesting things to talk about.
* The Criterion Edition of ''Film/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'' has several commentary tracks, including one ''by HunterSThompson himself'' that makes the CE a must-have for Thompson fans. Throughout the film Hunter insults Creator/TerryGilliam, screams randomly, audibly smokes weed, and tries to call cast members when he's bored. Yet for all his randomness, he remembers that Creator/JohnnyDepp is using audio from the anti-drug law enforcement movie-in-a-movie on his answering machine and calls Depp's answering machine to prove it -- and Hunter times it almost perfectly to sync up the film and the machine.
* The Criterion laserdisc editions of the first three ''Film/JamesBond'' movies reportedly feature commentary so controversial they have since been banned from ever getting the rights to release any ''Bond'' movie ever released. Forever.
* The commentary for Creator/RolandEmmerich's ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'' features Roland himself and (mostly) producer Mark Gordon, who spends 88% of the commentary complaining about the difficulties of production, [[SelfDeprecation pointing out plot holes, and making fun of the acting]].
* ''HotelRwanda'' has a fascinating one with Paul Rusesabagina, [[BasedOnATrueStory the real life subject of the film]], who gives further {{backstory}} on the events and points out historical liberties. The film's director Terry George is also there, but he's clearly comfortable just letting Rusesabagina tell his story and acts like more of an interviewer for the most part.
* ''DeathAtAFuneral'' has two commentaries, one with actors Alan Tudyk and Andy Nyman with writer Dean Craig, and one with director Frank Oz. If you've ever wanted to hear a film commentated on by Fozzie the Bear, the second commentary is surprisingly close.
* The director's commentary for ''{{Freaked}}'' manages to combine hilarious and informative by telling stories of being on the set (such has having to get a "scab T" after Creator/MrT left shooting for a day as he felt the shoot was going too slow) to the constant interference that the directors suffered from Fox. Even after all of the difficulties, they were still proud of their baby.
* The ''Film/LostInSpace'' movie is worth a rental just for Akiva Goldsman's comments over the end credits, where he gleefully discusses [[StillbornFranchise his plans for the sequel]]. It sounds like he was saving all his best ideas for it, making this a textbook example of why that's a bad idea.
* The DVD of ''Film/WhiteOleander'' has an interesting commentary with the director of the film and the author of the novel it's based on, leading to interesting tidbits for fans of the book as well as those who had only seen the film.
* The audio commentary for ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'' is done by the film's two lead actors, David Naughton and Griffin Dunne. It has some funny moments, but other than that mostly has one asking the other "Do you remember filming this scene?", interspersed by long silences.
* In the commentary for ''Film/TheMuppets'' they have an ongoing joke about "Future Movies Magazine" talking about how great movies they are working on but haven't been released yet will be. When "Man or a Muppet?" starts, they joke about it getting an AcademyAward -- one even says "Yeah, in ''Future Movies Magazine''". "Man or a Muppet" did indeed eventually win the Academy Award for Best Song.
* ''Film/MissPettigrewLivesForADay'' has a rather lovely commentary, discussing why they made a few changes in plot and setting (shifting the time-frame to introduce elements of the up-coming war, for one); notes on camera angles, cutting, and pace; utterly fangirling over the actors; and mentioning the ridiculously expensive hand-painted wallpaper that appeared in precisely one scene. (But it was ''very'' nice wallpaper.)
* One of the two commentaries of ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' is by Jim and Marylin Lovell -- Jim Lovell is the author of ''Lost Moon'', the book the film was based on and, oh yeah -- was the ''commander'' of Apollo 13. His wife doesn't say a lot, but Jim talks about the differences between the movie and the events, and the similarities. If you are a space nerd, the commentary really makes you feel like a witness to history.
* On the commentary for ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'', Creator/DavidFincher basically gives a film school masterclass, and at one point tells viewers to take it up with writer Creator/AaronSorkin if they have complaints about a certain scene, and provides the latter's email address (which is bleeped out).
* The ''Film/SuperEight'' commentary featuring director Creator/JJAbrams, director of photography Larry Fong and producer Bryan Burk has them mulling over what question to ask Creator/StevenSpielberg via email, since he never does commentaries. There's also talk of Fong's magic skills (which are demonstrated in a featurette elsewhere on the disc), and he promises to bend the silverware in the house of anyone listening to the commentary.
* ''Film/BubbaHoTep'' has an amusing one featuring Bruce Campbell as Elvis, commenting about his thoughts on the film, completely in character.
* ''Music/PinkFloyd Music/TheWall'' has a very funny commentary track with Roger Waters (music/lyrics/story) and Gerald Scarfe (artwork/production designer).
* The 2006 DVD editions of ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' and ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' each have commentary tracks featuring production designer Brian Froud who was with both productions from the get-go and key to their WorldBuilding.
* At one point during the ''Film/{{Scream 4}}'' commentary track with Creator/EmmaRoberts, HaydenPanettiere (who has to leave two-thirds of the way through [[spoiler: mirroring her role in the film itself]]), Neve Campbell (via phone from London, and another one who doesn't stay to the end -- she only takes part for half an hour from around the 15-minute mark) and director Creator/WesCraven, Hayden realises her shirt's on the wrong way around and [[MsFanservice promptly takes it off to put it on properly]], much to Miss Roberts's amusement and Mr. Craven's bemusement bordering on blushing. As with the film, Panettiere is therefore the best part of the track.
* Most of the commentaries for the ''Film/JamesBond'' movies, especially the older ones, are audio clips from past interviews introduced by someone from the Creator/IanFleming Foundation.
* ''Film/{{Insomnia}}'' is a rather odd case. While it does have a usual commentary track by Creator/ChristopherNolan, scene-specific commentaries are made by Creator/HilarySwank, screenwriter Hillary Seitz, director of photography Wally Pfister, production designer Nathan Crowley, and editor Dody Dorn. Of course, the option can be made to listen to the tracks combined for a more traditional listening experience.
* The commentary for ''Film/{{Zardoz}}'' is particularly interesting in that the director not only admits large parts of the film are unnecessary, but openly admits the movie was made on drugs.
* The commentary for ''[[Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe]]'' featuring director AndrewAdamson and the four child actors who played the Pevensie siblings is almost as entertaining as the film itself largely due to the four child actors spending most of the commentary playfully bickering and joking at each other's expense to the point where you could almost believe that they were actual siblings while Adamson hopelessly tries to keep them on-topic to talk about the actual film.
* In addition to a creator commentary for ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'', there is a "Crook and Cop" commentary, which feature Henry Hill (the ex-gangster whom the film is based on) and the prosecutor who used Henry as a witness in mob cases and put him into witness protection. The pair provide an insight into what the gangsters were like in real life.
* In the Blu-ray of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', the film stops to have the actors discuss certain scenes on screen.
* ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'' has a commentary by Creator/RobertWise. Contrary to what most might expect, he does not talk over the musical numbers. Instead, instrumentals of the songs play during those parts.
* The commentary for the incredibly forgettable 2005 monster movie TheCave is a study in listening to screenwriters come ''this'' close to bitching about the shitty movie someone made out of their script but then backing off just in time to save their livelihoods.
* The makers of EuroTrip play a drinking game during the film and end up rather tipsy by the end.
* The ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' 50th anniversary Blu-Ray has lyricist Creator/StephenSondheim provide commentary for the musical numbers, discussing abandoned concepts, differences between the play and the movie, and which songs he does and doesn't feel proud of in retrospect.
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* The season three premiere of ''Series/{{Alias}}'' features a track by Erin, the show's TelevisionWithoutPity recapper, and another fan who won a radio contest. Though clearly hogtied to some extent by the show's lawyers (without reading her recaps you'd get the feeling Erin is far more fond of season three than she really is) it's still good fun as they easily find things to chat about through the whole episode and even get in the odd jab at the show ("What was the point of the dress?").
* Joss Whedon's commentaries for his ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episodes are occasionally enlightening, but always funny. His commentary for "Objects in Space," however, is very philosophical, as the episode was inspired by the writings of Jean-Paul Sartre. His commentary on "Restless" is almost required to actually understand what the hell is going on. And anywhere he appears with comic Seth Green (Oz) is hilarious.
** In ''Series/{{Angel}}'' Season 5, Joss, Alexis Denisof (Wesley) and Creator/AmyAcker (Fred) were all on the commentary track for the extremely grueling TearJerker "A Hole in the World". The performance is so powerful that all three are struck silent for a large part of the show, at the end of which Joss jokes it was the "[[WorstWhateverEver Worst. Commentary. Ever]]."
** NathanFillion and Alan Tudyk did commentary for "War Stories", which ends with Fillion inviting Tudyk to watch porn with him. No, really.
*** This one also features Tudyk speculating on what Wash was up to during the Unification War: spending most of it in prison after getting shot down on his first mission ferrying supplies (though for which side is up for grabs), and surviving in prison by entertaining fellow prisoners with shadow puppets (apparently SeriousBusiness in the ''Firefly''-verse). Many fans have taken this as their {{Fanon}}.
** The (not Joss) commentary for the ''Buffy'' episode "Superstar" pretty much tells you nothing you couldn't figure out by watching the episode.
* The 25th Anniversary Edition DVD of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' special "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]" has three commentaries: the one that was included in the 2000 Region 1 DVD with Creator/PeterDavison (The Fifth Doctor) and Creator/TerranceDicks (the writer), one featuring Carole Ann Ford (Susan), Nicholas Courtney (TheBrigadier), Creator/ElisabethSladen (Sarah Jane Smith) and Mark Strickson (Turlough); finally, a third EasterEgg one with Creator/DavidTennant (The Tenth Doctor), Helen Raynor (a new series writer/script editor), and Phil Collinson (new series then-current-producer) having a huge nostalgia kick.
** Along with the normal commentary on the DVD of ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival Survival]]'' the third episode also was commentated on by a group of fans who won a contest in ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine''.
** Many ''Who'' commentaries do like to playfully mock the episodes. Creator/PeterDavison has said that he prefers doing the commentaries with the actors, and not members of the production staff, as the actors are usually more willing to take playful jabs at the silliness of it all (although some fans get very upset about the negativity of Davison's remarks about some stories, and even more so Janet Fielding's).
** The [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie TV movie]] had two commentaries. The first featured a straightforward commentary from director Geoffrey Sax about the casting, filming, and special effects shots. The second was moderated by Nicholas Briggs, and featured Creator/SylvesterMcCoy and Creator/PaulMcGann talking about how much fun they had during filming, gushing about co-star Daphne Ashbrook, and making fun of the movie's sillier moments.
* The ''FreaksAndGeeks'' DVD includes on average of two and a half commentaries ''per episode'', including one done by three "teachers" in character and one by [[BigNameFan posters on the biggest F&G fanboard]]. Creator/JuddApatow and Paul Feig freely admit that they made the occasion of recording commentaries a de facto cast reunion.
* The commentary track for ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace'' was done by the three main stars of the show: Garth Marenghi, Dean Learner and Todd Rivers. While Garth and Dean are intensely knowledgeable and passionate about the show, it quickly becomes obvious that Todd has never actually watched the finished project before and only has a vague recollection of the scenes that he was in due to his rampant alcoholism at the time of filming. Thus, Todd has little interest in what's going on and constantly draws attention to the various flaws of the show. Meanwhile, all three men (loudly) eat crisps and drink beer while they comment. Additionally, "Todd" makes Richard Aoyade crack up for real by proposing a line of make-up for black women called Ethnic Cleansing.
* The commentary tracks in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' were filmed during breaks in the filming of the show proper and released on the internet as the episodes aired. Consequently, the lineup sometimes changes halfway through an episode as the actors arrive on set or leave to shoot a scene, and the commentators occasionally have to be shushed -- or even bleeped -- when they accidentally start talking about an episode later in the season.
** The shushing/bleeping is especially frustrating for owners who saw the series first on the DVD set and were unaware, because they're listening to actors being shushed on plot points and are thinking to themselves "But what sort of idiot listens to the DVD commentary BEFORE watching the series through?"
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s commentaries feature some terminology that can be found on this very wiki, including "SchmuckBait" and "[[LampshadeHanging hanging a lantern on it]]." The commentary for the pilot episode stops and cuts to "making of" footage in a few places. Some wound up being only "cast & crew having fun". The one for season 3's "A Tale of Two Cities" has writer Damon Lindelof and actress Elizabeth Mitchell telling little useful information and a lot of jokes -- even calling it "their own MST3K".
** A lighthearted Season 4 commentary between Jorge Garcia and Evangeline Lilly (Hurley and Kate) includes Lilly sheepishly asking what happens when someone needs to go to the bathroom while recording a commentary track. After the act break, she returns and laments that now she's going to be forever known as the girl with the tiny bladder.
* In the "A Series" DVD of ''{{QI}}'', turning factoids on gives you 'concealed elf banter' (which acts as commentary, and tells you stuff they didn't have time to put in the show) whenever the QI magnifying glass comes on the screen.
* Every single episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'' (except for Series X) gets a DVD commentary track from the entire cast for that whole series. The exception is Series V, which Craig Charles (who plays Lister) couldn't show up to the commentary recording for due to being ill -- so instead the other actors all ''imitate him'' and mercilessly make fun of him while he's not there. Series V and VI also include a fan commentary on the most popular episode of each series. The one for "Back to Reality" had someone from the studio sitting in to make sure the fans didn't just quote the entire episode as it happened.
** Series VII also features Chris Barrie commenting on episodes he doesn't appear in (his character left in episode 2 but appeared in flashbacks in two more episodes after that) and for one episode he basically complains how boring it is, and the rest of the cast agree.
** Older than DVD! A VHS boxset containing one episode from each of the first six series was released, that came with an audio CD containing creator commentaries on each of the episodes. I'm not sure if they were actually synced to be watched at the same time as the video, though.
* ''Series/SledgeHammer'': During the recording of first season DVD's commentaries, an earthquake apparently takes place. It's not entirely clear if it's real or not.
** Probably not. The same thing happens in a single commentary from Season 2.
* On ''Series/TheWestWing'', the DVD commentaries (usually featuring Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme and one of the show's stars) fall under the "awkward self-congratulation" category.
* TheWhitestKidsUKnow's first season DVD commentary consisted of four-fifths of the group making fun of Sam for two episodes (he was an hour late and showed up when they were starting on the third episode), talking about funny things that happened during the filming, and retelling Trevor's life story before he started sketch comedy [[spoiler: he was a lawyer in Branson, MO with a wife and three kids]].
* Many of the commentaries for ''Series/MrShow'' feature cast members providing ad-libbed commentary as various fictional characters, some of which appear in the episode and some of which are only tangentially related to the show.
* The [=DVDs=] for the second season of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' features a commentary with Jason Segel (who plays Marshall) watching a Marshall-centric episode while doing a joint commentary with the writer of the episode. Eventually it devolves into both of them disrobing to their underwear in what sounds like Gay Chicken. For the third season DVD, Segel apparently demanded to have the writer do another joint commentary, for an episode the writer didn't actually have any involvement in. Segel shows up drunk, with 12 condoms. 10 condoms are left by the episode's end.
* ''TheWeirdAlShow'' had fascinating cast/crew commentaries for every episode, addressing the amount of ExecutiveMeddling they were subjected to, among many other things. They also frequently mocked the quality of the show, in essence MSTing their own work.
* Many of ''Series/TwentyFour'''s commentaries are the self-congratulatory sort, but one for the fourth episode of Day Two features gags about ProductPlacement ("Is that a Daewoo?")
** There were two hilarious commentary intros for the third season. In her commentary Mary Lynn Rajskub introduces herself as Reese Witherspoon, and later on in the season during their commentary with producer Tim Iacofano, Carlos Bernard introduces himself as playing 'Tony the Pizza Man', and James Badge Dale says he plays "Chase who delivers Chinese Food".
* As part of a joke in Creator/TheUmbilicalBrothers live show ''Speedmouse'', out of nowhere commentary is heard in the theatre, stating they had no idea how to end the current joke; on the DVD it turns out that it's part of the show's actual commentary. The rest of the commentary is frequently sidetracked or interrupted by other characters from the show, and when they do provide behind-the-scenes information it's false. Several times, they claim that various imaginary props and characters were actually present in the theatre, but were digitally removed in post-production. At one point, they admit that a particular imaginary character really was just a voiceover, then claim that it was intended to be a visible CGI-animated character but all the earlier digital object removal broke the CGI budget.
* ''Series/{{Deadwood}}'' has commentaries sprinkled over a number of episodes with various pairings of directors, writers, and actors. It's very interesting hearing the contrast in commentating styles among the different parties. Ian [=McShane=] and Creator/TimothyOlyphant are clearly at a loss, and mostly just comment on trivial things like their hair and how tall the various actresses are. Creator/MollyParker and Creator/AnnaGunn, on the other hand, provide a rather intellectual analysis of the show's themes and characters.
* The shortlived ''Director's Commentary'' TV series was a rather good parody of the genre.
* Creator/EddieIzzard's stand-up DVD ''Sexie'' has a commentary, immediately lampshaded by im referring to it as an "audio commentary for an audio commentary". So.. yeah.
* J. Michael Straczynski did commentaries for several pivotal episodes of ''Series/BabylonFive'', including every season finale. Lots of great information about the production and his writing strategy, and it ultimately becomes very moving when he audibly chokes back tears while watching the series finale.
** In addition, many of the cast member commentaries are hilarious, full of affectionate jabs at each other (particularly when Bruce Boxleitner and Jerry Doyle are involved). But the funniest moment of all is the one in "Interludes and Examinations" where Boxleitner apparently realises for the first time ever while doing the commentary [[spoiler:that the apparition of Sheridan's father when Kosh is killed was actually the dying Kosh talking to him]].
* ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' had a commentary by Thing and Cousin Itt.
* On the commentary for the DVD of the Australian comedy show ''The Late Show'' it was mentioned the possibility of some things being removed due to legal reasons. Due to his commitment and love of all things DVD, when this happens Tony Martin (cast member and producer of the DVD) cuts into the commentary track and explains what happened, and fills the blank in with jokes to ensure the commentary doesn't have any awkward pauses.
* The [=DVDs=] for ''GenerationKill'' have commentaries for each of the seven episodes. They range from giving insight into the making-of (with directors Susanna White and Simon Cellan Jones sitting for some episodes) to a few extra anecdotes from writer Evan Wright. The actors mostly take the commentary seriously; Stark Sands discusses the real Nate Fick and war, while in contrast Alexander Skarsgaard and James Ransone spend the fourth episode saying, "I'm not onscreen! This episode sucks."
* ''Series/{{Community}}'''s first season has a commentary for every episode, each of which include at least four people and all of which feature series creator Dan Harmon. Generally, those who accompany him are two or three of the actors (usually those whose characters had the greatest impact on that episode's plot) and occasionally the episode's writer or director.
** For the third seasons, actors Gillian Jacobs and Yvette Nicole Brown are the constants, with one or both appearing in every track. They also lack contributions from Donald Glover (who was on tour at the time) and Chevy Chase (who had... issues with the production).
* The commentary for ''BlackBooks'' is almost as endlessly quotable as the series themselves, due to the cast's ability to be off-the-cuff hilarious and the relaxed attitude to actually talking about the show.
-->'''Bill Bailey:''' "We will settle this... the Gypsy way."\\
** ''{{Spaced}}'', ''BlackBooks'' sister show, also has a frequently laugh-out-loud commentary track, which manges to include as many as possible of the regular and guest cast, but Edgar Wright tends to pull the actors back towards relevance when they start riffing, sadly...
* On the commentary for the ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' episode "Sister City", guest star Fred Armisen "leaves" partway through and Raul, the character he played in the episode, shows up to complain about how badly he was portrayed. Eventually, Raul "leaves", at which point Armisen just happens to "return".
* The actor commentaries for ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' are always great fun. None more so than when David Hewlett's dog, Mars, sat up and growled when a Wraith came on the screen (until that point no one listening to the commentary would have known he was in the room at the time during the recording) and the time Hewlett and the others involved decided on a whim to phone a guest star in the episode they were commenting on and discuss his acting.
* Unfortunately the commentary for the DVD release of ''Series/PoliceSquad'' is pretty boring -- they hadn't seen the series for a while and spend more time laughing at the jokes and saying how wet behind the ears they were than letting you know anything interesting. They only offer it on three out of the total of six episodes, too -- and not even the best ones. They spend half the time talking about how they had to fight against having a LaughTrack added -- [[{{Irony}} and then their commentary is mostly... a laugh track]].
* Most of the commentary for ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' is hilarious. Most episodes are commented by lots of the cast at the same time, and they have fun teasing each other. On one George-heavy episode the rest of the cast calls Jeffrey Tambor on the phone, and he plays along while driving until cut off in a tunnel.
* ''Series/MadMen'' features scads of commentary, with two tracks for almost every episode. The quality varies widely, though. Jon Hamm and John Slattery together are ridiculously funny, as are Christina Hendricks and Robert Morse, and Alison Brie and Vincent Kartheiser. Elizabeth Moss is a boat anchor, though, especially in the first-season commentaries, where she spends three whole episodes going on at excruciating length about how challenging and rewarding her fat suit acting was.
* ''{{Treme}}'' has a slew of great ones by the cast and crew, plus two radio personalities who write a blog about the show's music. Plenty of information about filming in New Orleans, cultural phenomena that the show doesn't fully explain, the few historical liberties taken, and identities of locals who were given small roles. Also, David Simon says that he's written a request for a second line into his will, complete with song list, which will probably be the only one his particular cemetery will ever see.
* ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' doesn't do many commentaries, but one tradition seems to be that Daniella Ruah (Kensi) and Eric Christian Olsen (Deeks) always do one together each season. The tracks are hilarious and if you believe their commentary then it becomes clear the writers are not stretching for the banter between the characters. Also, after the first one in Season Two, you get the feeling those two should not be allowed in the booth without a script.
* Ron Moore recorded commentaries for ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' which he originally released for free as a podcast before they were included on the [=DVDs=]. They were clearly not professionally recorded and appeared to have been recorded in his house, with the sound of the neighbours mowing their lawns and telephones ringing in the background. The commentaries frequently featured cameos from his wife Terry, otherwise known as 'Mrs. Ron'.
** Particularly amusing is his audible pleasure when Mrs. Ron is out of the house and he can therefore smoke. His scotch selection for the recording is also generally noted.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' jumps back and forth between being incredibly amusing and informative as all the cast and crew riff on each other giving anecdotes, and awkward congrats sessions. In particular, creator Vince Gilligan is such a nice man that he pretty much makes sure to congratulate everyone for everything.
* The commentaries for ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' are quite good, though in different ways. The commentary for "A Study in Pink" (Episode 1) has Creator/StevenMoffat, Creator/MarkGatiss, and Sue Vertue (Moffat's wife and co-producer of the show) having a lengthy, informative conversation about all the various Doyle references they snuck in and what the casting process was like. The commentary for "The Great Game", though, is Gatiss and stars Creator/BenedictCumberbatch and Creator/MartinFreeman (who hilariously, has to leave halfway through) joking around, trying not to label-drop all the excellent clothes they get to wear, and generally having a very good time.
--->[[MemeticMutation "Rupert Graves is good at football and has five children."]]
* ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'' epic best of compilation features an excellent commentary where Ian and Paul watch and make more jokes -- on one notable occasion, Paul is utterly mortified when his past self makes a funnier joke about a clip immediately after he does.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has plenty of good ones, the main attraction being the one by George RR Martin on the episode of each season he wrote himself. Lots of great notes on adaptation issues, relations between the actors, and insights into the characters. The child actors even get their own commentary, and start it off by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t92ukx0A2fk singing along to the main theme!]]
* Season 2 of ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'' features some good ones with the actors, most notably Clea Duvall's rather embarrassed commentary on her sex scene with Nick Stahl.
* Only a few episodes in seasons one and two of ''Series/{{JAG}}'' have audio commentaries and since they were recorded nine to ten years after the episodes were made, they can be characterized as remembrance style.
* The premiere episode of ''Series/{{Profit}}'' features a trio of people in the booth. The track itself is pretty good, but it takes them a while to recover from the intro.
-->'''David Greenwalt:''' Hi, I'm David Greenwalt, co-creator.
-->'''John [=McNamara=]:''' I'm John [=McNamara=], co-creator.
-->'''Adrian Pasdar:''' Adrian Pasdar, actor.
-->'''John [=McNamara=]:''' Your voice is so awesome. I want you to read me to sleep every night.
-->'''all:''' *crack up laughing*
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "The Last Night Of a Jockey" has probably one of the most hilariously awkward commentaries ever courtesy of an ''extremely'' cranky Mickey Rooney who proceeds to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR4YhS_Ru_I antagonize his interviewer]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm1b8vbfBdc&feature=youtu.be&t=22s like the world's biggest "crotchety old man" stereotype]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6SPnetR2UE every step of the way]], and at one point even claiming no one is going to listen to said commentary because the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VCceZUuV8g younger audience]]" is "watching...[[TheInternetIsForPorn sexy things]]".
* ''Series/WonderShowzen''
** Season 1, [[http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/20854/wonder-showzen-season-1/ per DVD Talk]]: ''On "Space," Screamin' Steven J. Hawkins -- a parody of Stephen Hawking -- speaks in a computerized voice about all manner of subjects, including how since "ignorance is bliss," that means he, being the smartest person in the world, must be the most miserable. ("More misery than anyone on this God-forsaken planet could possibly understand.") Over "Diversity," the band PFFR (featuring the "Wonder Showzen" guys, and predating the TV show) plays its weird electronica music. And on "Nature," actor Dick Gregory (who plays Mr. Sun on the show) rambles amiably about ... um ... the episode, sometimes, and sometimes just about whatever. It's not as funny as the Stephen Hawking thing, but it's admirably weird... [and] one more commentary, from author Gordon Lish, who has no prior connection to "Wonder Showzen" as far as I can tell. He offers commentary on the "Patience" episode, talking more or less about the subject of patience without ever actually referencing the episode. When the episode starts playing backwards halfway through, Lish's commentary does the same thing. At the end, when the episode goes to fast-forward, so does Lish.''
** Season 2, [[http://www.ign.com/articles/2006/11/17/wonder-showzen-season-two?page=2 per IGN]]: ''The commentaries once again have hardly anything to do with the show itself. Rather, the episode "Genocide" has "Screamin' Stephen Hawking" and Samantha Power, a real Pulitzer-Prize winning author. And "Time" has a professor of theoretical physics from the City University of New York. Both professors simply lecture on their subject for a half-hour. To be honest, these commentaries are amazingly interesting and worth a listen. Watching the show play as the professor talk about their work is a fascinating bit of art.''
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* Factor 5's Nintendo 64 game; Star Wars: The Battle For Naboo, may very well be one of the first games with an audio commentary. In each of the standard levels, there are atleast five minutes of audio commentary from the games developers. On a ''cartridge'', no less!
* Factor 5 repeated this, by adding audio commentary into the Gamecube game ''[[RogueSquadron Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader]]''.
* ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick: VideoGame/EscapeFromButcherBay''. In the Developer's Cut, at points in the game you'd come across a bubble, and when activating it would get to hear one of the designers talk about the level you're in/enemies you're fighting/scene you're about to see etc etc.
* ''{{Halo 3}}'''s [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition Legendary Edition]] has a DVD with all the cutscenes from the preceding two games. You can also turn on the DVD commentary to hear 3 of the games makers (Including Bungie founder Jason Jones) talk over them.
* Starting a NewGamePlus in ''Disgaea DS'' can unlock commentary on cutscenes by one of the MascotMook Prinnies, [[VerbalTic dood]]. (While the regular scene takes place on the lower screen, the Prinny's comments show up on the top.)
* Valve Software's more recent games (starting with ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Lost Coast'') offer a similar ability; while playing through the game with commentary active, little rotating speech bubbles can be found throughout each level. "activating" these bubbles begins an audio commentary track. Some of these actually take temporary control of the player character, in order to show closer views of certain objects.
** Most of Valve's games with commentaries makes your character immune to damage or be ignored by enemies, which is nice because frankly, being attacked while trying to listen to the commentaries is a big no no. Of course achievements cannot be earned due to you being in god mode.
** In ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' specifically, certain commentary nodes spawn a copy of whatever they're talking about. [[OhCrap One of them talks about The Tank...]]
*** ...Which will ignore you and go after the bots, allowing players to cause shenanigans by spawning the Tank through the commentary node over and over again.
* ''VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus'' has level commentary tracks from the developers, but you need to complete NintendoHard time trials to unlock em'.
* Season One of the new ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' series has commentary from the designers about how some of the scenes were made and what got left out of the games (including subtle foreshadowing being dropped because too many people were getting it and an over-complicated puzzle being changed). It was available on the Telltale website for a period of time.
* ''VideoGame/TombRaider Anniversary'' has commentary crystals in every level, but you have to beat all the levels in each region and find the secret items in order to unlock them. Even when you are listening to the commentaries, Lara will still be attacked.
* ''Jak3Wastelander'' has unlockable versions of cutscenes with commentary by the game's designers and animators, giving insightful little tidbits about the game's cutscenes and machinimia in general. One of the most amusing commentaries is for a cutscene that lasts a whole five seconds: "There's a really funny story behind this scene, but I really don't have the time to tell it!"
** Likewise, creator commentary for cutscenes can be bought in the secrets shop in ''Jak X: Combat Racing''. It offers insight in how the scenes were animated, ideas that didn't make it into the game, and a crew member doing [[CrowningMomentOfFunny an imitation of a colleague]] who couldn't be there during recording.
* To some extent, ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'' has this in the form of Kayin Nasaki's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_l-kBGr-tB8&feature=related own]] LetsPlay of it. Besides the commentary it's somewhat satisfying for others to see him get a taste of [[PlatformHell what he's unleashed]].
* In ''Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction'', one cheat unlocks Infobots scattered around the worlds that provide commentary on various things, "Tools of Production".
** The first three games have commentaries by two of the designers [[http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNSvmpQDiy_QIFrqpDw9tBA via let's plays]]
* In the MonstersVsAliens video game each level has unlockable commentary, mostly in character by whichever monster the level featured, but in a few cases by the developers who worked on the game.
* Hideki Kamiya has done what's basically a LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' where he discusses PlatinumGames' experience creating the game. The translated commentary is uploaded bi-weekly on PlatinumGames' site.
* MetalGearSolid4 has a podcast on Snake's in-game Ipod, in which the developers talk about various aspects of the game's design.
* A patch/DLC for ''VideoGame/MarkOfTheNinja'' added interactive commentary in the same vein as Valve's. In various parts of the level there are "nodes" which allow the player to read commentary by attacking or interacting with them (there's even a few achievements for doing so in the steam version).
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* [[Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt Tom Siddell]] started a series of videos with comments on each chapter of ''Gunnerkrigg Court''. You can find the first one [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9oF6ogesUA&list=UUqtG2TZZWm-iKJq2-Vzm4Jg here]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' features ''WebVideo/CommentaryTheMusical'', which is less of an actual commentary than a separate, 42 minute long musical about making a commentary. There is also a regular commentary, in case you wanted to know things, rather than be entertained.
** In which case you will be disappointed, as any commentary featuring Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris, FeliciaDay and JossWhedon (among others) is sure to be hilarious. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny It is]].
*** It may be the only commentary with its own tropes page.
* TheOnion's AV Club website includes a running-feature called [[http://www.avclub.com/features/commentary-tracks-of-the-damned/ "Commentary Tracks of the Damned"]] reviewing DVD commentaries of flop movies. All make sure to point out "what went wrong" (in many movies, the guys are so happy talking over it appears nothing did) and "Inevitable dash of pretension" (since there's ''always'' a comparison or compliment too highbrow considering the product on screen).
* The DVD set of ''BrokenSaints'' features a commentary track for ''every single chapter''. Many of the tracks are with the core creative team: Brooke Burgess, Andrew West, and Ian Kirby. Some include other contributers to the series. ''All'' of them feature talkative writer-director Burgess, who spends much of the time telling in-depth stories about how the series came into being, explaining the plot and dialogue in ridiculous detail, making {{Shout Out}}s to his favorite movies, books, and TV shows, and encouraging you ''not'' to listen to his performance as Gabriel on the voice-over track.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' [=DVD=]s feature commentary which are, like the series, hilarious. Initially it featured some of the main crew commenting on unusual shots, remarks about specific jokes including a few that might of been hard to catch and a great deal of back and forth banter between those recording. Later on answering questions posted online was included during slow periods and comments on scenes or jokes that were cut. More commentators were added each season as well.
** One particular bit is on the Season 1 DVD in which a humorous story is told about Gus, the guy who voices Simmons, and a trip to Las Vegas which was referenced in the series itself.
* Several ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' cartoons, on both its website and [=DVD=]s, have in-character commentary.
** One notable one is when Strong Bad gets an e-mail saying "make a cartoon with just u in it, and u do the commentary." When the DVD email collection was released, the commentary on top of the email had a second layer of Strong Bad commentary talking about his previous commentary.
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses and WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment feature online commentaries for their videos. Doug and Rob Walker's commentaries for the Nostalgia Critic videos usually give their honest opinions, where they have a kinder word for some of the media they reviewed, even considering some of them GuiltyPleasures. The only instances where they reiterate the Nostalgia Critic's review are the ones for ''Film/TheGarbagePailKidsMovie'' and ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial''.
** WebVideo/{{Kickassia}} has got so many commentaries: [[http://spoonyexperiment.com/2010/05/22/kickassia-spoony-commentary/ one]] by [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]], [[http://badmoviebeatdown.blip.tv/file/3688218/ one]] by [[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain]], and [[http://www.phelous.com/node/350 a joint one]] featuring {{Phelous}}, Creator/BradJones and Benzaie (with a cameo by [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] in the last part) at least.
*** The DVD features even more. Doug and Rob have seperate ones that both start with warnings that everything the other says is a lie, then go on to include many of the same anecdotes and jokes, though they do strongly disagree on whether a certain scene needed music. Rob also goes into quite nauseating detail on the leg injury he suffered during the shoot. There's also one with Bargo and Mike Michaud with some neat tidbits about running the site on top of the film itself, though after an hour they completely run out of things to talk about and their comments become more and more random.
*** Now Linkara and Phelous have another commentary, bringing along Obscurus Lupa and Nash for the perspective of people who were just fans at the time. The result is half serious commentary, half jokes about how Lupa and Nash actually were there, and were just doing things off camera the whole time.
** SuburbanKnights has them too; while overall a much easier experience than ''Kickassia'', there's still plenty of discussion about how the weather refused to cooperate (and they were stupid enough to spend the one day when the weather was good filming indoor scenes) and some people were much more comfortable than others, depending on how warm their costume was and whether they were inside or outside.
*** Doug and Rob have them on the DVD again, making it clear that while it was an easier experience for the actors, it was a much harder one for them as they struggled to figure out how the project could possibly be completed given the huge weather problems, until they were ultimately forced to make the film far more of a pure comedy than Doug had intended. There's also one by line producers Holly and Iron Liz, which gets off to a rough start as they experience some technical difficulties, but soon settles into providing some more great information about the shoot.
* The ''MarbleHornets'' commentary is excellent for relieving the [[ParanoiaFuel paranoid insomnia]] the series is likely to induce, courtesy of revelations regarding silly obstructions to filming (Entry #7 took forever to film due to cat poop, Tim kept ruining shots by making silly faces...). It helps that they were kind of drunk for most of it.
* ImAMarvelAndImADC also has commentaries available for purchase, which mostly discusses how they came up with the plot lines and the methods for the filming and "acting."
* MrCoatAndFriends does a few.
* ''WebVideo/NinjaTheMissionForce'' has two commentaries--one by Ed Glaser and Meagan Rachelle talking more about the production itself, and one with Glaser and Creator/BradJones having essentially a three-hour discussion about bad movies and the series' homages to them.
* WebVideo/GameInformersReplay released an episode as an April Fools Day prank where they gave commentary about them giving commentary on a featured game. The video can be found [[http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2013/04/01/replay-replay.aspx here]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' features commentaries for some episodes by the co-creators or other members of the production crew. They often give extra information on the story or the creative process. Or just make farting noises for half the episode.
** Sometimes their commentary is hilariously inane. For example, from the commentary on ''The Western Air Temple'':
-->'''Mike:''' Hello once again, this is Mike [=DiMartino=], co-creator and executive producer of Avatar.
-->'''Bryan:''' And this is Bryan Konietzko, the other...guy.
-->'''Mike:''' Who does a lot of stuff...Like co-creation.
-->'''Bryan:''' I usually co-create between like, 9:30 AM and 9:41.
-->'''Mike:''' And then you're executive producer in the afternoon?
-->'''Bryan:''' I make executive products between like, 10:01 and 10:14.
-->'''Mike:''' Wow.
-->'''Bryan:''' What about you Mike?
-->'''Mike:''' I take the 2:00 to 3:30 shift on the executive production.
** There's also Avatar Extras, which gives small blurbs of random trivia about the various things in the show, including inspirations for scenes and scenery, background information for characters that didn't get much in the series, and the occasional snarking.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' continues the tradition of hilarious commentary. For example, they start off ''Skeletons in the Closet'' with voice manipulators: Mike, Bryan, and Jeremy Zuckerman (music composer for the show) have squeaky voices like they just sucked in helium, and Ben Wynn (sound designer) has a ridiculously deep voice. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny It's as hysterical as it sounds]].
* The commentary for episodes of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' are odd in that series creator and multiple character voice actor Seth [=MacFarlane=] uses his normal speaking voice for Brian, a talking dog, so he appears to be doing the commentary in-character. He also flat out ''refuses'' to do the voices of any of the characters he voices (Peter, Stewie, Quagmire etc) during said commentary. Usually with (hopefully tongue-in-cheek) threats of violence against whoever suggested it.
** Only if someone asks; if the fancy strikes him, he'll throw in a line or two in the voice of Peter and Stewie. Although he usually tells them to fuck off in character. Also Seth Green sounds nothing like Chris Griffin or Neil Goldman (his two main voices) so he has to be asked to drop into character. Mike Henry (Cleveland Brown, Herbert) does his voices without being asked.
** The commentaries featuring Danny Smith meanwhile tend to give an idea of just how insane the people who write the show are. The one for 'Indecent Proposal' in particular has the cast repeatedly accusing him of being extremely drunk while he claims to be 'high on life.'
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' also has loads of commentaries, and often help highlight how this show grew into a different show than ''Family Guy''.
** The early episode "Bullocks for Stan" spoofs the concept. Klaus narrates a conversation between Stan and Francine, and when asked he says he's pretending he's recording DVD commentary for his life. Near the end of the episode, Klaus' narration pops in at a couple of points where he's not involved, playing with the AnimatedActors aspect by mentioning the tragic death of one of their extras and complaining about how ExecutiveMeddling forced them to give Stan a {{Glurge}}-filled OutOfCharacterMoment to close out the episode.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' commentaries are well known for being raucous, free-ranging affairs with the various voice actors cracking jokes and telling funny stories about the show's production. They also often feature the voice actors doing imitations, and when a voice actor does imitations they're ''really'' good. The Season 5 DVD set features John Dimaggio and Billy West doing a recurring sketch as Tracy Morgan being interviewed by Jay Leno (Jon Dimaggio's Tracy Morgan impression is disturbingly good).
** Ones involving John Dimaggio (the voice of Bender) are particularly good, thanks to the actor's obvious huge enjoyment of the show shining through.
** The show's future was still in question for years, and in the commentary for "Anthology of Interest II", one of the guys asked "WhatIf [[HeartwarmingInHindsight we had a fifth season]]?"
** Some of the episodes have bonus commentary tracks focusing on a particular subject; "Jurassic Bark" has one with eight of the show's writers describing the writing process, and "A Farewell to Arms" and "Game of Tones" both have animator commentaries with a group of directors and animators discussing the production process.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' animator, producer, and creator Creator/MattGroening has probably recorded more audio commentaries than anyone else alive. He has made sure that '''EVERY SINGLE''' episode and movie that he has been involved in has a commentary track on the DVD, and he is personally on most of them.
** TalkShow host and former staff writer Creator/ConanOBrien is on the commentary track of a few of the episodes he wrote like "Marge vs. the Monorail" and "Bart Gets Famous," in which he guest-starred right after getting the gig hosting ''LateNight''.
*** At least one such appearance is in the form of an alternate EasterEgg commentary to an episode he wrote. This was in lieu of an appearance on the 'main' commentary.
** And of course, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' also has two commentaries. It also does something rare -- the movie actually stops at points so that the commentators don't talk over too much of the action.
** "The City Of New York vs. Homer Simpson" has two tracks, because the writer of the episode, Ian Maxtone-Graham, missed the first recording. As a treat, Dan Castellaneta joins in on track two. A number of season 3 & 4 episodes also have similar EasterEgg commentaries with showrunners Al Jean or Mike Reiss when one of them missed the main recording.
** Of particular note is "The Cartridge Family," where Mike Scully (then the show's head writer) calls up the notoriously reclusive John Swartzwelder (who has credit on this and 58 other episodes) who refuses to appear in the commentaries despite his massive contributions to the show. Matt Groening is stunned that they were actually able to trap him like this, and at the end of the call he denies that he's the real Swartzwelder.
** Most cast members have also joined in commentaries, with Yeardley Smith probably doing the most. Guest stars have also appeared, including Kelsey Grammer, Joe Mantegna, Jon Lovitz, Gary Marshall and StanLee.
** Also notable is "Another Simpsons Clip Show," where they're stuck with almost nothing to talk about, so they instead take viewers through the process of how an episode is created, from beginning to end. This ends with a CrowningMomentOfFunny when after the full elaboration of all the work done by a ton of people, David Mirkin notes that the very final step is when the fans declare it the worst episode ever.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' [=DVD=]s has had notorious luck with this: the season one set imfamously had it's full-length commentary tracks pulled prior days before the physical production of the sets were to begin, all because Paramount got pissed off at Trey and Matt for explaining their hatred for the film "Contact" and Robert Zemeckis. Season two lacked commentaries and by the time they returned for season three, Parker and Stone had gotten jaded on the concept of doing commentaries and opted to just do "mini-commentaries" that last for only a few minutes at start of each episode, that only briefly scratches the surface of each episode.
** Parker and Stone pissing off their corporate masters was lampshaded, in the special edition DVD of "Imaginationland", as far as them exploiting the fact that everything they say that Comedy Central might consider to cause liability will in effect be bleeped out, to great comedic effect.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' commentaries are notably surreal: the two creators are recorded at drastically different volumes and often talk about things that have nothing to do with the episode. This is remedied (the volume thing, at least) in the second season DVD, though. In both cases, though, many, ''many'' hints about the next season are dropped.
** They repeatedly spoiled the ending of Season 3, claiming that nobody listens to the DVD commentary before watching the entire season. They got a signed photo from a fan who did just that at a convention.
** On the season 4 DVD they claim there comentary for Hansom Ransom is the worst commentary ever because the episode stops working and they cant get it to play again.
* For the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents Fairly Odd Parents]]'' MadeForTVMovie ''Abra-Catastrophe'', the commentary is done by Cosmo and Wanda.
* The DVD commentary for ''InvaderZim'' features several members of the cast and production team, including JhonenVasquez himself, and even including musician Kevin Manthei on a few bonus commentaries that feature him and Jhonen exclusively. Their commentaries are riotously funny and as crazy as you'd expect from some of the people they feature.
** Some episodes have multiple commentary tracks (where one is with the music/storyboarding crew and the other is with the actors), but one episode has an alternate commentary track that is nothing but squealing pigs.
* One ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' DVD has a commentary track for an episode which isn't too odd. What ''is'' odd is the inclusion of the "[[LampshadeHanging potentially annoying]]" commentary track ''[[RefugeInAudacity about the original commentary track.]]''
** In the ''DrawnTogether'' movie, when the characters are trapped in a flooding room with no idea how to escape, Foxxy [[MediumAwareness turns on the DVD commentary]] and listens until the creators talk about how they wrote themselves out of this one.
* Toys R Us included a free bonus disc with their copies of the ''PhineasAndFerbChristmasVacation'' DVD. The bonus DVD features the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "The Chronicles of Meap" with two audio commentaries, one by the creators, and the other by the characters they voice, in which we learn that Major Monogram considers Meap to be terrifying) and Dr. Doofenshmirtz [[OverprotectiveDad does not approve]] of [[PrecociousCrush Ferb's crush on Vanessa]].
** The DVD release of ''PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension'' includes the series episode "Attack of the 50-Foot Sister" with this same treatment.
* ''Sealab 2021'''s DVD commentaries are particularly insane (much like the show), of note is that the commentary over several episodes has no bearing on the episode itself. The highlight of this is the commentary over two episodes merely being one of the writers reading a comic book he did for a 4th grade project.
* The ''RenAndStimpy'' commentaries are interesting, considering John K appears on commentaries for episodes that were done after he was fired.
-->'''[[LaughTrack Eddie Fitzgerald]]:''' I was just wondering how this cartoon would've been done if you were handling it...
-->'''John K:''' I would have put some jokes in it.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' has several great ones from the producers, detailing their intentions to make it more than what was considered possible for Saturday morning cartoons to be at the time. They're also perfectly willing to poke fun at their work the few times it deserves it, like the difficulties in animating the Batmobile driving on hills, or the MagicalSecurityCam in "Heart of Ice." While the commentaries are usually reserved for what are considered the best or most significant episodes in the series, there's a commentary for the much-derided episode "Critters".
* Creator/ShoutFactory's Amazon exclusive ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: [[http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0096W47NO Season One]]'' 4-DVD set [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/11/season-1-complete-dvd-review.html has]] audio commentaries on the episodes [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon "Friendship is Magic, part 1"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony "Friendship is Magic, part 2"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E11WinterWrapUp "Winter Wrap Up"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess "Suited For Success"]], [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers "The Show Stoppers"]], and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver "The Best Night Ever"]], including people like Hasbro executives Brian Lenard and Robert Fewkes, supervising directors Jayson Thiessen and James "Wootie" Wootton, art director Ridd Sorensen, composer Daniel Ingram, and voice cast members such as Creator/TabithaStGermain, Creator/AndreaLibman, Creator/CathyWeseluck, and Creator/NicoleOliver.
* DVD commentary for ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' would usually feature the how's creators, and at least one or two of the voice actors (save for Jon Lovitz himself who was working on a film at the time), and very often during the commentary, they would get caught up in the show and end up laughing at quite a few of their own gags.
* Commentary tracks for ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' are of course extremely short, and tend to break down into one of two types: A fairly serious track with the writer/writers and director talking about the plot; or a track featuring creator Pen Ward with actors Jeremy Shada, JohnDimaggio and TomKenny, which while nominally informative, is usually filled with the four joking with each other and riffing on [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs some of the show's insanity]].
* Perhaps the strangest ever recorded was for the 2003 CloneWars shorts by Genndy Tartakovsky, a rambling and timid affair clearly ad-libbed in the most disastrous manner possible. The results were so bad that a separate "Hyperspace Commentary" (which seems to translate to simply "Commentary that doesn't suck") was included on the DVD and there Genndy holds his own okay, but why the first track was included as well continues to mystify.
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* The BeastieBoys did this for all of their albums (save ''Licensed to Ill'' and their two newest albums) to celebrate their special-edition reissues throughout 2009.
* Kill Hannah did this for two albums ''Until There's Nothing Left Of Us'' and ''Wake Up The Sleepers'', making them available with pre-order. (The latter, in addition to specifying the many special guests of the album, originally told the listeners ''exactly'' what sort of drug binge the lead singer was on to inspire the album's first single. His exhortation never to do that particular drug is rather less effective now that the commentary's been censored.)
* Trifonic included a 30-minute commentary track for their debut album Emergence as a hidden track, when purchased as a download from their online store.
* The 25th anniversary special edition of ''The Wake'' by British prog rockers IQ includes a DVD with a video of the band sitting listening to the music and commenting on how the album was made. Since it's a video commentary about an audio track, this could be seen as a deconstruction of sorts.
** The 30th anniversary edition of ''Tales from the Lush Attic'' also includes a commentary, but this time it's presented as an audio mp3 with the music playing in the background.
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* The TheyMightBeGiants video collection features commentary by John Flansburgh and John Linnell on all of their videos (as well as the TinyToons ones for "Particle Man" and "Istanbul"), with the exception of "Snail Shell": in lieu of actual commentary, they recorded an entire new song, "Complete Paranoia", that very obliquely comments on some of the things happening in the video ("I hold out my hand like a claw / the German scientist guy turns around").
** The commentary for their documentary ''Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns'' is entertaining. The Johns are joined by the director (A.J. Schnack) and [[ThisAmericanLife Sarah Vowell]], who's interviewed in the movie. Schnack mostly sticks to talking about making the movie, Linnell mainly points out little oddities in the film, but Flansburgh and Vowell (usually in tandem) go off on all sorts of weird tangents that have no relation to the movie, and sometimes the others go along with them.
* The PetShopBoys' band commentary on the ''PopArt: The Videos'' compilation is pretty much like watching a Podcast/RiffTrax. They hold nothing back in the snarkery, and both of them go into hysterics at their most embarrassing dance numbers.
* FallOutBoy released their ''Believers Never Die -- Greatest Hits'' album with a DVD featuring all of their videos, with commentary. The general consensus places it in the mid-to-low quality range.
* An EasterEgg on the ''Music/WeirdAlYankovic Live'' DVD activated commentaries by Al for the two music videos included ("All About the Pentiums" and "The Saga Begins") -- they're more entertaining and informative than some full-length tracks.
* ''The Directors Series'' [=DVDs=] were compilations of the work of notable music video directors; the Spike Jonze and Anton Corbjin discs included musician commentaries, and the Mark Romanek disc included director commentaries for all 26 clips and musician commentaries on certain videos.
* ''{{Music/Oasis}}: Time Flies 1994-2009'' has Noel Gallagher doing a commentary on the band's music videos. He watches some of them for the first time and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfNqyjZcleI he's definitely not impressed.]]
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