Wow what an amazing commentary! I enjoyed every second of it. It was fun and the writers were so upbeat and told you so much info on the filming of the episode. They were positive about the whole experience where other commentarys over all the dvds sets sometimes were not. All commentarys should be like this.
Interesting about the BMW wasn't it? Now when I watch the episode after hearing them talk about the car used for the crash up scenes....all I notice are the dents and wrong parts they pointed out in the commentary.
I listened to this commentary again last night and I think I enjoyed even more than the first time. I was interested in their discussion of the filming schedule in light of Cybill's pregnancy; that is, that the first episode of Season 4 was shot right after To Heiress Human. Then Bruce went off to do Die Hard while Cybill did all the Chicago scenes. There was about a 3 week break and then Bruce was back on set to begin filming his parts. I also liked their discussion of Gerry Finnerman's lighting techniques and Bruce's acting style (method), especially the part in the office right before the claymation scene. Great, great stuff.
Post by honeyblondenoggin on Oct 19, 2007 8:37:27 GMT -5
I never watched the commentary on this episode until now. Honestly, I remember not liking this episode so when I got the DVDs, I might have quickly skimmed it. But because of the conversations going on here, I gave it a second look.
I think I never wanted to watch this episode because I was taken back to my pre-teen sorrow of Maddie and David being apart. And the beginning of the Bert and Dave stuff (which I never liked because it meant that M&D weren't together). But watching this episode fully, with the commentary, really brought this episode to life for me. It's really good. And I love the commentary regarding how it was shot, the comments referring to all the tight shots, not even showing the audience the backgrounds, etc., because they just all assumed that the audience totally knew the set-up. And I love the lighting discussions, too. And lastly, it was a much more upbeat commentary than many of the others. Not in a revisionist-history sort of way, but in more of a "they saw life in a glass half-full" sort of way.
I'm so glad ML got put out on DVD 20 years later (with the awesome commentary!). Because when I watched the show in its first run, everything was SO lost on me. Of course I was maybe, at the oldest, 13 years old! Now (GASP!) I am the same age as Maddie was then, and I get a whole lot more. Not to mention that I really appreciate the insight offered by the commentary.