What are your favorite DVDs? Much more inside.
1) I'm one of thoese people who watches all the extras and listens to the commentaries of every disc I buy or rent (even if I don't like the movie) because there is often much to learn (even if I don't like the movie).
I'm curious what discs the film freaks on MeFi would recommend specifically (though I supposed not *just*) for the commentaries/extras.
2) In addition, I've been working my way through the Criterion Collection
and have been very impressed by the films they've released that I had never seen before or (in some cases) even heard of--particularly, Salvatore Giuliano
, 3 Women
, Ballad of a Soldier
, Under the Roofs of Paris
, I Fidanzati
, and the fantastic Le Trou
Though eventually I hope to see all the Criterions, I have bought a number blindly that have less than impressed me (Umberto D., Le Cercle Rouge, Trouble in Paradise) which has made me weary of buying ones I've never seen/heard of. Which of their lesser-known releases would you recommend are worth a watch?
3) What are your fave releases of films/shorts/whatever that would not necessarily be known because they didn't get theatricals or are straight to DVD or docus from TV or whatever? I'm thinking of the things that labels like Blue Underground, Plexi, Shout!, and other boutique labels put out.
Note: I'm region-free so feel free to recommend from anywhere.