Some DVD commentaries are played in character
BLOOD SIMPLE Critic ”Kenneth Loring” surveys the Coen brothers’ noirish debut, taking shots at its craftsmanship and digressing to deleted subplots about Bulgaria. A character invented by the Coens, Loring is actually Christopher Guest regular Jim Piddock, riffing off the brothers’ script: ”What an irony that this film should be both about the tragedy of pointless waste and a perfect instance of it.”
THIS IS SPINAL TAP: SPECIAL EDITION Speaking of Guest, he and bandmates Michael McKean and Harry Shearer reunite, weaving spindles of Cockney fibs with delicious non sequiturs: ”What sort of conditioner are we using in this period?”
FREAKS AND GEEKS: THE COMPLETE SERIES By the end of episode 104, boneheaded health teacher Mr. Fredricks (Tom Wilson), acerbic algebraist Mr. Kowchevski (Steve Bannos), and sunny guidance counselor Mr. Rosso (Dave Allen) turn confessional. ”You say you love me,” booms Fredricks — you can almost hear him grabbing Rosso’s collar, and then pointing at Kowchevski — ”Now he thinks I want to go with you to Hawaii!”
BUBBA HO-TEP: COLLECTOR’S EDITION Bruce Campbell has proven a commentary auteur with his Evil Dead tracks, but limits himself here as ”the real” Elvis Presley. Still, there are some lines that stick before the routine gets stale: ”These modern pitchures,” drawls Campbell in full-on hound-dog mode, ”it’s all about grabbin’ your private parts.”
MUPPETS FROM SPACE Rizzo and Gonzo’s commentary begins with great reflections on living in the Muppet house — ”I hate going to the bathroom right after Animal” — but their one-liners soon turn corny, begging the question: Where are expert hecklers Statler and Waldorf?