DVD commentaries have become a lost medium. When Digital Versatile Discs started to wrestle away the home-video market from the dreaded VHS, they were really the biggest selling point (besides, you know, the movie actually looking good, not having to worry about the tape getting tangled, and, of course, scene selections). But after you sat through a handful of these commentaries, with the director rattling on about how great whoever-the-hell was to work with, and the actors playing "hey, remember when we did that?" it all became repetitious. For the most part — David Fincher commentaries being one of the few exceptions — if you'd heard one commentary, you'd heard them all.

But as with everything in life, as soon as you begin to dismiss and discount something, it rears its head back in ways you couldn't predict. Enter: the commentary Arnold Schwarzenegger recorded for Total Recall. It is a thing of beauty.

As the highlights below show, Arnold doesn't so much talk about what was going on during the shoot, as much as talk about specifically what is literally currently happening in the movie he's watching. Pop in a different movie, say a Fletch or a Boogie Nights, and you'd be getting about as much insight into the movie-making process. I know this explanation is a little unwieldy, but trust me, you're going to want to hit the Play button on the clip below. 

Maybe now is once again a good time to remind everyone: This guy was Governor of the largest state in the nation.

Commentarium (9 Comments)

Nov 21 11 - 3:13pm

Now to write a top 5 or so of the best DVD commentaries.

Nov 21 11 - 3:14pm
Alex Heigl

"And here's the great fight scene with Sharon and me. Ow. That hurt." Also worth noting that his commentary with John Milius for Conan the Barbarian is priceless as well.

Nov 21 11 - 3:55pm

Seems like the editing didn't do Arnold any favors.

Nov 21 11 - 5:03pm
mr. man

if i were blind then this commentary would be totally helpful.

Nov 21 11 - 5:31pm

And here I always though Werner Herzog did the best commentaries to his own films. Ladies and Germs we have a tie.

Nov 21 11 - 9:35pm

2nd largest state in the continental nation

Nov 21 11 - 9:53pm

L.O.fuckin'L. I saw this the other day and stopped listening after a minute because I thought it was a spoof.

Nov 21 11 - 11:56pm

Holy shit. This is kind of amazing.

I'm firm in my belief that everything sounds 100xs funnier with an Arnold accent (so basically, the Nords in Skyrim make me want to die).

Nov 27 11 - 1:11pm

When I'm trolling Nerve, my face looks like the picture above.