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.