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This DVD was released November 3, Written by I noticed that Amazon is listing 2 discs in this release. Meet the Izzards · Movies. "across 10, generations" in 2x60 series Meet The Izzards. Made by Western Front Films, it is expected to air on BBC One in early Gear will be among the first UltraViolet-enabled DVD and Blu-Ray titles in the UK. His eight live DVDs have shifted in their millions. In film, he has traded lines with Tom Cruise in Valkyrie and appeared alongside George Clooney and . Eddie with the Bakola Pygmies in Cameroon for Meet The Izzards.
Sorry, "heavy" or "sculpted"? Is he wearing men's clothes or women's, are they nice or scruffy?
He comes in for the kind of pretend-neutral, old-fashioned, nostrils-flared appraisal that women get and men almost never do. It's almost as if being a transvestite has unleashed the forces of sexism against him. I met him at the offices of his production company, in London, where he's promoting the DVD release of Believe, a film about the story of his life. He looks great, by the way, but let's leave it at that. People are rarely the same in person as they are on stage; and sure, Izzard is grumpier and less performative, but the quality that made him famous is innate and not, I don't think, something that he can turn on and off.
He can pretty much say anything. He does an impression of a German person using English slang which is so funny I can't hear his words on the tape under my honking laugh. I spend ages trying to decipher what he said, thinking it must be the most uproarious thing. And I get there in the end: In an interview just after he came out as a transvestite, a student newspaper asked him: Just me and the pigeon, going 'go on!
Get out of my hole! He doesn't see it like this at all. Whenever he describes any aspect of his career or personality — his doggedness, his wilderness years doing street theatre and that is a proper wilderness; we're not talking bit parts in Holby Cityrunning 43 marathons in 51 days, the switch to acting, the gigs in French — he comes back to this: You weren't there at the beginning, when people would say 'is he going to turn up wearing a dress?
It doesn't mean it was. Because it was hard, and is the touchstone to which Izzard returns whenever he wants to describe anything else that is a particular challenge, it is not a bad way to carbon-date his life. He realised he was a transvestite when he was four. His mother died when he was six. He decided to be an actor when he was seven. He went to Sheffield University at 18, where he did accounting and financial management, he tells me, quite proudly. Still, he'd have to do so much more to dent his likability than twist the reality of who dumped whom, between him and his university.
He stayed at Sheffield, anyway, to direct student drama and take shows to the Edinburgh festival: Believe has some beautiful stuff on him as a student, a lot of which is frankly sweet. Nevertheless, there is something arrogant and hard in his eyes as a year-old, which has totally gone even by the time he's Obviously I don't know why this is, whether it's because he decided when he was 23 to tell his father, and slowly, the rest of the world, he was a transvestite, and from that point on knew more about being judged than judging; or maybe it was the softening grind of his vocation, the plugging away, trying to forge a career from swordfighting in Covent Garden plaza and being a crap unicyclist.
He gets nicer and nicer through the documentary, until by the end, his niceness reduces you to tears when he did his marathons last year, the niceness was almost too much to bear — not raising money for charity. Any celebrity can do that. It was the sight of someone so human, so vulnerable and distressed, doing something so physically incredible; there's no way, as a viewer, you can distance yourself.
When Central Park Media rereleased Project Ako on DVD, they went an extra step and included a full-length commentary from the movie's director with subtitles, to boot — allowing one to watch the film AND read the commentary at the same time, which was actually pretty neat. The first two of these feature the show's head writers, Norman Grossfeld and Michael Haigney.
The one for the fourth movie features Grossfeld and Haigney with most of the main cast. Since the episodes are five minutes long, there were varied result of off-topicness. Eric Vale and Jerry Jewell somehow got on the topic of strippers, crack, and cheeseburgers.
Mushroom Samba deserves special mention, as the claim that Ed was at least partially inspired by composer Yoko Kanno starts to become a lot more believable. This time, the commentary cast is three times bigger than before: A Moment of Awesome when all 21 members are gathered together to comment the final battle. The commentary for episode a filler episode actually has a joke storyline following ADR director Joel McDonald interviewing the cast and crew in bizarre circumstances such as robbing a bank, living in a homeless shelter and even persuading Mike McFarland not to jump off a building because of how much work the show is.
The commentary actually manages to throw some genuine fan-submitted questions too. Subverted with Osomatsu-sanwhere one week after the Losermatsu Special, the episode was replayed with the seiyuu's commentary over the episode, first half the older brothers, second half the younger brothers. It was later put on video release as episode The New Adventures of Dark Soichirojoined a dramatic reading of the story, and during the reading sessions, he provides information on the story at times, explaining some of the things that inspired certain scenes, among other details.
Film-Animated The original DVD release of Fantasia included a commentary by Walt Disney himself, compiled from archival interviews and in some cases, someone else reading a transcript. Donald Duck also appears during the commentary for his segment, "Pomp and Circumstance", but his input is less than helpful. The director's commentary for Meet the Robinsons is occasionally interrupted by Bowler Hat Guy also voiced by the director trying to tell the "real" story behind the movie. Bambi had re-enactments of the story meetings between Disney and his story men.
The movie itself played in a window on the corner, while the rest of the screen showed preliminary artwork. Lady and the Tramp also had a commentary made from re-enactments of story meetings, but viewers need Second Screen to see the extra pictures.
Kung Fu Panda 's commentary is easily one of the best for an animated film with the content being a fascinating discussion about the story development as well as expanding on the themes and symbology of the film. It's at the mid-point; interesting, but a lot of info was already mentioned elsewhere. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has one of these featuring Bill Hader and the two directors.
And it is hilarious.
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Finding Nemo stops at certain during the commentary and shows some behind-the-scenes clips to illustrate how a particular scene was made. Unfortunately most of the transitions are not very smooth. Pixarin fact, is famous for doing exceptionally good, well-written, and well-planned commentaries that never sound like the commentators are just talking randomly! Brad Bird and John Walker's track for The Incredibles was recorded before the film was released, so they awkwardly note at one point that they like the film, but have no idea how it will be received.
It was also the day after legendary Disney animator Frank Thomas passed away, and Bird gives a brief and touching eulogy for him at his and Ollie Johnston's cameo. Don't give them any ideas! Inside Out 's commentary, which is done by the director Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen, is pretty informative on a lot of the aspects of the film that you wouldn't necessarily catch the first time around, but one of the most interesting things that happens is at one point Pete Docter calls up Bill Hader and puts him on speakerphone where you are treated to a story where he once visited Pixar as well as his own account on the making of the film.
The Incredibles features a fauxs "Mr. Incredible" cartoon, commented upon by Mr. The Lion King has the producer and co-directors taking on the commentary. They talk over each other at some points, but still manage to be informative and funny. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Fantasia intercut commentary from animation historian John Canemaker with old audio interviews with Walt Disney regarding the respective films.
The commentary is performed by the two moose, Rutt and Tuke Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, fully in character as they watch the entire movie themselves, presumably in the comfort of their own "home": This becomes one of the best jokes of the commentary, when half an hour later, the pizza guy shows up and the two of them completely panic at someone at the door; once they calm down, the pizza guy begins watching the movie with them for a few seconds before they tell him to leave.
It is entirely worth watching the entire movie a second time just to listen to these two. Lunt, who spend several minutes talking about Mr. Lunt's disturbing theory to origin of hush puppies.
The Three Musketeers has a bonus feature in which Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Pete do commentary over the scene of Pete blasting the trio for screwing up on the job.
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Their comments get accompanied by such visual aid as concept art, pictures of people involved with either the books or the movies, and live-action reference footage. Some Disney or Pixar Blu-Ray Discs have a feature called "Cine-Explore", which accompanies an audio commentary with behind-the-scenes pictures and videos playing over the movie. The commentary for The LEGO Movie notably has one part where the cast and directors decide to call Elizabeth Bankswho couldn't join in on the commentary, and put her on speakerphone and basically describe what's happening in the movie at that moment to her, while she's eating lunch at Subway.
The first My Little Pony: The Jungle Book has Bruce Reitherman, who voiced Mowgli and is the son of the film's late director, Andreas Deja, a Disney animator who is an Ascended Fanboy of the movie, and composer Richard Sherman, who somehow has a piano with him to play how the early versions of the songs went.
Archival footage also allows deceased people from production to talk a bit. Director Tom Shadyac recorded a solo commentary track for Liar Liar. He's pretty serious, but he also tells a really nice story about taking Justin Cooper, who played Max, to meet Jim Carrey at Carrey's house. Apparently, Jim and Justin got along really well. The Saw DVDs often come with commentary from directors, actors, writers, and producers.
These are hilarious, and YMMV about when they start become more entertaining than the actual films. Cameron is busy discussing behind-the-scenes work, while the actors are goofing off and having a great time with each other. It continues all the way over the end credits.
The commentary for AVP: Predator with Paul W. AndersonSanaa Lathan, and Lance Henriksen is more entertaining than the film itself. The Legend of Ron Burgundy features a surreal but hilarious fake commentary, where Will Ferrell talks about hookers and gets drunk with the director.
Then, two actors who didn't get cast in the movie show up, and attack Ferrell. Then, after that, Lou Rawls, of all people, shows up! As one of his character's puts it when you launch it, 'if you're watching this, you have too much time on your hands!
Cheaper by the Dozen has several commentaries, by the older actors and creators, and then another with several of the child actors. This second commentary is absolutely hilarious, the kids going wildly off subject and clearly having a lot of fun. Ridley Scott is well noted for his commentaries. Bowling for Columbine features commentary recorded by Michael Moore 's interns and secretary.
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Bound features The Wachowskis along with the woman they consulted for the portrayal of lesbianism. Jennifer Tilly also shows up in the last 20 minutes. The track is notable for being the last time the Wachowskis did anything related to promotion for one of their films.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension The audio commentary takes the rather surreal tactic of claiming that what we're viewing is an adaptation of actual events.
The commentators include the "real person" on which one of the secondary characters was supposedly based, and they go so far as to constantly explain how the events depicted differ from "what really happened" and make comparisons between Peter Weller's portrayal and the "real" Buckaroo. At least this is equally odd as the movie.
The DVD also contains a subtitle track that provides additional commentary with the same conceit. The subtitle comments are consistent with the audio commentary, but its author seems to be privy to additional details not known to the audio commentators. The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie parodies the unappreciated status of commentary tracks by having the characters turn on the commentary in order to learn what they need to do to solve the problem they faced at that point.
Several of them comment such things as "who cares about this crap? The Musical features one of the earliest "drunken commentaries. At the end, the commentators decide to go to a titty bar, and the last comment heard is one challenging the other to a fight. Specifically, they begin the commentary sober, but openly declare at that point that they will be drinking during it and you can even hear the alcohol being opened and served.
In case you thought they were faking it though, there's an entire segment where the commentary cuts out Orgazmoalso by Trey Parker and featuring Matt Stone, continues the tradition of drunken commentary. A point of interest about The Goonies commentary track: He walked on stage with the five surviving Pythons and he was summarily escorted off by Eric Idle and Michael Palin as he attempted to participate in a discussion about how the group got together.
Izzard and Victoria Hamilton then repeated their lead roles when the show was brought to Broadway inwith the Roundabout Theatre Company production. Other roles have included Mr. He said in that he would not be reprising his role as Reepicheep and the role was ultimately played by Simon Pegg in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
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He has stated he felt he learnt to act whilst working on the film Circus . Hatteras, a sceptical psychology professor, in the Showtime series United States of Tara  and appeared in six episodes of the —15 American psychological thriller — horror television series Hannibal as Dr.
As he put it in a interview with The Guardian"It's the oral tradition. Human beings have been doing it for thousands of years". He is especially well known as a pro- European Union campaigner, supporting the further integration of the UK into the EU. In Mayhe appeared on the BBC's political debate show Question Timedescribing himself as a "British-European", comparing this with other cultural identities such as " African-American ".
As part of his integration campaigning, he was one of the first people to spend a Euro in London. This pan-European approach has influenced his work; he regularly performs in French   and occasionally in German.