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Where to find the individual episode commentary?

POSTED BY: TOHOYA
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 19, 2005 02:48
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Tuesday, July 12, 2005 5:50 AM

TOHOYA


I notice people referencing the episode commentary, but I can't find them at all in my DVDs. There's no selection for commentary within the episode, and no selection for commentary that I can see in the special features on disk 4. So where is it?


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Tuesday, July 12, 2005 6:22 AM

GUNRUNNER


Look in the Audio Options on the screen before the episode starts.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2005 6:26 AM

RIVERGIRL


when you select the episode ~ look under languages
you can play regular English, subtitles, commentaries even FRENCH



Also, I can kill you with my brain.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2005 6:36 AM

SHINY


Look on the language setup/selection screen.

Jayne, your mouth is talkin. Might want to look into that.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2005 7:28 AM

RABIT


Yes, I have to admit that this was - in my opinion - the worst way to allow access to the commentaries. I'm big on usability in user-machine interfaces, and this one is... not.

Rabit

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Monday, July 18, 2005 2:15 PM

YT

the movie is not the Series. Only the facts have been changed, to irritate the innocent; the names of the actors and characters remain the same


Quote:

Originally posted by Rabit:
this was - in my opinion - the worst way to allow access to the commentaries


If you mean that language selection should be @disc level, that sounds good to me but, perhaps not having a commentary for every ep made that problematical. However, if you feel that commentary should not be in the language stack, I disagree.

This may not be intuitively obvious (I've forgotten), but it is common. By stacking the commentaries with languages, one can switch in & out of commentary using the Audio button, @any time during an episode (eg @the beginning). Just click the Audio button, & stop when the screen shows 4: English. If it goes straight from 3: French to 1: English, there is no commentary for the ep you're watching.

I do not wish to imply that I think the controls for these DVDs are good. The absence of Play All means that, to play four eps on one disc in disc order, I have to take five unnecessary steps, three times (fifty unnecessary steps to watch the whole series):
1. Change selection from Play to Home
2. Click
(On my DVD player, I can also switch the controller from Jukebox to DVD, & push Menu -- still two steps)
3. Change selection to next ep
4. Click
5. Click on Play
That's roughly as dumb as a box of FOX.

But I prefer commentaries to be in the language stack. I also like being able to chapter forward through both warnings, the 20th Century Fox screen, & the Firefly DVD common screen, to quickly get to the disc menu. Winsome, etc. YMMV

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Monday, July 18, 2005 4:28 PM

SHINYSEVEN


Yeah, well, as a general rule DVD disks should list the name of the [bleep] episodes on that [bleep] disc (I've been watching "Deadwood," can you tell?) and indicate--a high-tech asterisk would do fine--which ones have commentary.

However, gotta say that the Buffy and Angel disks are even WORSE than the Firefly. At least the Firefly disks say on the back of the sleeve which ones have commentary. It's still beyond me which episodes of my BtVS 3&6 and AtS 5 have commentary and which don't.

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Monday, July 18, 2005 7:33 PM

AUROTER


Maybe the DVD's were designed by FOX :b

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Monday, July 18, 2005 10:39 PM

LIZANNE


Is there a place to find transcripts of the commentaries?

I cannot stand watching an episode with talking over it, be it my friends in the room or BDH from the tv. I generally miss out on commentaries but I am interested in what they have to say. Anywhere I can find them in written form?

Liz
Nathan sat next to me?

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005 1:28 AM

RABIT


There is a difference between having the commentaries as one of the audio tracks (this is always the case, as far as I know), and having a good user interface to access turning on the commentaries from the menus. The user interface does not have to emulate the internal design - in fact, it shouldn't. If it does, then the developer has imposed his restrictions on the user, which is - in my opinion - wrong.

But that's just me - to much time as a system analyst arguing with developers as to why their killing my users, and too much time as a developer arguing with other developers as to why their making us look bad...

Rabit

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005 2:48 AM

FLYINGTAMS


Quote:

Originally posted by Lizanne:
Is there a place to find transcripts of the commentaries?

I cannot stand watching an episode with talking over it, be it my friends in the room or BDH from the tv.



Its soo great :)

Don't watch it, listen to it - pretend its a podcast or something and play with the computer while you listen :)

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