I love movies. If I find one I like, I go see it over and over again in the theater and then immediately buy it on DVD when it comes out. I also have an obsession where I can’t just buy the DVD, I have to buy the “Special Edition” that comes with extra discs containing goodness knows what. It doesn’t even matter if it is just an impulse buy of a movie I kind of like, I have to get the fanciest version.
The reason I have to do this is because I love watching the extra features of movies (sometimes even more than the actual film). I love behind-the-scenes documentaries and especially commentaries. But the best part of any DVD is by far the blooper reel. A good blooper reel can tell you more about what it is like to be on a movie set than any other part of the DVD. What are the actors like when they mess up? Can they laugh at themselves? How do they act around their co-stars? These are all things that can be learned from a great blooper reel.
One of the things I don’t like in blooper reels is endless takes of actors deliberately flubbing lines to make everyone laugh…..that just isn’t amusing to me. I like to see people falling down, props malfunctioning, and people laughing at the chaos of making a film.
Two of my favorite blooper reels come from the Narnia movies. I love that they include the actors and the crew. It also seems like everyone is having a really good time working on the movies.
Here, for your viewing pleasure, are the blooper reels from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian.
I think I like the Prince Caspian one better because so many people fall over…..I’m not sure what it is about people falling over, but I just can’t seem to stop giggling when it happens!