Friday, March 22, 2013

Three Things Missing From the Les Misérables Blu-Ray Combo Pack

Special Features = More Eddie Redmayne!
Today, the Blu-ray combo pack of Les Misérables was released, which includes a Blu-ray, a DVD, a digital copy, and tons of special features. There are featurettes on the cast singing live, how the battle at the barricade scene was shot, a look at Victor Hugo's novel, and more, as well as feature commentary from director Tom Hooper. There is some fun trivia to be learned. Did you know Hugh Jackman did his one-man show Back on Broadway in part to train for the singing he'd have to do in the film? But I have a few suggestions for special features that would have made the combo pack even better. Maybe on the 10th anniversary edition.

1) Karaoke version: Now I know you can just turn on closed captioning and do it yourself, but it was a missed opportunity to not include a sing-along version. Most Les Misérables fans know the score by heart, obviously, but the cut and changed lyrics (Tom Hooper explains some of these changes on the commentary) can trip us up.

2) Actors' commentary: There is audio commentary from director Tom Hooper, but it would be nice to have another track with the actors. Or at least the boys on the barricade. One of my favorite special features on any DVD is the kids' commentary on The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Don't tell me you wouldn't want to hear commentary from the adorable Daniel Huttlestone, who plays Gavroche.

3) Blooper real: I mean, come on.

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