Re: Chase speaks after long silence

For me, i think i'm looking forward to the stuff that ended up on the cutting room floor. Even though i still find something new after repeated viewings of each episode, something fresh is going to be appreciated. Plus, the soundtrack will be worth the cost of admission as well. regardless, if somewone doesn't beat me to it, i'll pass along what's in the package.

Something new in the NY POST today. I think this is the 1st time i've seen Chases' comment about never showing a womens demise.

Comments: 0Read Comments Leave a Comment By LOU LUMENICK
In addition to every episode, "The Complete Series” offers David Chase discussing the show’s final scene (below.)
Posted: 2:46 am
November 9, 2008

Handsomely packaged in a linen-backed, wedding-style album that weighs in at 10 pounds, "The Sopranos: The Complete Series" may be an offer you can't refuse - even at a retail price of $400 (discounted to $260 at some retailers).

In addition to all 86 hours of the pop masterpiece about a New Jersey crime family that's arguably better than every feature film released over the past decade, this limited collectors' edition, out Tuesday, is loaded with hours of extras not seen in the hugely popular previous DVD iterations of "The Sopranos."

The album includes three previously released CDs of music from the series, a 16-page episode guide and a smattering of "lost" outtakes from all 6½ seasons, which stretched over eight years.

There are also two dinner conversations with cast members (not including James Gandolfini), writers and producers, presided over by "Sopranos" creator David Chase. Edie Falco reveals that when it came to shoot the final scene - with Tony and the family at Holsten's diner - she forgot to wear Carmela's wedding ring for the first and only time. Nobody on the set noticed it; nor, much to the relief of Falco and the filmmakers, did any of the bloggers who analyzed every detail of the episode.

Much discussion is devoted to the foreboding-filled final scene, which suddenly and controversially fades to black at the end. "It fits the pattern of the show, which was unpredictable," says one of the directors, Allen Coulter. "It was the only possible ending you couldn't predict."

At one point, Chase, commenting on the ending for the first time, seems to hint that indeed, the Sopranos did get whacked at the diner. "A lot of people weren't going to be happy unless Tony's brains were splattered on the table," he says. "But did we really want to see that?"

On the other hand, Chase isn't flatly ruling out the much-rumored "Sopranos" feature film. "If somebody has a great idea for a 'Sopranos' movie and everybody want to do it, we'd do it," he says.

Chase also goes one-on-one for two interviews with fan Alec Baldwin, who unsuccessfully lobbied for a role on the series. Chase discusses the series' genesis - a feature film script that he once pitched, without luck, as a series to Fox.

He talks about how he signed a seriously ill Nancy Marchand to play Tony's horrible mother Lidia (inspired by Chase's own mom), who at one point orders a hit on her own son. The original plan, Chase says, was for Tony to whack Lidia himself. But he changed his mind and plotted a reconciliation - which didn't happen because Marchand passed away in real life.

Nathan Lane was considered to play Tony at one point. Lorraine Bracco was originally offered the role of Carmela. Bracco felt she had played a similar part in "Goodfellas" - she was one of 16 performers from that movie who turned up on "The Sopranos" - and felt the role of Tony's perpetually conflicted shrink, Dr. Melfi, was more challenging.

Another eye-opening extra is an hourlong panel discussion filmed at the Museum of Broadcasting near the series' conclusion in 2007. This gathered Vincent Pastore, Steve Buscemi, Drea de Matteo, David Proval and Annabella Sciorra - all of whose characters were whacked.

Chase admits that while the guys often met gory deaths on screen, with rare exceptions he just couldn't bring himself to directly depict a woman's demise on "The Sopranos."

Re: Chase speaks after long silence

He talks about how he signed a seriously ill Nancy Marchand to play Tony's horrible mother Lidia (inspired by Chase's own mom), who at one point orders a hit on her own son. The original plan, Chase says, was for Tony to whack Lidia himself.

Lidia? Oh Jesus, what a serious fauxpas. Someone should whack the keyboard of the writer of that article.. two times.

What was he thinking about?

Re: Chase speaks after long silence

Sorry to keep dropping these Sopranos news stopries on you but they all contain a bit more then i knew before. For instance, the one below breaks the amount of time spent with each bonus feature. You'll see theres only 17:16 of deleted stuff. i was hoping for more. at any rate, it's another good review to help justify the cost.

TV Guidance - Written by Jaime Weinman on Monday, November 10, 2008 17:07 - 0 Comments
The Whacky World of THE SOPRANOS
Tags: DVD, Review, Sopranos
‘Tis the season for bulky, pricey complete series box sets, and the bulkiest and priciest of them all is The Sopranos: The Complete Series, available starting tomorrow. The set consists of all the previously-released DVDs of the show, plus the soundtrack CDs (featuring music used in the series), and two newly-produced DVDs of bonus material. The show itself is a known quantity, as are the previous season sets. If you don’t have The Sopranos on DVD yet, buying this set is cheaper than buying all seven DVD sets individually (and only a little more expensive than buying used copies of all seven of them). If you have no Sopranos in your collection, it makes sense to save up for the complete set — though I have the sinking feeling that Time-Warner might try to spring a Blu-Ray version on us sometime down the road, forcing us to buy it all over again. (It depends on whether you think that Blu-Ray will supplant DVD or whether you think it won’t. I’m with the nay-sayers, myself, and so I’m not afraid to buy standard DVDs. Perhaps I should be, though.) So the question is, are the new bonus features worth the price of this set if you already have some or all of the season sets?

I think they might be, but only because most of the earlier sets kind of skimped on bonus features — apart from commentaries and a few other extras here and there, there wasn’t that much. The bonus discs in this set really just provide some of the things that should have been on the earlier sets, like deleted scenes and the Museum of Television and Radio “Whacked Sopranos” panel about characters who were killed off (it appeared before the end of the show’s run, but was not included on the final season set). One thing in favour of these discs is that both of them contain a fair amount of material, unlike some “bonus” discs that try to fob you off with under an hour of features. The features included, and their timings, are as follows:

Bonus Disc 1

“Supper With The Sopranos,” part 1 - David Chase, Allen Coulter, Terence Winter, Aida Turturro, Dominic Chianese and Robert Iler (36 minutes and 50 seconds)

“Supper With The Sopranos,” part 2 - David Chase, Alan Taylor, Matthew Weiner, Ilene Landress, Edie Falco, Stevie Van Zandt (38:02)

Deleted Scenes from all six seasons (17:16)

Bonus Disc 2

MTR Panel: “The Whacked Sopranos” (1:09:28)

David Chase interviewed by Alec Baldwin (43:15)

Parodies of The Sopranos from The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live and Mad TV (8:09)

As you can see, James Gandolfini is a no-show in these new special features, which reduces their value somewhat; sure, it’s David Chase’s show, but if you’re going to spend a lot of money for bonus features, you want to hear from the star. The two “supper” segments are entertaining features in a format that DVD producers seem to love when it comes to arty TV shows — the Twin Peaks set has a similar thing with David Lynch and cast meeting for dinner — but it creates a relaxed mood, and is probably a more enjoyable way for the cast and crew to talk about the show than one of those talking-head documentary things. The insights aren’t anything astonishing (apparently people were really mad about the ending; David Chase is surprised that there was so much anger about it; Terence Winter points out, rightly, that we wouldn’t have liked it if we’d seen Tony’s brains blown out either), but it’s worthwhile. As is Baldwin’s long interview with Chase, though Baldwin is overly inclined to a) suck up and b) talk about himself and his own career instead of asking about the damn show.

The impression I always get from Chase — which is confirmed in this interview and every other place where he mentions that The Sopranos started out as a movie idea — is that he never really thought this show would have a long run, and had to keep rejiggering the show to keep it going, to get six seasons out of what was essentially one-season idea. As he tells Baldwin, sometimes the seams showed. I think that’s part of the appeal of The Sopranos, like The Wire, that because it didn’t have a particularly sustainable premise, it had to keep re-inventing itself. Some seasons, some episodes had problems because the writers were trying to figure out where to take the show next, but the end result is a show where many different kinds of episodes and stories were done, whereas most shows (including good ones) make the same episode over and over in different forms.

The deleted scenes are, well, deleted scenes. You get to hear Tony call Rudy Giuliani a “cocksucker motherfuck,” and so on.

My final feeling is that this is a good set of special features, not great, probably not enough to demand that you invest in the set if you already have the complete series. What Time Warner should do — what any company owes the fans of a show when it releases a package like this — is make the bonus features discs available for sale, separately, so that people who have already bought the other seasons don’t have to buy them all over again. Doesn’t that seem fair?
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