Since the first DVD version of The Nativity Story has no bonus features to speak of, and since we will have to wait several months for the two-disc version, I got together with one of my priests a few nights ago to record an audio commentary of our own.
You can download all 96.4 megabytes of it by right-clicking here.
I have wanted to record a commentary for a long, long time, and I am still working out some of the kinks; call this the Beta stage.
For one thing, the mp3 and the DVD probably won’t stay in sync, so you may have to pause one or the other every now and then to sync them up again; I am toying with the possibility of dubbing in a ping! sound every 10 or 15 minutes, to help you re-align the mp3 with the timer on your DVD player, but I haven’t decided yet what to do here, or even whether I should do anything here.
Also, in an ideal world, Fr. Justin and I would have had separate microphones so that we could mix our voices together on an even level; but as it is, we had just a single digital recorder, and I think my voice comes through a little more clearly than Fr. Justin’s.
I almost always enjoy conversational audio commentaries more than commentaries where a person talks all by himself, and I think this commentary is a lot better than it would have been if it had been just me yakking. That said, it was a challenge to hold on to some trains of thought, as Fr. Justin and I picked up on different aspects of the movie simultaneously, and especially as we tried to keep up with the movie; there are quite a few points where Fr. Justin and I comment on a scene that has already passed, because during the scene we were busy talking about something else!
Anyway, I hope it’s a fun listen. We certainly had fun recording it, and I’d love to do another one, soon — but for which movie?