BONUS SACK: Commentary Track for “Sudden Death”

Welcome to a BONUS track from the Film Sack crew. We hope this will be the first of many of these bonus episodes. The idea is simple: We create a real-time commentary track that you can play on your headphones while you watch the movie in question. Think director or actor commentary tracks on DVD’s, only less official, and more Film Sacky.

Our first bonus track movie? 1995’s, Sudden Death, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Here’s the link on Netflix. (No longer streaming, but it was when we scheduled this…oh well.) And here it is on IMDB.

Join Scott, Randy, Brian and Ibbott as we lovingly caress our bomb detonator for nearly two hours.


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40 thoughts on “BONUS SACK: Commentary Track for “Sudden Death”

  1. That’s awesome, as a native pittsburgher (where Sudden death was filmed) and an audience member in the stands while the movie was being filmed, I approve!

  2. Great idea and all, and maybe I’m spoiled, but I assumed you would continue to choose films that are available on Netflix streaming. Choosing one which isn’t available for instant play for this sort of thing seems kind of odd.

  3. Wow. Netflix really pulled the rug out from under you on this one. It’s not even available as a DVD, let alone streaming. Nice idea, though. I’ll look forward to the next one. FYI, the iPhlix app on the iPhone lists both start and end dates for streaming availability if you want to be able to plan ahead.

  4. While I have absolutely no desire to watch Sudden Death, I do enjoy your show. So I’m going to give it a go I’m sure I can get hold of it some how πŸ˜‰

  5. yeah, sorry about the netflix thing. They had it up a week ago, and suddenly, gone.

  6. I was surprised how well this commentary worked out playing in the background. Freaking loved it. Probably the best episode of Film Sack yet.

    Just a suggestion, if you do it again, you should wrap it up like a regular episode. You know, a twitter post and going over the checklist. But keep it up guys, I love it!

  7. For the next bonus sack, you should do the Mystery Science Theater 3000; more humor and less formal. -behindvfx

  8. Great episode, guys! Thanks for the torrent link, Xeo. This movie is best enjoyed with popcorn shrimp, a fake mustache, red bunny rabbit stamp on your hand and a jock strap on your head. “I didn’t move! Not even when things blew up! I didn’t move!”

  9. Loved the Bonus Sack. Popcorn theory-they used it to smuggle in the machine guns. Just a thought.

    I agree that going over the checklist was missed, but it was really fun watching and listening to you guys at the same time.

  10. The popcorn was used to smuggle in either the explosive portion or the detonator portion. If you notice, there is not enough room in each of those stuffed penguins (especially WITH the stuffing still inside) to have fit both pieces inside and there are probably only about half a dozen of them on lying on the ground and cut open. The popcorn was definitely used to smuggle explosives into the building, different parts of the building if not different parts of the explosives. Overall, I love listening to you guys chat about “films” and I could not have thought of a better way to watch this particular one. Please do more of these commentary tracks (maybe once a month). This show is the ONLY reason I continue to renew my Netflix subscription.

    On a side note, I had a difficult time keeping the podcast synced with my movie. I had to pause the track every couple minutes to let the movie catch up. Not a big deal in theory but kind of a pain in the rear.

    Love the show!

  11. I had the same exact problem with the syncing, by the end of the movie the audio track would have been about 4 min out of sync. Also had to keep pausing the track to resync.

  12. I love the podcast in general, but this was an even more fantastic watch and listen. The big question I have is: What happened with the Stanley Cup final? Do the Penguins have to forfeit? Do they replay the game in Chicago? I’m Canadian, I NEED to know!

  13. Absolutely loved doing this, hoping to see more like this in the future. Listening to your comments while watching the movie made it so much better, you turned Sudden Death into the comedy that it was originally meant to be. One bit of trivia that I am amazed you guys didn’t pick up on is the shot of Hallmark (The double-crossing, black secret service agent) checking his watch just after the game goes into sudden death, he had supposedly been killed by our sweaty friend long before then. He didn’t seem to look as much like Freddy Kruger in this scene.

  14. Yeah had the same problem with the syncing, like the podcast was slightly faster than the movie (I rented it off iTunes)

  15. Okay, watched/listened. Syncing wasn’t a problem for me except for two points when it was a second or two off and I paused the podcast for that amount of time before starting it up again. Hilarious and wonderful. I admit to not having been willing to watch every film that Filmsack had reviewed because I didn’t want to sit through it, but this definitely made it worth it. The fight between Van Damme and the woman in the penguin costume was made so much better, and Ibbott’s one-liners were great. “Well, that’s as far as I’m gonna go.” And I fully endorse Scott’s policy of not eating shrimp that was taking a poop when it died.

  16. Though you got hosed by Netflix on this one, I hope you do another in the near future. I was really looking forward to this event. Thanks for all your efforts.

  17. Random thought: Sudden Death came out in late 1995, and there was some commentary about how we (Americans) didn’t know what terrorists looked like then. Actually, earlier in that year was the Oklahoma City bombing, so we did. At that point they looked like Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh. So maybe the guy holding Mrs. Roper hostage should’ve been a white dude with a crew cut in a polo shirt rather than an Italian wedding singer. Or maybe not.

  18. Yes, Shop ‘n’ Save is a real supermarket, and Eat ‘n’ Park is a real restaurant chain. I ate there a couple days ago, actually, after seeing Ferrous Gentleman the Second.

    Oh, and the teams playing hockey were the farm teams for the Penguins and Blackhawks. My brother and cousins were in town for my wedding back then, saw a bit on the local news about the call for extras, and had a great time at the filming. Couldn’t find ’em in any of the crowd scenes, though.

  19. I love all the Filmsack episodes – But this by far was the best one, I freakin’ loved the commentary to go along with the movie, so many good parts especially with the Penguin fight scene. With the one liners from Scott, the two Brians and Randy, it was just awesome.

    I really hope you continue these in the future πŸ˜€

  20. Great idea to provide another “view” of what already is an extremely entertaining show. I also had syncing issues as I rented the movie via iTunes. You had me at Beam of Light with the Universal Logo, but I quickly had to pause the podcast to try and re-sync. Well worth the inconvenience as watching the show with your commentary added a level of engagement that goes above and beyond ANYTHING else out there. Maybe Commentary Track episode #2 will be locked in on the sync. If not, just do a Godzilla movie and nobody will know the difference πŸ˜‰

  21. That was a lot of fun! I felt like we were all hanging gout together watching the movie, good times. I have to throw my hat in the syncing problem, it was terribly frustrating especially since I though I was doing something wrong. If it’s of any help I rented a DVD with Dolby 5.1 (although I watched it in whatever default audio playback it does on my TV), c 1998 Universal Home Video, and the run time on the back indicated 1 hour and 51 minutes.

  22. I had no interest in watching this movie ever but DAAAAMMMMMMMMMMM this was amazing with this commentary! Plz do more!!!

  23. even though the movie is off the netflix, I will be going down to the local video store to rent this flick. I am hopping that the film sack crew will do this again in the future!

  24. Loved it, I woudn’t mind a separete show in this format, wink wink πŸ™‚

  25. I love this idea…I do hope that you guys do this again for other movies as it makes watching this horrible movie more entertaining than what it tries to be

  26. You guys absolutely freakin suck!!!

    You deal the crack, then you don’t come back for at least a month?!?!?!?

    I’m jonesin for another brilliant, amazing, exciting, enthralling, funny, sarcastic, witty, intelligent, spot-on, tempting episode of BONUS SACK!


    i nnneeed it man!

  27. Long time reader / 1st time poster. Really enjoying reading the blog, keep up the excellent work. Will most definitely start posting more in the near future.

  28. How did this recording get so out of sync with watching the movie? Maybe its because I’m watching it on DVD but the Bonus Sack jumps ahead a lot. Was there some blank spots taken out of the podcast? Eh, still good.

  29. Anyone else notice the similar look of Powers Boothe’s character in this movie and Gene Simmons in Runaway? Must have the same tailor.

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