Special Features

BrainDead DVD Special Features Masterpost

I have finished uploading all the special features from the BrainDead Season 1 DVDs so I wanted to make a masterpost with all the special feature videos and links to my original tumblr posts.

BrainDead Season 1 Gag Reel


Strange Bedfellows: The Characters Of Braindead

Robert & Michelle King as well as some of the cast talk about the characters in BrainDead.


Trickle-Down Invasion: The Story of BrainDead

Robert & Michelle talk about some of the decisions in making BrainDead


The Third Party: The Politics of Braindead

Robert & Michelle talk about the politics and some of the directions and choices in making Braindead.


BrainDead Season 1 Deleted Scenes

Disc 1
1. The Insanity Principle: How Extremism in Politics is Threatening Democracy in the 21st Century
2. Playing Politics: Living Life in the Shadow of the Budget Shutdown - A Critique
Disc 2
5. Back to Work: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Congress and How it Gets Things Done (And Often Doesn’t)
7. The Power of Euphemism: How Torture Became a Matter of Debate in American Politics
Disc 3
8. The Path to War Part One: The Gathering Political Storm
9. Taking on Water: How Leaks in D.C. are Discovered and Patched
10. The Path to War Part Two: The Impact of Propaganda on Congressional War Votes
Disc 4
11. Six Points on the New Congressional Budget: The False Dichotomy of Austerity vs. Expansionary Policies
13. The End of All We Hold Dear: What Happens When Democracies Fail: A Brief Synopsis

*Note: these are all of the deleted scenes included on the DVDs, there were not deleted scenes for every single episode.

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Lana & Jared behind the scenes of the mine scene from 2x22.

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BrainDead Season 1 Deleted Scenes from the DVD. Includes the Deleted Scenes from the following episodes:

Disc 1
1. The Insanity Principle: How Extremism in Politics is Threatening Democracy in the 21st Century
2. Playing Politics: Living Life in the Shadow of the Budget Shutdown - A Critique
Disc 2
5. Back to Work: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Congress and How it Gets Things Done (And Often Doesn’t)
7. The Power of Euphemism: How Torture Became a Matter of Debate in American Politics
Disc 3
8. The Path to War Part One: The Gathering Political Storm
9. Taking on Water: How Leaks in D.C. are Discovered and Patched
10. The Path to War Part Two: The Impact of Propaganda on Congressional War Votes
Disc 4
11. Six Points on the New Congressional Budget: The False Dichotomy of Austerity vs. Expansionary Policies
13. The End of All We Hold Dear: What Happens When Democracies Fail: A Brief Synopsis

*Note: these are all of the deleted scenes included on the DVDs, there were not deleted scenes for every single episode.

Recently, I picked up the Blu-ray for Watchmen, a movie about angsty conversations and the superheroes that love them. And it was there that I learned that director Zack Snyder had done something called “WB MAXIMUM MOVIE MODE,” which sounds like something Zack Snyder would do. That man approaches the superhero genre like a freshman writing class student that got into college on a Monster Energy Drink scholarship, so “WB MAXIMUM MOVIE MODE” is his subtle way of telling us that he’s about to drop film trivia on you to the no-holds-barred MAXIMUM. This isn’t your grandpa’s style of imparting movie knowledge! No grown-ups allowed, dick stains! 

And he does impart that knowledge, popping in and out of the movie to talk about the movie, while standing in front of two screens, one playing the movie and the other showing the cool thing he’s talking about. And it’s … something. No one likes to sit beside the living, breathing person on the couch who pops his head in during important parts to say “They ACTUALLY shot this on a green screen!” so it’s baffling to think that the guy in charge of the special features on Watchmen decided that audiences needed him on their TV set.

And it isn’t just Watchmen. Snyder includes it on his film Sucker Punch, which is bewildering, since movie studios could barely get people in theaters to see Sucker Punch on the merits of it just being a regular movie. How do they expect people to shill out money for the exclusive “Guy Who Made It Talks Over It” Edition? Along with a few other titles, some of the Harry Potter Blu-rays include this feature as well, just in case you were ever reading JK Rowling’s classic novels and thought “Man, this would be so much better if someone wouldn’t shut the fuck up during it.”

The 5 Most Useless Features Hollywood Won’t Stop Pushing

I really want to write a long blog post about how much I love the Poe Party BTS features but I can’t even…like I’ve tried multiple ways and none of them comes close to adequately expressing my feelings. I said when the microwave video came out that I wouldn’t be able to handle it when the real special features were released, and here I am, not being able to handle it. So beautiful, so happy, so funny, so intriguing, so informative…and so mysterious, because like how was there even time to film all those interviews?

Anyway, I don’t know what else to say except that I’m very happy that these are going to be available to non-backers at some point because I feel like the whole fandom needs to see them.

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Robert & Michelle talk about the cast and characters in Braindead and hear from the cast about their roles in this Special Feature from the Season 1 DVD.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Danny Pino, Aaron Tveit, Tony Shalhoub, Nikki M. James, Johnny Ray Gill, Jan Maxwell, & Charlie Semine

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The back cover of the Over the Garden Wall DVD has been revealed!  Which means I can talk about the special features now:

  • Behind Over the Garden Wall: A nice little behind the scenes video that includes some interviews with the main cast, myself, and some footage of the recording sessions.  
  • Original Pilot: The original pilot, when the show was gonna be called Tome of the Unknown and it was about Wirt and Greg looking for a magic book.
  • Alternate Title Cards: Before settling on using the title cards we used, Nick Cross and I got a bunch of dry ice and tried to make a foggy looking title sequence. It never really came together right, so we ended up scrapping it… but it’s sort of interesting to see, i think. I put the full version of the end credits song over this video so you get to hear that song uncut.
  • Deleted Animatics: We cut a lot of stuff during the storyboard phase to make sure the episodes ended up being 11 minutes long, but we also cut some stuff during the animatic phase  (which is like a video of the storyboards with voices behind it).  Here are some of the more interesting/funny lines that were cut. Don’t expect, like, full sequences or anything… really just a few lines here and there. But I think they’re worth seeing (which is why we’re including them!)
  • Commentaries: Full commentaries for all the episodes of the series by me and Nick Cross.
  • Composers Cut: Probably the coolest special feature… you can watch the whole series without any dialog or sound-effects; just music and visuals! It’s pretty neat! I think the composers even spiffed up a few areas, and left some easter eggs and stuff here and there!

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The DVD comes out September 8th (in about a month) but you can pre-order it now if you want.

It’s $10 on Amazon and a bunch of other sites (Walmart, Best Buy, etc). It’s also available on the Cartoon Network site directly, I believe… and probably other places. If you don’t want to buy it at any of these places I listed you can probably find it somewhere else, or ask your local DVD salesman (?) that you want to get a copy and they can figure it out. I’ll leave the Amazon link here for your convenience though:

http://www.amazon.com/Cartoon-Network-Over-Garden-Wall/dp/B0119RZ67O/