Alan has written sleeve notes and contributed interviews to numerous DVD releases including CREEP, THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS, ANTIBODIES, THE LAST HORROR MOVIE, PARTY MONSTER and RAZORBACK. He has also presented intros for the SCANNERS box set and the Mario Bava Collection. He is an in-demand DVD commentary host and has provided them for CALIGULA with Oscar winner Helen Mirren, THE CEMENT GARDEN with director Andrew Birkin, SANTA SANGRE with director Alejandro Jodorowsky, FEAR X with director Nicolas Winding Refn, TRAUMA and THE CARD PLAYER solo, and THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE with fellow critic Kim Newman. Alan made history when he conducted a live on stage commentary with director Adam Green for the film HATCHET.
THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE commentary review
“The majority of the extras are on the second disc, but the first platter contains two trailers (International and Italian), two American TV spots, and the most important, an audio commentary by British journalists Alan Jones and Kim Newman. This is, simply put, one of the most enjoyable academic commentaries ever recorded. While at first glance it seems strange to have two writers, who had nothing to do with the film, record a feature-length commentary, but as Jones published "Profondo Argento" and Newman has been writing for years for Video Watchdog and others, they definitely know their stuff and reveal tons of information about the film and its participants, and the genesis of the production from conception to theatrical release. More interesting is their discussion of what elements of the film have and haven't aged well, observations of the cinematography and other technical aspects, and analyzing character motivations and the various motifs and themes Argento uses in this film and throughout his career, as well as Argento's influences (Bava, Freda) and those influenced by him (DePalma). The idea of listening to two fan friends discussing the film for 96 minutes may not sound fun to some viewers (it didn't to this writer), but Jones and Newman keep the commentary lively and insightful and this might be the best Eurocult commentary of its type since Tim Lucas' Bava commentaries. Reuniting them for another commentary would be a good idea. A highly recommended listen!”
“Once again, a strong set of supplements from the Blue Underground crew on this two disc set. The first disc offers a trailer gallery (International trailer, Italian trailer and two tv spots) and a commentary by Profondo Argento author Alan Jones and fellow UK film critic Kim Newman. Simply put, this track is how a critic-led commentary should be done. Jones and Newman provide the listener with a detailed historical context for the film, covering everything from Argento’s inspirations for the script to the film’s importance within the genre and Argento’s career. Between these two poles, they also work in a great deal of insightful critical commentary and intriguing behind-the-scenes stories. Best of all, they accomplish this all with a breezy, conversational style of discourse that makes it fun to listen to the track”