Director Rian Johnson has officially made the day of thousands of cinemaphiles who loved his hugely enjoyable and critically-acclaimed new film Looper.
The movie, which stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, won't be out on home video probably until sometime in early 2013, but that doesn't mean you can't already listen to the film with commentary track on, just like you might the day of the Blu-ray release. Director Rian Johnson has released a totally legal and official commentary track, which fans can download from the movie's Tumblr.
"I recorded a commentary track to be downloaded, put on an iPod and listened to in the theater as you’re watching Looper," wrote Johnson. "This is an odd thing I tried with [The Brothers] Bloom, and have gotten a few requests for it again, so here it is. It is totally different from the commentary track that will be on the Blu/DVD, a bit more technical and detailed. Needless to say, this is NOT to be listened to on a first viewing, or before you’ve seen the film. Also, please work it so that a glowing screening is never out of your pocket during the movie.
"Listen to the introduction before heading to the theater, it has instructions. And lemme know how it works."
It's not only a cool concept in terms of connecting with the fans--a useful and practical tool for a young filmmaker--but who knows? Maybe it'll encourage somebody to go back and see the movie a second time in the theaters and keep the grosses up!