Malcolm D. Lee
James Earl Jones
Part of Welcome Home’s charm is, obviously, the family aspect. I think everyone can relate to Roscoe’s apprehension to seeing his family after such a long time away from home. Being from a big family, I definitely understood his unwillingness to “go back” to where he grew up; mentally and emotionally you view it as kind of a setback since as a person, you’ve matured and grown in those ways and also blazed your own path in the world. Director Malcolm Lee (he of Undercover Brother fame) understands this world and its inhabitants and is able to translate it in a way to appeal to everyone despite the viewer’s background.
Deleted and Extended Scenes: As with most deleted scenes, everything left on the cutting room floor should’ve stayed. Most of the scenes were unnecessary and some of the extended scenes showed character development more than anything.
Outtakes: I’m a big fan of outtakes so I always enjoy a laugh when somebody breaks character, flubs a line or says something completely inappropriate.
Bringing the Family Together: A standard featurette that shows each of the major players talking about their characters, how they got the part and how much they love their co-stars. A schmooze fest, in other words.
On Location: Getting Down and Dirty: Despite the film’s location being Georgia, it was actually filmed in Shreveport, Louisiana. The actor’s talk about the landscape, how big the bugs are and the constant weather changes that on some days, halted production. In one bit, a producer explains to Cedric the Entertainer the different types of wildlife that can be found on set including snakes, water moccasins and alligators. Fun stuff.
Going Home: Real Stories of the Cast: This goes right back to the family aspect of the film and the mixed feelings of going back “home” and how that has had an effect on each actor in the film. There are some really good stories and it was interesting to see another side to all the actors involved.
Joe "We're Family" Music Video: Some video from a c-list R&B singer. Not my box of cereal.
Feature Commentary with Director Malcolm D. Lee: Commentaries are always iffy with me. Sometimes you get one of your favorite movies to watch and the commentary is boring with a lot of dead space and other times the movie is over before you’ve noticed because the commentary is lively and at a really good pace. This one is the latter. Malcolm Lee keeps the commentary moving with fun anecdotes and stories about the cast and crew.