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Being There
     

Being There

 
A lovely swan song to star Peter Sellers, the fable Being There has aged very well and looks better than ever on this Warner DVD release. Beautifully shot by cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (Fly Away Home, The Natural), the movie is presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio with a pristine anamorphic widescreen transfer. The Dolby Digital

Overview

A lovely swan song to star Peter Sellers, the fable Being There has aged very well and looks better than ever on this Warner DVD release. Beautifully shot by cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (Fly Away Home, The Natural), the movie is presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio with a pristine anamorphic widescreen transfer. The Dolby Digital audio track is in the original Mono and is bright and well-balanced. The only extras are talent files and the theatrical trailer. There may have been an initial pan and scan-only DVD release of the movie, but this widescreen edition is the one that is widely available.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A generally faithful adaptation of Jerzy N. Kosinski's quirky comic novel that is blessed with a devastatingly hilarious deadpan performance by top-billed Peter Sellers, Being There examines contemporary America's cultural life and finds it wanting in many ways. Sellers plays Chauncey Gardner, a middle-aged, sheltered illiterate who spends most of his waking hours watching TV, from which he gleans what little he knows of life. A bizarre series of events catapults him into the inner circle of a politically active industrialist (veteran actor Melvyn Douglas in an Oscar-winning turn), who mistakes Chauncey's childlike rejoinders for profundity and proposes that he run for president. Kosinski's script, rife with absurdities but savagely witty and unsparing in its digs at the intelligentsia and the political elite, is visualized with elan by director Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude), who keeps a tight rein on the normally irrepressible Sellers. Among the supporting players, Shirley MacLaine is deliciously subtle as the smitten woman whose amorous advances go right over Chauncey's head, and Jack Warden appears to advantage in one of his customarily blustery characterizations. Being There occasionally drags, and its humor isn't the type to provoke sustained belly laughs. But it's a thoughtful, substantive comedy that rewards patient viewers and yields additional treasure with repeated viewings. The DVD includes cast/director highlights.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2001
UPC:
0012569093829
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
2:10:00

Special Features

DVD includes cast and filmmaker profiles and theatrical trailer.

Scene Index

Side #1 -- BEING THERE
0. Scene Selections
1. TV Wakeup (Credits; Unfinished Symphony). [4:14]
2. Death and eggs. [4:19]
3. Goodbye, little boy. [2:17]
4. Visitors. [3:32]
5. Move out. [4:28]
6. Street life (Also Sprach Zarathustra). [3:52]
7. Message for Rafael. [3:00]
8. Chance meeting. [5:34]
9. The Rand home (Basketball Jones). [3:52]
10. Claim unclaimed. [1:56]
11. Wanted: fresh blood. [2:26]
12. Rand Memorial Hospital. [3:07]
13. The room upstairs. [3:59]
14. Cigars and no ideas. [3:16]
15. A car for the asking. [3:18]
16. A very peaceful man. [5:37]
17. My very dear friend. [2:38]
18. Presidential garden tips. [3:55]
19. Just the man. [1:50]
20. Among the young plants. [2:14]
21. Hold the phone. [4:54]
22. Zilch on the guy. [2:37]
23. The Gary Burns Show. [3:24]
24. A white man's world. [2:54]
25. It's a gift. [4:21]
26. Chauncey's dossier. [2:41]
27. Breakfast (and more) in bed (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood). [4:51]
28. The toast of Washington. [3:51]
29. On everyone's mind. [4:56]
30. Only one capable. [3:05]
31. In Chauncey we trust. [2:04]
32. "I like to watch." [6:02]
33. Goodbye, old man. [6:01]
34. Our one and only chance. [3:33]
35. Walking on water. [1:11]
36. Outtake End Credits. [3:29]

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