Being There

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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 ...
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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.
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Special Features

DVD includes cast and filmmaker profiles and theatrical trailer.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2001
  • UPC: 012569093829
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 2:10:00
  • Format: DVD

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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Menu

Side #1 -- BEING THERE
   Play Movie
   Languages
      Soundtracks English
      Soundtracks Francais
      Subtitles Portugues
      Subtitles Espanol
      Subtitles English
      Subtitles Francais
      Subtitles Off
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         PETER SELLERS Chance
         SHIRLEY MACLAINE Eve Rand
         MELVYN DOUGLAS Benjamin Rand
      Awards
      Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT MOVIE

    PETER SELLERS GIVES THE PEFORMANCE OF A LIFETIME. AND AN ENDING THAT WILL SUPRISE YOU

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Second favorite movie of all time - First is Windwalker

    I love this movie. it is a true example of how we view the world through our own personality ''filers' and see only what we reflect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my favorites of all time

    This movie is so wonderful, right up to the very last line. I saw this movie as a young boy and just recently again on cable as an adult in my late twenties. I'm so glad to see this on DVD and can't wait to share it with my friends and family...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    Excellent performance by Peter Sellers.. His character Chauncey reminds me a lot of George W. Bush.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must own!

    One of Peter Sellers' best film's. Watching his lovable characther Chauncy Gardner is a comedic adventure. Unique characters and story events intermingle to create a film that stands the test of time.

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