Best In Show
One might imagine that the short, witty "mockumentaries" that result from Christopher Guest's improvisational filmmaking style leave a lot of good footage on the cutting room floor. As the Best in Show DVD demonstrates, that assumption is correct. The DVD includes no less than 17 deleted scenes, some of which originally appeared on the film's promotional/i>… See more details below
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One might imagine that the short, witty "mockumentaries" that result from Christopher Guest's improvisational filmmaking style leave a lot of good footage on the cutting room floor. As the Best in Show DVD demonstrates, that assumption is correct. The DVD includes no less than 17 deleted scenes, some of which originally appeared on the film's promotional website, and many of which could have easily been included in the film without bloating its running time. It's clear that Guest's editing instincts were at their most ruthless when it came to his own scenes as low-key babbler Harlan Pepper, but each of the main characters shows up at least once in this section. A nice touch is that the scenes can all be viewed in succession without returning to the menu after each one. The DVD also includes information on eight cast members and one theatrical trailer. Guest's commentary with co-star and co-writer Eugene Levy is disappointingly sparse, considering their off-screen friendships with many of their castmates and the fact that they have five of the movie's credits between them. There are a few minor sound-related glitches, as actors' voices sometimes shift channels abruptly and for no clear reason. The best reason to own this DVD is the movie itself and the material that never made it to the big screen.
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Cast & Crew
|Eugene Levy||Gerry Fleck|
|Catherine O'Hara||Cookie Fleck|
|Christopher Guest||Harlan Pepper|
|John Michael Higgins||Scott Donlon|
|Michael McKean||Stefan Vanderhoof|
|Michael Hitchcock||Hamilton Swan|
|Parker Posey||Meg Swan|
|Jennifer Coolidge||Sheri Ann Cabot,Sherri Ann Cabot|
|Jane Lynch||Christy Cummings|
|Fred Willard||Buck Laughlin|
|Bob Balaban||Dr. Theodore W. Milbank III|
|Patrick Cranshaw||Sherri's Husband|
|Don Lake||Pageant manager|
|Ed Begley||Hotel manager|
|Larry Miller||Cookie's former boyfriend|
|Lewis Arquette||Fern City Show Spectator|
|Will Sasso||Fishin' Hole Guy|
|Carrie Aizley||Fern City Show Spectator|
|Joseph T. Garrity||Production Designer|
|Gary Myers||Art Director|
|Jack Hardy||Asst. Director|
|Gordon Mark||Executive Producer|
|Monique Prudhomme||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jeffery Vanston||Score Composer|
|Mark Weingarten||Sound/Sound Designer|
1. Harlan at home. [:48]
2. Scott and Stefen at the party. [1:10]
3. The Swans Before The Show. [2:26]
4. Harlan at original cabin. [1:09]
5. Sherri Ann and Christiy. [:51]
6. Gerry and Cookie - alternate epilogue [1:33]
7. Harlan and arrowheads. [1:13]
8. Scott and Stefan at home [4:12]
9. Remote control dog. [1:47]
10. The Swans after the show. [:54]
11. Hair on the knees. [:43]
12. Harlan drives. [4:33]
13. Slobber rag. [1:07]
14. Stefan at Salon. [2:25]
15. Harlan and Lil' Buddy. [1:18]
16. Talman's. [2:49]
17. Leslie and Buck. [:57]
0. Scene Selections
1. Beatrice's therapy. [2:14]
2. How the Flecks met. [2:20]
3. Bloodhounds are best. [2:57]
4. All-American love story. [2:00]
5. So much in common. [1:48]
6. How the Swans met. [2:08]
7. Walking and talking. [1:53]
8. God Loves a Terrier; unconditional love. [3:19]
9. Philadelphia-bound (Louisiana Nights). [4:24]
10. Unwanted attentions. [2:35]
11. Tricks of their trades. [5:00]
12. Talk to Daddy. [1:53]
13. A.M. Philadelphia [1:50]
14. Flack for the Flecks. [4:38]
15. Party time. [4:40]
16. Bedtime lullaby. [1:32]
17. Buck and Trevor. [1:30]
18. "Get Busy Bee!" [1:24]
19. Here come the hounds. [4:03]
20. Letting go. [2:04]
21. Poodles on parade. [3:28]
22. Wrong and right animals. [1:53]
23. Wholly terrier. [2:18]
24. History and Beatrice dismissed. [2:17]
25. Two mommies. [3:10]
26. Gerry's time. [2:11]
27. Seven finalists. [2:21]
28. Once around. [3:51]
29. Best in show. [1:55]
30. Terrier Style. [1:52]
31. American Bitch. [1:30]
32. Harlan's new voice. [1:28]
33. Great love scenes. [1:17]
34. Kipper's a winner. [:50]
35. End Credits (Mutt's Strut). [5:17]
Cast & Crew
Christopher Guest: Harlan Pepper
John Michael Higgins: Scott Donlan
Michael Hitchcock: Hamilton Swan
Eugene Levy: Gerry Fleck
Catherine O'Hara: Cookie Fleck
Parker Posey: Meg Swan
Commentary with Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy
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A mock documentary of dog shows, and the people who attend them. This is one of my favorite movies, not only am I a fan of this cast, and their movies, but I am a fan of dog shows. This just proves that dogs are dogs, as long as they are loved and taken care of they are happy. It is the people who love them that get crazy, and have complexes.
This is the best improv DVD (of humans and dogs) I've ever seen!
For all you dog lovers out there, this movie hits close to home. It highlights the excessive and sometimes embarassing lengths we go to in spoiling/pleasing our furry friends. You'll find that you're not the only one that includes you're ''little ones'' as part of the family. If you liked ''Waiting for Guffman,'' you'll love Christopher Guest's ''Best in Show.''
This movie was a laugh a minute. The depiction of ''dog show people'' was ridiculous but relatively accurate. The characters were hilarious and the anouncer stole the show...
I don't know what kind of research they did, but obviously they came pretty close to what it is like. I handled show dogs for about six years, and saw at one time or another all of the incidents satirized. Although some of the actors go a little overboard with stereotyping, they had it down. You can see versions of the movie's actors at almost any dog show. I have always been amused at how much the politics of dog handling overshadows, but not always, the dogs themselves. Overall a very cute light comedy. The dog show business is serious in many ways to the people involved. There isn't any money to be made in in for 99% of those involved, but it is special on a deeper level for many of the participants. In a way, I was one of those people you saw in the movie, and if I can't laugh at myself who can I laugh at. Enjoy.
Best in Show, in my opinion, is the greatest comedy ever and nothing even comes close to its level. I could talk or not talk about this movie forever and still find things to not talk about. It is that amazing!
Probably the most hilarious comedy made in recent years. The achievement by the actors of this film is even more awe inspiring since most of the film was done improvisationally. Too many memorable moments to mention -- from Eugene Levy and his two left feet to the side splittingly annoying dog show announcer.....Best in Show proves that its not just for the dogs!
I have to admit when I first saw its title and cast I was very skeptical. But to my surprise, it instantly became one of my favorite movies of all time. I guess you can't judge a movie by it's title!
Not well advertized, this comedy turns out to be one of best ones I have seen this year. There is no good category to put this under [other than comedy about neurotic people] but it is truly fun to watch and own.
Christopher Guest is a genius and he is supported by a simply amazing ensemble cast. I've been a huge fan since ''This is Spinal Tap''. I was completely floored when I found out that Best in Show(as well as ''Waiting for Guffman'') were largely improvised. I had watched a real documentary on TV the night before about a dog show and must say that the movie captured it quite accurately.
''Best in Show'' stands as a cult classic to dog lovers and dog haters alike. It not only appeals to those who love their furry, slobbery, canine compainions but all of you out there who can't stand dogs and worse yet, their auspicious owners, will laugh till your belly hurts. This movie has so many smart, subtle, yet hysterical moments that you will find yourself smiling at weeks later. I put this in my top 10 must see comedies.
This movie was amazingly funny! The colorful cast of characters makes this movie a sure hit! Christopher Guest is a comedic genius! If you haven't seen this movie see it! I highly recommend this. It'll have you rolling on the floor from all of the funny scenes! One of my all time favorite movies!
This is the best and funniest comedy I have ever seen. I love this movie!!!!
Very funny. Good spoof on dog shows.