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The most recent (by seven years) and the least known of the sixPeter Sellers titles in the Anchor Bay box devoted to the star's work, Alvin Rakoff's Hoffman (1970) is also the only color film in the package, and the only one dating from what has to be considered the declining arc of Sellers' career, though one would hardly guess it from what's here. Indeed, the odds are much greater that fans unfamiliar with this film will find it a minor revelation, showing that in 1970, Sellers was capable of delivering the ...
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The most recent (by seven years) and the least known of the sixPeter Sellers titles in the Anchor Bay box devoted to the star's work, Alvin Rakoff's Hoffman (1970) is also the only color film in the package, and the only one dating from what has to be considered the declining arc of Sellers' career, though one would hardly guess it from what's here. Indeed, the odds are much greater that fans unfamiliar with this film will find it a minor revelation, showing that in 1970, Sellers was capable of delivering the same kind (and intensity) of performance that he did in, say, Stanley Kubrick's Lolita almost a decade earlier. His portrayal of the title-character, a businessman blackmailing a young woman (Sinead Cusack) into spending a week with him, is some of his finest work. Not a comedy like the others in the series of discs, Hoffman is a drama and a difficult one to absorb at times, about a would-be criminal and his victim, and their curious relationship. The film is presented beautifully, in a deep, richly detailed transfer in a 1.66-to-1 aspect ratio that frames the action perfectly; the color is quietly stunning and the detail very crisp. The movie has been given a properly generous 26 chapters, covering (and named for) every phase of the relationship between the two characters, and Hoffman also offers its original trailer, a surprisingly honest portrayal of the movie except that it may emphasize the comedy just a bit more than is the actual case -- oddly enough, though the movie's audio is mastered as a respectable level, the trailer's sound is louder still. The disc opens on an easy to use menu, the only deficiency of which is its lack of cleverness in design compared with that of, say, Heavens Above!.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen presentation (1.66:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Theatrical trailer; Peter Sellers bio
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/21/2003
  • UPC: 013131193398
  • Original Release: 1970
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Sellers Benjamin Hoffman
Sinéad Cusack Janet Smith
Jeremy Bulloch Tom Mitchell
Ruth Dunning Mrs. Mitchell
David Lodge Foreman
Ron Taylor Guitarist
Technical Credits
Alvin Rakoff Director
Ben Arbeid Producer
John Blezard Art Director
Ernest Gebler Screenwriter
Ron Grainer Score Composer
Claude Hitchcock Sound/Sound Designer
Gerry Turpin Cinematographer
Barrie Vince Editor
Jake Wright Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start/A Quick Goodbye [1:36]
2. Main Titles [2:51]
3. Mr. Hoffman [4:15]
4. Miss Smith's Discomfort [5:16]
5. "I Smell Your Hair in My Bathroom" [4:32]
6. Bedroom Lies [7:11]
7. A New Eating Experience [4:13]
8. "Put on Lots of Perfume, Miss Smith" [4:23]
9. Dictator [5:47]
10. Endless Night [3:16]
11. Rude Awakening [4:33]
12. A Walk in the Park [6:34]
13. Mrs. Hoffman's Slippers [5:51]
14. Fresh Meat [4:06]
15. "You Must Never Become a Person, Miss Smith" [3:13]
16. Tempers Flare [3:51]
17. Pain in the Neck [3:12]
18. Dream House [3:26]
19. Duet for Instant Cacophony [5:15]
20. Secrets [3:52]
21. Sultry Surprise [3:15]
22. "You'll Remember Me" [5:02]
23. Breakfast in Bed [2:21]
24. Three's a Crowd [4:19]
25. "I Love You" [5:26]
26. Homecoming [3:54]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Trailer
      Peter Sellers Bio
   Play
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