Best In Show

Best In Show

Christopher Guest
 Cast: Christopher Guest
Christopher Guest
, Eugene Levy
Eugene Levy
, Catherine O'Hara
Catherine O'Hara
, John Michael Higgins
John Michael Higgins

DVD (Wide Screen)

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2001
UPC: 0085391895121
Original Release: 2000
Rating: PG-13
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 1,654

Special Features

Feature-length audio commentary by director/co-writer Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy; Deleted scenes; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Cast/filmmaker profiles; Scene access; Languages & subtitles: English & Français [dubbed in Quebec]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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 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

Technical Credits
Christopher Guest Director,Screenwriter
Stuart Aikins Casting
Joseph T. Garrity Production Designer
Gary Myers Art Director
Jack Hardy Asst. Director
Robert Leighton Editor
Eugene Levy Screenwriter
Gordon Mark Executive Producer
Karen Murphy Producer
Monique Prudhomme Costumes/Costume Designer
Roberto Schaefer Cinematographer
Jeffery Vanston Score Composer
Mark Weingarten Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Index
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]

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