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Best in Show [Blu-ray] [2000] [US Import]

Michael Hitchcock , Eugene Levy , Christopher Guest    Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Hitchcock, Eugene Levy, John Michael Higgins
  • Directors: Christopher Guest
  • Format: Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Feb 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009VY00OC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,431 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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No-one can deny that the British love their dogs, but Best in Show proves that the Americans are just as canine crazy. Christopher Guest's (This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman) latest mockumentary looks at the lives and dodgy doggie loves of the contestants in the USA's most prestigious dog show, The Mayflower. The comedy is observational and mostly improvised, but there are also some genuinely hilarious set pieces and running gags as well as some perfectly timed one-liners, all of which repay repeated viewing. Owners really do become like their dogs as Guest presents a parade of brilliantly observed caricatures, revealing their human weaknesses and quirks and defying you not to find something immensely likeable about each one. Guest slowly introduces us to the principal players in a series of formal interviews and fly-on-the-wall profiles. Meet life partners Scott Donlan and Stefan Vanderhoof with their kimonos and matching Shih Tzus; a trophy wife who shares a love of soup and snow peas with her aged, billionaire husband; the suburban couple, Gerry and Cookie Fleck (brilliantly underplayed by co-writer Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara); incredibly highly strung lawyers the Swans and their dysfunctional Weimaraner; and Guest himself as the drawling Southern fishing shop owner and bloodhound breeder Harlan Pepper. This is Guest at his irreverent best.

On the DVD: The pin-sharp widescreen 1.85:1 anamorphic picture means the viewer can really appreciate the film's cinematic nuances, and the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack means that you don't miss any of the dialogue subtleties either. But the principal attractions are the 15 or so deleted scenes and the brilliant audio commentary by Guest and Eugene Levy which adds yet another comedic dimension to this mockumentary. The theatrical trailer is also thrown in for good measure. The only feature missing is the profiles of real dog owners and their canine loves that featured on the Region 1 version. --Kristen Bowditch

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS SPANIEL YAP!!! 14 Jan 2003
Best in Show is what could only be described as an affectionate mockumentary of the world of dog shows and their occasionally over-obsessed, over-ambitious neurotic and obviously barking mad owners. Co-written, directed and starring Christopher Guest, best known as Nigel Tufnell in ‘This Is Spinal Tap’, this could very much be considered the canine equivalent of Rob Reiner’s acclaimed cult movie, for instead of a rock band behaving badly, instead we have some rather over-obsessed dog owner’s behaving madly. If you will excuse the obvious pun, this is not so much Spinal Tap, as This is Spaniel Yap.
One of the great things about ‘Best In Show’ is that it is played as a straight documentary, and we never get any glimpses of the supposed documentary makers filming the would be champions proud owners and there are no nudges and winks to the camera. Very much as real documentaries do, ‘Best In Show’ follows five different couples from vastly different social backgrounds but all childless, with the exception of the four legged friends, as they seek tp win the title of top dog at the annual Mayflower dog show. It is very much fly on the wall and even though all the characters might be characterised as stereotypical, there is actually very little caricature, which is what makes it immensely funny and if you didn’t know better, you might even believe it was real. There are no cheap jokes that revolve around dog crap and most importantly of all ‘Best In Show’ is consistently funny all the way through.
There is so much to enjoy about this movie. Christopher Guest subtly directs it and it has a sharp and acutely well-observed script.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Funniest Film In Years 16 Nov 2001
By A Customer
This film is hilarious. Beautifully observed and broadly comic it's an absolute gem. Scene after scene reduces you to howls of laughter. And just when you think it can't get any funnier then the dog-show itself starts and Fred Willard makes a plausible case to be considered the funiest man on earth - his performance as the dog-show commentator who knows nothing about dogs is peppered with brilliant one-liners. The DVD is also well worth it, you get 30 mins of discarded scenes, discovering many wonderful treasures. This film is pure joy. True, warm, and fantastically funny. Bye it and fall in love!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spinal Tap goes to the Dog Shows 28 Jun 2002
'Best In Show' is best described as a mockumentary, a mixture of film, non scipted dialogues aimed to achieve the authentic documentary style we familiarise with 'real tv.' Of course, the direction is more comedic than serious, so do not think this is a serious drama about a dog show, instead it is one of the funniest films, excuse me 'mockumnetaries' to date.
Writer and director Christopher Guest, along with Eugene Levy (Waiting for Guffman), are not on unfamiliar territory, as Guest was involved with the writing and acting of 'Spinal Tap' a cult classic that remains fondly in the hearts of many eighties child, who would have to admit 'yeah, we did actually act like that.' 'Best in Show' contains the same amount of research and likeable characters, you may need the right kind of humour to enjoy it, but those who got a kick out of 'Spinal Tap' will enjoy this new outing by Guest and Levy.
The focus point of the film is as much about the characters as the dogs, and the chemistry between both actor and dog is immediately enjoyable and reality plausable. Guest plays the part of bloodhound owner and southern fly fisher and vantriloquist Harlan Pepper. Former high school nerd Gerald 'Gerry' Fleck (Eugene Levy) and Cookie Guggelman Fleck (Catherine O'Hara) plays a promiscuous flirt with a global reputation it seems as they team up as the most unlikely couple and proud owners of a musically tormented terrier 'Winky.' The homosexually hilarious Shih-Tzu owners Stefan Vanderhoof (Michael McKean) and Scott Donlan (John Michael Higgins)are full of on the edge innuendo and doting owners of their pets. Yuppie lawyers Meg and Hamilton Swan (Parker Posey and Michael Hitchcock) are the extremely competitive owners of their psychologically damaged Weimaraner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best In Show 5 May 2004
I have a 1000 words to write a review of this movie.
It can be summed up in just a few.
The funniest docu-movie you will ever see.
Fred Willard is at his best in this movie as are Eugene Leve and Christopher Guest as the bloodhound loving, beach ball collecting ventriloquist.
Totally brilliant.
Demands watching time and time again..
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hoot! 22 Sep 2001
By A Customer
If you liked Drop Dead Gorgeous, you'll like this one!! A documentary style film which captures a couple of days in the lives of dog-showers. A couple of chuckles at first, but the belly-laughs come thick and fast after the first 20 mins or so. An understated cast and a fantastic script make for a really good nights viewing - one of those fims that you can watch again and again and still find something new to laugh about!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pine nut, not only a nut but also a town 22 May 2006
I'm glad that I watched this more than once over the weekend as after the first viewing I felt that it was a good film but not worth all the hoohaa that most of the other reviewers bestowed upon it. However, as I started to do other things, glimpses of the film kept on creeping up on me, I especially liked the "police negotiator" trying to get his kid down from the shed roof, "I'm going to gouge your eyes out, you freak.." I'm sure is not in any police manual on the planet. On the flip side the couple with the Wiermariner annoyed me so much that I had to mute them. But I watched it again and laughed out loud at the commentator's un-pc remarks, and pretty much every other piece of sparkling dialogue from a cast that were perfectly suited to this type of film. The inside of Christopher Guest's head is a strange and wonderful place indeed!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and true
Dog lovers will recognise the people and dogs in this typical Christopher Guest comedy, where the laughs are plentiful without anyone ever seeming to try and be funny. Delightful.
Published 11 days ago by AL FM
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic.
A very very funny film. In my opinion everyone should have a copy. Hey judge " I know what your thinking "
Published 2 months ago by Paul Sidnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!!
Great actors! great dogs! great story! great scenes!

This is a great film. I watched it with family, and everyone really enjoyed despite not having a huge canine... Read more
Published 2 months ago by iona
5.0 out of 5 stars Be my Guest
The whole series of Director Christopher Guests ensemble films are great- and this is one of my favourites. The team are incredibly talented, and as ever, this is so well observed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lady Concussion
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of time
the cd would not work in England. is that really difficult to make a clear statement about it? why is it sold on a uk site?
Published 4 months ago by S
4.0 out of 5 stars It's fine
As expected. It's a DVD why should I review it? I saw the film and gave the DVD to a friend
Published 6 months ago by Paul R Stanford
1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of rubbish
This film was recommended to me by an acquaintance. It really is a load of American trash! Not funny at all and rather bad acting too.
Published 8 months ago by jessie's mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Good product
Exactly as described and despatched quickly. I would order from this excellent company again. Thank you very much indeed. Excellent service.
Published 8 months ago by Geraldine Willmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
This is a timeless classic always good for a laugh enjoy. Love the "we can not talk for hours scene"
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. Enid L. Breese
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my thing
I love spoofs and had this recommended to me by someone who shares my sense of humour. I am not sure about the Spinal Tap comparisons. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. B. A. French
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