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At last, Waiting For Guffman available in the UK,
This review is from: The Christopher Guest Collection (Waiting For Guffman / Best In Show / A Mighty Wind) [DVD] (DVD)
The fact that you can now buy Waiting For Guffman on Region 2 DVD should be enough to make you part with your cash. Having Best In Show and A Mighty Wind included in the box-set as well, and being able to get all three for under twelve quid, makes this a no-brainer. I paid fifteen quid to import the Region 1 version of WFG from Canada four years ago, when I realised you couldn't get it on Region 2 at the time.
All Chris Guest films follow a similar theme - a documentary style first introduced in This Is Spinal Tap, concentrating on a group of people who all feel very passionate about the subject of the movie. In this case, we have an amateur dramatics scenario, where residents of the Missourri town of Blaine are putting on a show to illustrate Blaine's history in celebration of it's 150th anniversary (WFG). We have a dog show (BIS), with the cameras following the owners and their dogs as they make their way across country to Philadelphia, for the US version of Crufts. And we have a folk music festival (AMW), where the son of a recently passed-away record producer and band manager decides that as a tribute to his father it would be nice to put on a show, starring three of the acts that his father represented.
The castlist in all three movies pretty much stars the same people, Guest himself, along with Eugene Levy, Fred Willard (hooray), Parker Posey, Michael Hitchcock, Catharine O'Hara, Bob Balaban, Don Lake and Larry Miller appear in all three, and many many more appear in two of the three. All the actors are exceptional improvisers, and all three movies include deleted scenes, a commentary by Guest and Levy, and extra features such as a full show of the concert in A Mighty Wind. And it's nice to see the three Spinal Tappers together again...