- Actors: Jennifer Coolidge, Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Eugene Levy
- Directors: Christopher Guest
- Producers: Karen Murphy
- Format: Box set, PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 3
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- DVD Release Date: 17 Oct. 2005
- Run Time: 259 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000AQ5JNC
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,538 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Christopher Guest Collection (Waiting For Guffman / Best In Show / A Mighty Wind) [DVD]
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Box set containing three movies from director Christopher Guest. In 'Best in Show' (2000), it's time for the annual Mayflower Dog Show; the owners are assembling for the big competion, and what a bizarre bunch they are. There's yuppie couple Meg (Parker Posey) and Hamilton (Michael Hitchcock), who are both concerned that their pooch has been disturbed by seeing them having sex; there's previous winner Sherri Ann Ward (Jennifer Coolidge), owner of the poodle Rhapsody in White, who this time has hired lesbian trainer Christy Cummings (Jane Lynch) to ensure a further victory; plus there's former maneater Cookie Fleck (Catherine O'Hara), her pet Winky, and her jealous husband Gerry (Eugene Levy); and not forgetting hunter, angler and Bloodhound-fancier Harlan Pepper (Guest), a man whose passion for ventriloquism is going to land him in trouble sooner or later. The dogs are on show, the results eagerly awaited, but with characters like these, the outcome is anyone's guess. 'A Mighty Wind' (2003) is an affectionately satirical 'mockumentary' which could be described as folk music's answer to 'Spinal Tap'. Irving Steinbloom (Stuart Luce) is an influential figure in the folk music world in the late 50s and early 60s, and when he dies his son Jonathan (Bob Balaban) decides to put together a memorial concert to celebrate his life, featuring some of Steinbloom's best-loved musicians. The film focuses on the various bands, duos and trios that are reunited at the concert in New York City Town Hall for the big event, and pokes fun at the earnest self-importance of the characters and their extremely prolific musical output. Finally, in 'Waiting For Guffman' (1996), theatre director Corky St Clair (Guest), fresh from his dazzling production of 'Backdraft - The Musical', is hired to orchestrate the 150th birthday celebrations of the small town of Blaine, Missouri. Unfortunately, his potential cast - the local dentist, Keanu Reeves-wannabe Johnny (Matt Keeslar), Dairy Queen employee Libby Mae (Parker Posey) - combine star-struck ambition with pint-sized talent. However, in the grand Broadway tradition, the show must go on, no matter what cost to the dignity of those involved.
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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...
The son of a now dead music mogul decides it would be a fitting tribute to his fathers life if several of the folk groups he helped to stardom in the sixties reunite for a live tribute memorial concert.
But where are these 'folk legends' now? What happened to 'Mitch and Mickey'? or the incredible 'New Main Street Singers'? and do 'The Folksman' still have hair?
The film takes us back to their early careers (for those of us over 40 it is a sublime trip down memory lane) and then we see what has happened to them since.
It is flash-back and today woven around the funniest, dryest and sometimes bonkers humour you could wish to see- with some incredibly good acting to boot.
The fact that the actors all play their instruments and do their own singing (and they are GOOD)just adds to the brilliance of this film.
It is what you would expect from Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy with their usual fantastic ensemble of actors(Best In show, This is Spinal Tap etc).
The fantastic special features include lots of deleted scenes which are even more funny than the film.
The ' Live' concert at the end which was l suspect filmed in front of an invited real audience is wonderful. When comedy and truth meet it is rare.
If you like 'Oh BROTHER WHERE ART THOU-COEN BROTHERS- you will love this.