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The Peter Sellers Story: As He Filmed It [DVD]

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  • Directors: Jane Bywater
  • Producers: Peter Lydon, Anthony Wall
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Black & White, Full Screen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct. 2005
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BEVZXQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,415 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Using a unique collection of his own home movies shot between 1948 and 1977 and discovered years after his death, this film presents an intriguing and intimate portrait of Peter Sellers.  

The Peter Seller’s Story’ will be released on DVD with the previously un-broadcast Academy Award nominated short film The Running, Jumping and Standing Still Film as an extra for the first time on October 24th. Never previously shown outside the cinema circuit, The Running, Jumping and Standing Film was filmed by Richard Lester (A Hard Day’s Night) .

Filmed using Sellers’ hand-held Bolex camera, it boasts a series of slapstick vignettes set to Lester’s composed music. A home movie made ostensibly by friends, for friends, this eleven minute film features the comedic talents of Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Richard Lester, Graham Stark and others.

A compelling and definitive portrait of the man and his life.

‘The Peter Sellers Story…As He Filmed It’ was re-cut from the original 1995 BAFTA-nominated ‘Arena’ documentary transmitted in 2002 on BBC TWO.

Told in his own words, and including many well-known personalities from Stanley Kubrick, Sophia Loren and Robert Wagner to members of the Royal Family, in particular Princess Margaret and Prince Charles, this revealing film builds a fascinating and definitive record of a unique genius.

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For the avid Sellers fan, this is the jackpot--the pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow.

This film claims to reveal the real Peter Sellers, and if in fact there was one, this is probably as close as you are ever going to get to seeing him in one sitting.

Though the title would suggest that Sellers left a cohesive, polished and ultimately revealing account of his own life, The Peter Sellers Story...As He Filmed It is a partial truth that definitely delivers on the last count. While it is not a finished film from Sellers per se, it is a collection of his home movies that have been edited together with voiceovers from many of those closest to him during his lifetime, including two of his four wives, his son Michael and daughters, Sarah and Victoria, Spike Milligan, Graham Stark, as well as the actor himself, George Harrison and others.

Peter pursued his life and career with an intensity matched by few, and while his interest in a given distraction could go from fire to ice in a heartbeat, his love of cameras and film was total and consuming. You could essentially say that he had his own camcorder--or the technological equivalent such as it existed at the time, his own film editing equipment--long before the rest of us were able to save our every milestone on a magnetic cassette tape.

So here we often get to see behind-the-scenes footage on the sets of Sellers' movies (I'm Alright, Jack, The Mouse That Roared, Casino Royale); sometimes we see polished little pieces that Sellers did edit and voiceover himself, like a mock car commercial with his young son; home movies with Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon; some interview footage from Peter's appearance on the Steve Allen show in 1964.
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I seem to recall seeing some of this years ago as it was on the BBC Arena series I tend to think but none the worse for that, it's a great look into the private life, if it could ever be, of a genius, if a bit troubled and flawed but none the same for that, a genius. The fact he took so much on his own cine camera is a revelation of sorts but it's shown as taken and at times you feel if you are intruding on something private but its nice to think there is a record of sorts of the man 'behind the camera' and as they say, 'there will never be another'. A friend of mine actually knew him - the photo's on their office wall bear witness to that and are not the usual 'here's me wiv' stuff you mostly see from 'grabbed' shots - and wowed about this when it went out years ago on the box and so its a delight to be able to sit and watch in 'my time' as it were. Grateful thanks for those wonderful people who put this DVD together and you get the feeling that there is even more stuff as yet to be seen and if this is the case, the sooner the better!
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For those who are interested in Peter Sellers (not just die-hard fans) and who missed the Arena TV specials, this is a must-see. An evocative, beautifully presented, rare glimpse into the life of the man behind the scenes.
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I have been a fan of Peter Sellers for many years. I still watch his films and his comedy is still fantastic compared to the rubbish dished up today. Yes he was mad, but he is unsurpassed in my book. This compilation of home movies gives a really interesting insight into the life of the man. He claimed that there was no real Peter Sellers, but you get a snippet here. For Sellers buffs really, but none the less interesting to anyone who wants to know...perhaps...what made him tick. Buy it.
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