- 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)
The Peter Sellers Story: As He Filmed It [DVD]
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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 Sellers 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 Days Night) .
Filmed using Sellers hand-held Bolex camera, it boasts a series of slapstick vignettes set to Lesters 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not bad. Enjoyed parts of it.
If you have an interest in Sellers, then worth watching.
Arrived with the DVD poking through the case which had not been sealed shut. There are marks on the DVD which look like scratches from the travel. Played perfectly so all good. Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2015 by Gilbert Grace