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Being John Malkovich [DVD] [1999]

  • SKU: 5155011
  • Release Date: 11/05/2002
  • Rating: R
Spike Jonze's brilliantly offbeat directorial debut Being John Malkovich comes to DVD in an equally quirky and thoughtful package that sheds light on the film's most intriguing details and also reflects its absurdist, fantastic feel. Along with the disc's widescreen transfer and Dolby 2.0 Surround Sound, it also includes special features that provide a portal into the film's world. The theatrical trailer and the pseudo-scientific TV spots -- which explain the film's concept of the "ripe vessel" -- are just the beginning: full-screen versions of the "7 1/2 Floor Orientation" and "American Arts & Culture Presents: John Horatio Malkovich, Dance of Despair and Disillusionment" also pull the viewer deeper into the Malkovich universe. The interview with a car-sick Jonze and the "page with nothing on it" are almost as inspiredly nonsensical as the film itself, while "An Intimate Portrait of Puppeteering" -- a profile of Being John Malkovich's expert puppeteer Phil Huber -- and "An Intimate Portrait of Background Driving" -- an interview with one of the drivers in the scenes shot on the New Jersey Turnpike -- provide more practical insight into the making of the film. Cast and crew filmographies and Jonze's photo album complete this enjoyable and detailed disc. Though commentaries with Jonze, John Cusack, Catherine Keener, or any of the film's other stars would have elevated this disc from "very good" to "great," like the film, it doesn't need to explain everything to be a unique and worthwhile work.

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    88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 8)

    Special Features

    • Widescreen 16x9
    • Theatrical trailer
    • TV spots
    • 7 1/2 floor orientation
    • American Arts & Culture presents: "John Horatio Malkovich, Dance of Despair and Disillusionment"
    • A page with nothing on it
    • Intimate portrait of the art of puppeteering
    • Interview with director Spike Jonze
    • The art of background driving
    • Cast and crew biographies & filmographies
    • Spike's photo album
    • English 5.1
    • English 2.0 Dolby Surround
    • English closed captioned
    • French subtitled
    • Spanish subtitled
    • Aspect ratio 1.85:1
    • Dual layered


    Being John Malkovich
    Would you pay money to journey into the mind of the star of Con Air, The Killing Fields, and In The Line of Fire? Puppeteer Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) is having money problems, so he takes a temporary job as a file clerk on the seventh-and-a-half floor of a large office building. One day, while rummaging behind a cabinet, he finds a small door that leads to the center of the mind of actor John Malkovich (played by, you guessed it, John Malkovich). Craig discovers that entering the portal allows him to become John Malkovich for a brief spell, and in time he and his beautiful but aloof co-worker Maxine (Catherine Keener) get the bright idea to charge admission for the privilege of spending 15 minutes inside the head of a well-known actor. Malkovich realizes that something strange is happening to him, but can do little to stop it, as strangers take over his mind for a quarter-hour at a time. Craig's wife, Lotte (Cameron Diaz), eventually takes a trip into Malkovich's psyche, and she soon finds herself in love with Maxine, with whom Malkovich has an affair; meanwhile, Maxine in time becomes infatuated with both Craig and Lotte, but only when they're inside Malkovich. Being John Malkovich marked the feature-length debut of director Spike Jonze, who previously made acclaimed music videos for Weezer, the Beastie Boys, and the Breeders, among others. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • John Cusack
      John Cusack - Craig Schwartz
    • Cameron Diaz
      Cameron Diaz - Lotte Schwartz
    • Catherine Keener
      Catherine Keener - Maxine Lund
    • John Malkovich
      John Malkovich - John Malkovich
    • Orson Bean
      Orson Bean - Dr. Lester

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    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Very Interesting Concept


      This movie has great philosophical value in that it makes you think what if it's not you in there thinking for yourself, but someone else that can control you. It reminds me a lot of the matrix films of today, obviously this movie coming first. Overall I don't think this movie really stands the test of time very well. Cameron Diaz should be embarrassed with how she looks in this movie as well as John Cusack. The movie however, offers a little bit of comedy with romance, and just be prepared for a whole lot of weird as the concept of this movie alone is just a wild idea. Three stars for holding interest. On HD-DVD the movie looks good, but will likely be coming out on Blu Ray due to recent business decisions.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      good film, captivates you until the end

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Although it seems like a quirky name and subject, it is a good evening of entertainment. Professionals can do a good job and in this film they certainly do!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Brilliant movie


      This movie is great. Add the fact that it is in Hi Definition on the best platform, and you have a masterpiece!!! Very good story here, well written and well acted.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good flick...wierd, but good.

      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I enjoy Mr. Malcovich...I enjoy Mr. Cusak. Those two together make movie magic...even if lately John Cusak has been putting out nonsense.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      On Blu-ray with all the goodies

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      One of the greatest films made, the criterion collection has all the extra goodies.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      pretty good movie

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      this wasn't one of my favorite movies, but it was pretty good. the acting was good and it was quite funny at times.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Must own!!!

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Great complex movie. This movie stands out as unique from the rest. Must see.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      very good use.A+++++++++++++++++.very happy purchase.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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