One might imagine that the short, witty "mockumentaries" that result from Christopher Guest's improvisational filmmaking style leave a lot of good footage on the cutting room floor. As the Best in Show DVD demonstrates, that assumption is correct. The DVD includes no less than 17 deleted scenes, some of which originally appeared on the film's promotional website, and many of which could have easily been included in the film without bloating its running time. It's clear that Guest's editing instincts were at their most ruthless when it came to his own scenes as low-key babbler Harlan Pepper, but each of the main characters shows up at least once in this section. A nice touch is that the scenes can all be viewed in succession without returning to the menu after each one. The DVD also includes information on eight cast members and one theatrical trailer. Guest's commentary with co-star and co-writer Eugene Levy is disappointingly sparse, considering their off-screen friendships with many of their castmates and the fact that they have five of the movie's credits between them. There are a few minor sound-related glitches, as actors' voices sometimes shift channels abruptly and for no clear reason. The best reason to own this DVD is the movie itself and the material that never made it to the big screen.
Feature-length audio commentary by director/co-writer Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy
Languages & subtitles: English & Français [dubbed in Quebec]
Best in show is a movie from the group that made other mockumentaries like "A Mighty Wind" and "Waiting for Guffman." For those unfamiliar with this style of film it is presented as a legitimate documentary but the characters are put into outrageous situations and often react in exaggerated ways. This can either be extremely funny or painful to watch depending on the editing and delivery but fortunately in this case it works most of the time.
For those that already own the DVD this is a slight upgrade and the sharper video is certainly appreciated on an HDTV but it isn't a major overhaul which should be expected at this price point.
I love most of Christopher Guest's movies. He brings a hilarious sensibility to most of the movies that he directs and stars in. I look out specifically for a movie to watch with his name on it.
This is a great movie about crazy pet owners with Stars like Eugene Levy. I really like the fun the characters in this movie bring. It is easy to relax and watch this movie and it has lots of rewatchability.
This is the best this movie has looked - well worth the upgrade from my DVD. Keeps original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Hilarious movie - if you haven't seen it yet, don't hesitate a blind buy at these low prices.