Best in Show [DVD] [2000]

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.
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Overall Customer Rating:
88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (14 out of 16)

Special Features


  • Feature-length audio commentary by director/co-writer Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy
  • Deleted scenes
  • Interactive menus
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Cast/filmmaker profiles
  • Scene access
  • Languages & subtitles: English & Français [dubbed in Quebec]

Synopsis


Best in Show
After parodying the idiosyncrasies of community theater devotees in the mock documentary Waiting for Guffman, actor/director Christopher Guest returns with another semi-improvised comedy that casts a satirical gaze on the world of championship dog breeding and training. A television crew is on hand to document the prestigious Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show, and competition is fierce among the canine devotees vying for top honors. Salesman Gerry Fleck (Eugene Levy), who is cursed with two left feet (literally), and his wife Cookie (Catherine O'Hara) have entered their Norwich terrier "Winky" in competition. Wealthy and neurotic Meg Swan (Parker Posey) and her husband Hamilton (Michael Hitchcock) are on hand with their Weimaraner "Beatrice," who they fear may have been traumatized by watching them have sex. Scott Donlan (John Michael Higgins) and his life partner Stefan Vanderhoof (Michael McKean) have brought their beloved Shih Tzu, "Miss Agnes." Trophy wife Sherri Ann Cabot (Jennifer Coolidge) and her close friend and trainer Christy Cummings (Jane Lynch) are hoping for a repeat victory for Sheri's poodle, "Rhapsody In White." And Harlan Pepper (Guest), who operates a store specializing in fly-fishing gear, has decided to stack his bloodhound "Hubert" up against the competition. In addition to Guest, Levy, O'Hara, and Posey, several other veterans of the Waiting for Guffman cast also appear in Best in Show, including Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, and Lewis Arquette. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Eugene Levy
    Eugene Levy - Gerry Fleck
  • Catherine O'Hara
    Catherine O'Hara - Cookie Fleck
  • Christopher Guest
    Christopher Guest - Harlan Pepper
  • John Michael Higgins
    John Michael Higgins - Scott Donlon
  • Michael McKean
    Michael McKean - Stefan Vanderhoof



Customer rating

4.3
94%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    "Best In Show" Maybe not Quite the Best in Show

    Posted
    Obren

    While I find nothing wrong with Christopher Guest's mocumentary films, and most times even find them incredibly funny, "Best in Show" missed its mark. Guest continously puts his characters in awkwardly funny situations that should make the audience chuckle and laugh, but I just don't see it. The film took itself seriously, which is what most audiences loved, but I just couldn't get into it. The characters are well-rounded and developed, the cinematography is great, but the plot just doesn't go anywhere. The film follows a group of dog show contestants on the road to, and during, a national dog show competition, and that's it. There's no twists. There's no punch lines. There's no relief factor. Just ninety minutes of owners and their dogs. I could have easily gotten the same thing on Animal Planet.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bow Wow!

    Posted
    Tardo317
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    Christopher Guest knows how to get the best from his company of improv geniuses. The comedy comes up and bites you and you are soon laughing and shaking your head and totally engaged in the lives of the silly people involved in the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. The usual suspects are here: Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Michael McKean, John Michael Higgins, Parker Posey, Bob Balaban and Jennifer Coolidge. This film made Jane Lynch a star. I have seen BEST IN SHOW at least 30 times and still laugh. A perfect mocumentary. As a fan of great comedy and a former student of improvisation, I can only bow in admiration for this great comedy team.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Aged mockumentary film is still funny

    Posted
    JobJohn
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    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 would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Christopher Guest movie means its good

    Posted
    RogerFan
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A good movie for the whole family

    Posted
    Kimmie
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    I am sure if you are an animal lover, or into competition you could appreciate what the cast goes through. There are parts that are funny, but I didn't find it hilarious. If I was asked would I recommend this movie to a friend, I would have to say my answer would be in between.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hilarious for anyone who has seen a dog show

    Posted
    TheSchmidt
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    I had been looking for this on blu ray forever! Found it for $5 at Best Buy and was thrilled. If you have ever seen a dog show while flipping through the channels, this movie will make you laugh. It is done as a comedic/parody documentary. I loved it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Odd Yet Impressive Comedy

    Posted
    kevman79

    'Best In Show' is an obscure yet impressive comedy that far exceeded my expectations. Presented here on this well put together dvd, featuring an anamorphic widescreen transfer and some good bonus material, including commentary. Recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best Best In Show

    Posted
    btska
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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