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The Pest [DVD] [1996]

Release Date:06/13/2000
Paul Miller's con-man comedy The Pest comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while Spanish and Portuguese soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. Subtitles are available in all three of those languages as well as Chinese, Korean, and Thai. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director, a making-of featurette, talent files, and trailers. This is a solid release from Columbia/TriStar.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6 out of 6)

    Special Features

    • Widescreen and Full Screen Presentations
    • Digitally Mastered Audio & Anamorphic Video
    • Interactive Menus
    • Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital) and 2-Channel (Dolby Surround), Spanish, Portuguese
    • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai
    • Talent Files
    • Director's Commentary
    • Making-Of Featurette
    • Theatrical Trailers
    • Scene Selections


    The Pest
    A man discovers the lighter side of being hunted down like an animal in this manic comedy. Pestario "Pest" Vargas (John Leguizamo) is a low-rent con man from Miami's South Beach who has fallen deeply in debt to ill-tempered members of the Scottish mafia (complete with kilts). Desperate to raise $50,000 to stave off having his legs broken (and possibly turned into haggis), Vargas takes an offer for a very high paying one day job from Gustav Shank (Jeffrey Jones), a German businessman visiting Florida. However, it's not until later that Vargas finds out what Shank has in mind. The lunatic white supremacist Shank transports Vargas to his island compound, Little Germany, and announces that he will hunt him as wild game. If Vargas can survive for 24 hours, he gets the cash; otherwise, his head will join the others stuffed and mounted on Shank's wall. Can Vargas' speed, agility, and gift for cheesy impersonations save him now? John Leguizamo co-wrote The Pest's original story, loosely based on the classic adventure tale The Most Dangerous Game. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • John Leguizamo
      John Leguizamo - Pestario (Pest) Vargas
    • Jeffrey Jones
      Jeffrey Jones - Gustav Shank
    • Edoardo Ballerini
      Edoardo Ballerini - Himmel Shank
    • Freddy Rodriguez
      Freddy Rodriguez - Ninja
    • Tammy Townsend
      Tammy Townsend - Xantha Kent

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