Being There (1979) [Criterion Collection]

Being There (1979) [Criterion Collection]

Being There (1979) [Criterion Collection, Spine #864]
DVD Video, 2 x DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 720x480 | 2hr 10mn | 6.84 Gb + 5.21 Gb
English: Dolby AC3, 1 ch
Subtitles: English
Genre: Comedy, Drama
IMDB Rating: 8.0/10 (54.703 votes)
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Director: Hal Ashby
Writers: Jerzy Kosinski
Stars: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas

A simple-minded gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television. After a run in with a limousine, he ends up a guest of a woman (Eve) and her husband Ben, an influential but sickly businessman. Now called Chauncey Gardner, Chance becomes friend and confidante to Ben, and an unlikely political insider.




Title: BeingThere.79.Cr.D9.D1
Size: 6.84 Gb ( 7 169 700,00 KBytes ) - DVD-9
Enabled regions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

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Play Length: 02:10:04
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English (Dolby AC3, 1 ch)
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English

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Title: BeingThere.79.Cr.D9.D2
Size: 5.21 Gb ( 5 463 586,00 KBytes ) - DVD-9
Enabled regions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

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Extras DVD1:
- Trailer and TV Spots - original U.S. theatrical trailer and TV Spots for Being There


Screenshots DVD1(click to enlarge to original size):

Being There (1979) [Criterion Collection]

Being There (1979) [Criterion Collection]

Being There (1979) [Criterion Collection]

Being There (1979) [Criterion Collection]

Being There (1979) [Criterion Collection]

Being There (1979) [Criterion Collection]

Being There (1979) [Criterion Collection]




Extras DVD2:
- The Making of Being There - this brand new documentary examines the genesis of Being There and the unusual structure of its narrative as well as Hal Ashby's working methods and legacy. Included in it are new interviews with producer Andrew Braunsberg, screenwriter/editor Robert C. Jones (Coming Home, Being There), cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, and editor Don Zimmerman. The documentary was produced exclusively for Criterion in 2017.
- Hal Ashby at the AFI - presented here is a long audio excerpt from a seminar Hal Ashby gave at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles in January 1980. In it the director discusses the shooting of Being There, Peter Seller's performance and the preparation work he did prior to the shoot, Jerzy Kosinski and Bob Jones' scripts, his transition from editing to directing, some of the characterizations in the film, etc.
- Jerzy Kosinski and Dick Cavett - presented here is archival episode of The Dick Cavett Show in which writer Jerzy Kosinski discusses the adaptation of his novel, his approach to writing and contextualizing in different languages, his childhood years in Europe and his emigration to the United States, etc. The episode was broadcast on February 2, 1979.
- Peter Sellers - presented here is footage from archival interviews which Peter Sellers gave for two TV networks. In these excerpts, the actor discusses some of the favorite characters he played during the years and his contribution to Being There.
- Deleted Scenes and Outtakes - a collection of deleted scenes, outtakes, and an alternate ending.
- Promo Reel - a hilarious archival promo piece for Being There featuring director Hal Ashby and Peter Seller.


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