Being There

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  • After Being There was published, author Jerzy Kosinski got a telegram from its lead character Chance the Gardener: ?Available in my garden or outside of it.? Kosinski dialed the accompanying telephone number and Peter Sellers answered. Sellers indeed got the part and gave an indelible performance (scoring National Board of Review and Golden Globe? Best Actor Awards and an Academy Award? nomination

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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 02/03/2009 Run time: 130 minutes… More >>

Being There

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  1. The Story of Barack Obama.

    Maybe. Time will tell. But more importantly, this is one of the best films of the past thirty years, with a flawless performance by the late great Peter Sellers as Chance the gardener, an elegant, polite gentleman who woos the elite in Washington, all of them blind to the fact that poor Chance is a sheltered simpleton who looks good on camera but hasn’t the foggiest clue what’s going on around him. He likes to watch tv. That’s about it. Out on the streets for the first time in his fiftysomething years, he encounters a gang of hoodlums and tries to turn them off with the remote control he took from the house he was forced to vacate. At first, he’s really quite heartbreaking, and you want him to be saved by the stupid elitists, and lo and behold, he is. And then you are relieved. And then, towards the end of the movie, you say, hey, wait a minute, this idiot may be headed for the White House and then WE will be the ones in the heartbreaking situation. Some may say this is the story of Dubya, too. Well, maybe. I’m an ignorant, nonpartisan independent registered voter. All I know for sure is, with all these Pink Panther remakes and Austin Powers-Love Guru comedies all over the place (and I love both Steve Martin and Mike Myers, who is our modern day Sellers), all one can say is, I miss you so much, Peter Sellers!!! (oh, I should add, the extras on this dvd are REALLY disappointing – I was looking forward to a full length making of documentary, not Illeana Douglas talking on camera for 15 minutes – that + a trailer is all you get, no commentary nothing – I know just about everyone from the picture is dead but couldn’t Shirley MacLaine step out of one of her lives for a couple of hours to reminisce? Apparently the blu-ray version has a bit more on it but still not much – so this is the new marketing scheme from now on – entice people to buy blue-ray players and start their collection all over again by offering more extras on blu-ray dvds – in this economy? Not fair!)

    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. I luved this movie. After watching this movie I understand Obama mania around the world. Particularly the fascination of Obama by the Europeans.

    Peter Sellers portrayed the Obama character so well…It was uncanny.

    All Obama fans need to rent and watch this flick.

    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. He was George Bush. Smart TexasRedhead sees Being There as a prophecy of Obama. She overlooked her own state. Being There is the story of an ignorant politician from the Lone Star State who served as President for two terms with a total lack of curiosity and without any clue about how to govern a nation. Unfortunately, he was not the first U.S. President to hold those credentials: Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan come immediately to mind (the last two come from California I am sorry to say).

    But I digress… Peter Sellers was amazing as Chance the gardener. But I have to give this performance second place to his brilliant acting in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, where he plays three characters that carry the entire film. Third place would go to another Kubrick movie, Lolita, where Sellers plays writer Clare Quilty.

    I also don’t want to overlook the hilarious Pink Panther series, where Sellars plays Clouseau, the inept police inspector. The best of these is probably A Shot in the Dark.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Version: U.S.A / Warner / Region A, B, C

    Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

    VC-1 BD-50 / AACS / Advanced Profile 3

    Running time: 2:09:50

    Movie size: 26,38 GB

    Disc size: 28,14 GB

    Total bit rate: 27.09 Mbps

    Average video bit rate: 23.08 Mbps

    Dolby TrueHD Audio English 579 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 579 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps)

    Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

    Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

    Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

    Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese

    Number of chapters: 36

    Special features subtitles: French, Japanese

    #Deleted Scenes (SD – 1m:42s)

    #Outtakes: Gag Reel (SD – 6m:15s)

    #Featurette: Memories from Being There (SD – 14m:48s)

    #Theatrical Trailer (SD – 2m:44s)
    Rating: 2 / 5

  5. Like many, I suspect, I am quite bitter about having to replace all my dvds with blu-rays. First I had to replace vinyl with cassette, cassette with cd, cd with ipod, beta with vhs, vhs with laserdisc, laserdisc with letterboxed laserdisc, letterboxed laserdisc with full screen dvd, full screen dvd with widescreen dvd, widescreen dvd with special edition dvd, special edition #1 dvd with special edition #2 dvd, 10th anniversary edition dvds with 15th anniversary dvds, 15th anniversary dvds with 20th anniversary edition dvds, now dvd with blu-ray, and of course the pattern will start over again. That should be against the law! And the MPAA polices us the moviegoers, saying, oh the movie industry loses billions to those evil people with their dvd burners who put the billions in their pockets to begin with – we are the ones who are constantly ripped off like this!! Oh, I’m on a soapbox and I don’t care. Anyway, great classic, Peter Sellers is wonderful, this blu-ray stinks. Hardly any extras whatsoever.

    Rating: 1 / 5

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