Being There (Criterion Collection)

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Description

Being There (Criterion Collection) 1979 Blu-ray
In one of his most finely tuned performances, Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther) plays the pure-hearted Chance, a gardener forced out of moneyed seclusion and into the urban wilds of Washington, D.C., after the death of his employer. Shocked to discover that the real world doesn’t respond to the click of a remote, Chance stumbles haplessly into celebrity after being taken under the wing of a tycoon (Oscar winner Melvyn Douglas), who mistakes his new protégé’s mumbling about horticulture for sagacious pronouncements on life and politics, and whose wife (The Apartment’s Shirley MacLaine) targets Chance as the object of her desire. Adapted from a novel by Jerzy Kosinski, this hilarious, deeply melancholy satire marks the culmination a remarkable string of films by Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude) in the 1970s, and serves as a carefully modulated examination of the ideals, anxieties, and media-fueled delusions that shaped American culture during that decade.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
New documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with members of the
production team
Excerpts from a 1980 American Film Institute seminar with director Hal Ashby
Author Jerzy Kosinksi in a 1979 appearance on The Dick Cavett Show
Appearances from 1980 by actor Peter Sellers on NBC’s Today and The Don Lane Show
Promo reel featuring Sellers and Ashby
Trailer and TV spots
Deleted scene, outtakes, and an alternate ending
PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Harris”
DIRECTOR: Hal Ashby

Additional information

Weight 0.52 oz
Dimensions 1 × 7.5 × 5.5 in
Subtitles

ENG

Aspect Ratio

2.35

Territory

US

ColorBW

Color