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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Being There

Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 50 (July 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Warden, Melvyn Douglas, Richard Dysart & Richard Basehart

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 1.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Special Features
Includes cast and crew biographies, the theatrical trailer, and an awards list.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 938
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 130
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1979
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/03/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Hal Ashby
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the novel by Jerzey Kosinski, Being There stars Peter Sellers as Chance The Gardener, a dimwitted man who has lived his whole life within the walls of a Washington, DC townhome and only knows the outside world by way of television. Upon the death of his employer, Chance suddenly finds himself loose on the world, and his simple philosophy of life

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a dated picture that is nicely rendered. Images can be soft at times, but detail is nicely presented. Colors are nicely saturated with accurate fleshtones and generally deep blacks. Edge enhancement is minor, and infrequently noticed. The picture seems slightly dim, with mediocre contrast and shadow detail. The darker scenes are wanting in definition, exhibiting minimal perception between darkness and picture black. There are occasional source element artifacts apparent, while some scenes are clean and solid. (Suzanne Hodges)

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