- BLU-RAY COMEDY (CEN)
Blu-ray special edition.
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Warden, Melvyn Douglas, Richard Dysart, Richard Basehart, Ruth Attaway, Dave Clennon, Fran Brill.
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, 
1 videodisc (130 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded sheet (color illustrations ; 17 cm.)
MPAA rating: PG.
"In one of his most finely tuned performances, Peter Sellers plays the pure-hearted, childlike Chance, a gardener who is forced into the wilds of Washington, D.C., when his wealthy guardian dies. Shocked to discover that the real world doesn't respond to the click of a remote, Chance stumbles into celebrity after being taken under the wing of a tycoon, who mistakes his protégé's horticultural mumblings for sagacious pronouncements on life and politics, and whose wife targets Chance as the object of her desire. Adapted from a novel by Jerzy Kosinski, this satire, both deeply melancholy and hilarious, is the culmination of Hal Ashy's remarkable string of films in the 1970s and a carefully modulated examination of the ideals, anxieties and media-fueled delusions that shaped American culture during that decade"--Container.
Based on the novel by Jerzy Kosinski.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1979.
Special features: New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Celeb 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.