Blu-ray, DVD Release: Being John Malkovich

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Being John Malkovich movie scene

There's more than enough Malkovich to go around in the the 1999 surreal comedy Being John Malkovich.

From director Spike Jonze (Adaptation) and writer Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) comes this one-of-a-kind 1999 comedy wherein a mystical portal hidden in an anonymous office building leads all entrants into the cerebral cortex of actor John Malkovich for fifteen minutes, before spitting them out onto the side of the New Jersey Turnpike.

Melancholy marionettes, office drudgery, surreal comedy and a cast that includes Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher), John Cusack (Hot Tub Time Machine), Catherine Keener (Trust) and Malkovich (Red) himself take center stage in this film, which was both a critical and commercial success upon its theatrical release.

Presented with a new high-definition digital restoration and a 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition, the discs contains the following features:

• New selected-scene audio commentary featuring filmmaker Michel Gondry
• New behind-the-scenes documentary by filmmaker Lance Bangs
• Conversation between John Malkovich and humorist John Hodgman
• Director Spike Jonze discusses Being John Malkovich via photos from its production
Two films within the film: 7½ Floor Orientation and “American Arts & Culture” Presents John Horatio Malkovich, “Dance of Despair and Disillusionment”
An Intimate Portrait of the Art of Puppeteering, a documentary by Bangs
• Trailer and TV spots
• A booklet featuring a conversation between Jonze and pop-culture critic Perkus Tooth


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.