The Christopher Guest Collection (3 DVD box set) - £7.99 delivered
The Christopher Guest Collection  (3 DVD box set) - £7.99 delivered

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Synopsis : Three features. 'Waiting For Guffman', 'Best In Show' and 'A Mighty Wind', a documentary-style comedy about three folk groups from the 1960s who get together for a reunion concert in New York in memory of a recently deceased folk manager.

Waiting For Guffman (1996): The sometimes dry, sometimes bubbling satire of Middle America which chronicles Corky Corkoran's efforts to put on a spectacle commemorating the town of Blain's 150th anniversary. A mockumentary style film, Corky drafts an odd assortment of local talent to bring his historical revue to life, including the local dentist and a travel agent couple. The film spoofs the 'artistic' pretensions of Corky and his cast in an affectionate and knowing style.

Best In Show (2000): The tension is unmistakable, the excitement is mounting and the heady scent of competition is in the air at the prestigious Mayflower Dog Show. Director Christopher Guest takes a hilarious look at dog show participants (and the pooches who love them). Meet the contestants - a fly fishing bloodhound owner, Shih-Tzu- doting partners, squabbling yuppie lawyers, a bimbo trophy wife and her poodle handler and a married couple who dream up little ditties about terriers - all fighting for the 'Best In Show' prize. A barking mad mockumentary.

A Mighty Wind (2003): This mockumentary takes you behind the scenes of a reunion of the 1960's folk trio the Folksmen as they prepare for a show at The Town Hall to memorialize a recently deceased concert promoter

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http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/G/02/x-locale/common/customer-reviews/stars-5-0.gifAt last, Waiting For Guffman available in the UK, 22 Sep 2006

The fact that you can now buy Waiting For Guffman on Region 2 DVD should be enough to make you part with your cash. Having Best In Show and A Mighty Wind included in the box-set as well, and being able to get all three for under twelve quid, makes this a no-brainer. I paid fifteen quid to import the Region 1 version of WFG from Canada four years ago, when I realised you couldn't get it on Region 2 at the time.

All Chris Guest films follow a similar theme - a documentary style first introduced in This Is Spinal Tap, concentrating on a group of people who all feel very passionate about the subject of the movie. In this case, we have an amateur dramatics scenario, where residents of the Missourri town of Blaine are putting on a show to illustrate Blaine's history in celebration of it's 150th anniversary (WFG). We have a dog show (BIS), with the cameras following the owners and their dogs as they make their way across country to Philadelphia, for the US version of Crufts. And we have a folk music festival (AMW), where the son of a recently passed-away record producer and band manager decides that as a tribute to his father it would be nice to put on a show, starring three of the acts that his father represented.

The castlist in all three movies pretty much stars the same people, Guest himself, along with Eugene Levy, Fred Willard (hooray), Parker Posey, Michael Hitchcock, Catharine O'Hara, Bob Balaban, Don Lake and Larry Miller appear in all three, and many many more appear in two of the three. All the actors are exceptional improvisers, and all three movies include deleted scenes, a commentary by Guest and Levy, and extra features such as a full show of the concert in A Mighty Wind. And it's nice to see the three Spinal Tappers together again...
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