Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - March, 2013


"Best in Show" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen



Following multiple competitors in the Mayflower Dog Show, held annually in Philadelphia.  Making the trip to the event and Gerry and Cookie Fleck from Florida, who have a Norwich Terrier they dote on while continually running into ex-boyfriends of Cookie while on the road.  Meg and Hamilton Swan are corporate attorneys with a weimaraner who is lovely, but seems to be ill at ease thanks to their continual fighting and bickering.  Harlan Pepper runs a fishing shop down in North Carolina, but also raises bloodhounds and has made the trip with Hubert to attempt to win this year.  These people, and many more, will stop at nothing and seemingly lose touch with reality in their attempt to claim Best in Show.  


  • Warner Brothers
  • 2000, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hour, 30 Minutes
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Parker Posey
  • Directed by: Christopher Guest
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Discussions
  • Language: Yes


I’ve really tried to like the mockumentary films.  I really enjoy The Office on television, but even after trying to watch This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, and Best in Show multiple times, the film concept just leaves me bored.  I can see where people will find it funny, but overall I just find it to be a drag.  I did highly enjoy Fred Willard’s turn as the idiotic sports broadcaster that is providing absolutely inane color commentary about the dog show, as his character is far too close to actual sports announcers.  On the whole, however, I just did not enjoy the film at all, but I think it’s that I just don’t like the style of film.


Best in Show was originally shot on 16mm in normal lighting, so it isn’t a wonderful source material to begin with.  You certainly won’t be bringing this out to show off your home theater, as fine detail is lacking and black levels get pretty muddled at times.  Colors are nice and natural, and they didn’t go crazy with edge enhancement or anything really bad, but it just is a bit of a soft looking film.

The soundtrack itself is also very laid back.  There’s very little use of the surrounds, as it is mostly a dialogue focused film.  Ambience is lacking for the most part, perhaps in keeping with the documentary style, but dialogue is typically fairly clear.  It’s very serviceable, but they also don’t take advantage of what they could with a 5.1 discrete track.


There is commentary from the director and Eugene Levy, as well as countless deleted scenes, and the trailer.