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Reviewed May 15th, 2000 by David Colby


Every wonder why murders and rapists commit the crimes they do? Ever think that maybe somebody else is controlling them like a puppet? Imagine if you could enter a body and control it, knowing you have absolutely no retribution for your actions. What could/would you do? Being John Malkovich explores this idea. Not on the dark side so much, but people being able to experience what it is to be someone else. John Cusack plays Craig Schwartz a struggling puppeteer who finds himself having to take work as a filing clerk. The unusual thing about the filing clerk job is that the building is only like 5 feet tall. Well Craig finds this little door behind one of the filing cabinets that leads into John Malkovich. You can only be him for 15 minutes and then you end up on the side of a New Jersey road. Weird yes, but the whole concept intrigues you to watch what happens. So a Weird Story line, but how is the DVD?

The audio is superb. You are treated to a full Dolby Digital 5.1 and will blow you away from the first second. While this is not an action movie the use of the surround and the full 5.1 is prevalent. Everything comes through crystal clear with out a hint of hiss or fade.

This DVD comes packed with a widescreen anamorphic transfer at a ratio of 1.85:1. The picture is very sharp and vibrant with no hints of grain or artifacting. You do notice some specs on the original film here and there, but this is very minor compared to absolute clarity of the transfer.

The extra’s are excellent on this DVD. They include: Theatrical Trailer, TV Spots, 7 1/2 floor orientation, American Arts & Culture Presents John Haratio Malkovich, Dance of Despair and Disillusionment, A Page with Nothing on it, An Intimate Portrait of the art of Puppeteering, An Interview with Director Spike Jonze, An intimate Portrait of the Art of Background Driving, Cas & Crew Bio’s and even a photo Album. Wow what a Special Edition. Find this gem for under $20 and get it! Again the younger audience will lose interest quickly in this film, so make it a late nighter.


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