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Best in Show

Best in ShowThe world of competitive dog-breeding may seem like a subject too ripe for parody. But with Best in Show (2000, 1 hr., 30 mins., PG-13),...Best in ShowComedyPT89MPG-13The world of competitive dog-breeding may seem like a subject too ripe for parody. But with Best in Show (2000, 1 hr., 30 mins., PG-13),...2013-02-15Bob BalabanEd Begley Jr.Patrick CranshawFred WillardBob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr., Patrick Cranshaw, Fred WillardWarner Bros., Warner Home Video

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Best in Show

Genre: Comedy; Starring: Jennifer Coolidge, Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, Michael McKean, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr., Patrick Cranshaw, Fred Willard; Director: Christopher Guest; Author: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy; Producer (group): Castle Rock Productions; Runtime (in minutes): 89; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Warner Bros., Warner Home Video

The world of competitive dog-breeding may seem like a subject too ripe for parody. But with Best in Show (2000, 1 hr., 30 mins., PG-13), Christopher Guest and his deadpan band of merry pranksters push right past satire into the rabidly surreal. Sadly, a new Blu-ray of the canine mockumentary doesn’t throw any fresh EXTRAS into the mix, but the old ones are still as tasty as a bag of Snausages — especially a deliciously dry commentary from Guest and Eugene Levy, who appear dumbstruck by Fred Willard’s freestyle riffing as dim TV announcer Buck Laughlin (”And to think that in some countries these dogs are eaten!”). Someone give that man a Snausage. B+

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