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Being There Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 1979 | 130 min | Rated PG | Feb 03, 2009

Being There (Blu-ray)
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Codec: VC-1 (23.08 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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English: Dolby TrueHD 2.0
English: Dolby Digital Mono
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
French: Dolby Digital Mono

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Video 3.5 of 53.5
Audio 3.1 of 53.1
Extras 2.6 of 52.6
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Being There

 (1979)

Being There Blu-ray offers decent video and mediocre audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

'Being There' is based on Jerzy Kosinski's short comic novel about a simpleton, Chance (Peter Sellers), raised in isolation whose only education came from watching TV. When he's forced out of the house where he worked as a gardener by the death of the wealthy recluse who raised him from infancy, he's fortuitously struck by a limousine carrying Eve Rand (Shirley MacLaine), the wife of a wealthy industrialist. He's mistaken, because of his well-tailored suits, for a man of means and taken to dinner with her husband, Ben Rand (Melvyn Douglas). There, as Chauncy Gardner, his blank affect is taken for seriousness and his literal pronouncements about gardening for metaphoric economic predictions. Soon he's meeting the president (Jack Warden) of the United States and becoming a star on TV--where he's a natural.

For more about Being There and the Being There Blu-ray release, see Being There Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden, Richard Basehart, Richard Dysart
Director: Hal Ashby

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Being There Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

Being There arrives on Blu-ray with a remastered 1080p/VC-1 transfer that makes the previously-released DVD edition obsolete. The palette still fluctuates from sublime (during scenes shot in the famed Biltmore House) to drab (when Chance first emerges onto the streets of Washington), but it suits the filmic qualities of the transfer, the director's reliance on natural lighting, and the overall tone of the story. Primaries are occasionally quite strong, pairing with deep shadows to imbue the image with a passable amount of depth (especially for a catalog title). More importantly, contrast is pleasing and I didn't always have the sense that I was watching a thirty-year old production. Admittedly, dimensionality is a bit flat, but it seems to be a product of the original print rather than the technical transfer. Detail has received some noticeable improvements and -- while softness often creeps its way into the presentation -- textures are more refined, skin appears more lifelike, and fine foreground elements have been rendered with more care. It helps that the image is in good shape. Aside from a few minor nicks and specks, I didn't detect any significant print damage, much less any artifacting, source noise, or banding that might ruin the otherwise satisfying visuals.

What I did catch was a heavier application of post-processing noise reduction (DNR) that reduces the picture's clarity, slightly smears fast moving objects, and leaves some of the actors looking a tad waxy in several key close-ups. Some minor edge enhancement pops up from time to time as well, but it never affects the image as drastically as the DNR. For better or worse, Being There has never looked better and isn't the likeliest of candidates to receive a more faithful high-def transfer in the future. It would be a shame for anyone to miss this intriguing classic simply because of its visual shortcomings. It may not be perfect, but it's noteworthy enough to warrant some attention.


Being There Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  2.5 of 5

Being There features a remastered Dolby TrueHD 2.0 mix (despite the fact that the cover lists it as a lossless mono track) and a standard Dolby Digital 1.0 track. While the TrueHD stereo route is definitely the way to go for slightly fuller sonics, I'm sure purists will appreciate Warner's decision to include the film's original mono mix as well. Regardless, both presentations lack rear speaker support, a dedicated LFE channel, and any semblance of a soundfield. Dialogue is generally warm, intelligible and well prioritized, but frequent air hiss, warbled anomalies, and normalization irregularities make it difficult to immerse oneself in the film. I continually found myself bumping the volume up and down to make my listening experience more comfortable. Thankfully, the film's lighthearted score doesn't get lost in the process. Everything from the jazzy 2001: A Space Odyssey nod in the first act to the sorrowful piano melodies that accompany Chance's misadventures sound relatively crisp and inviting.

All things considered, Being There's audio lossless stereo and standard mono tracks are a bit disappointing and sound dated compared to better catalog remixes on the market. Diehard fans of the film probably won't care, but I was left wanting more.



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Kevin Smith is living the dream. His first film, 'Clerks', which he both wrote and directed, was made for under $30,000, yet managed to make 100 times that at the box office. Since then, he continues to write and direct his own films, has seen relative box office ...

Warner Reveals Being There Specs - November 10, 2008

Warner Home Video has revealed the technical specs and special features for the upcoming Blu-ray release of 'Being There', which is due to hit store shelves on February 3rd. Video will be presented as 1080p VC-1 accompanied by a mono Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. This ...

More Details Revealed for Being There Blu-ray - October 15, 2008

Warner Home Video has revealed more information regarding the upcoming Blu-ray release of 'Being There', which is due to hit store shelves on February 3rd, day-and-date with the DVD re-release. For this classic Peter Sellers comedy, video will be presented in 1080p ...

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