Being John Malkovich (1999)
Friday 12th July 2019
Bringing new meaning to the term "identity crisis", this instant cult comedy classic boldly launched the feature film careers of its director, music video visionary Spike Jonze (nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Director), and its screenwriter, master of existentialist surrealism Charlie Kaufman (also nominated for Best Original Screenplay).
Failed street puppeteer Craig Schwarz (John Cusack) reluctantly gets a day job to financially support his wife Lotte (Cameron Diaz) and their ever-expanding menagerie of pets crammed in their small, dimly-lit New York apartment. Working as a file clerk at LesterCorp (hidden away on Floor 7½ of the Mertin-Flemmer Building), and spending most of his time lusting after aloof co-worker Maxine (Catherine Keener), one day Craig makes an incredible discovery: a hidden door that leads to a portal inside the mind of legendary actor John Malkovich (John Malkovich), seeing life through his eyes for fifteen minutes before being spat back out on the New Jersey Turnpike. Craig shares his find with Lotte and Maxine, leading to an explosive chain of events that will irrevocably alter the lives of all three... and of course, the unwitting Malkovich.
Jonze and Kaufman's unforgettably bizarre comic fantasia is as hilarious and innovative now as it was two decades ago, and is presented here in a director-approved transfer with bonus features never released in the UK before.
Being John Malkovich is released on Blu-ray 12th August 2019 from Arrow Academy.
- Restoration from a 4K scan of the original camera negative, approved by director Spike Jonze
- High Definition Blu-Ray (1080p) presentation
- Original 5.1 DTS-HD master audio
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- Select scene audio commentary by Jonze's friend and competitor, the filmmaker Michel Gondry
- John Malkovich and John Hodgman, a conversation between the film's star and the actor, writer and humourist
- Strung Along, a new featurette exploring the marionettes made for the film, featuring newly shot interviews with puppeteer Phillip Huber and puppeteer/designer/fabricators Kamela Portuges and Lee Armstrong
- The 7½ Floor, the full corporate orientation video seen in the film
- John Horatio Malkovich: Dance of Despair and Disillusionment, the full pseudo-documentary seen in the film
- An Interview with Director Spike Jonze, a brief chat with the director filmed under duress by Lance Bangs
- An Intimate Portrait of the Art of Puppeteering, an archival interview with Phillip Huber filmed on set by Lance Bangs
- An Intimate Portrait of the Art of Background Driving, an on-set look at filming the New Jersey Turnpike sequence by Lance Bangs
- Don't Enter Here, There Is Nothing Here
- Theatrical trailer and TV spots
- Image gallery
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Vero Navarro
- First Pressing Only: Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Roger Keen and archive publicity materials
Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.