Being John Malkovich (#611)

Type: New Blu-Ray

Have you ever wanted to be someone else? Or, more specifically, have you ever wanted to crawl through a portal hidden in an anonymous office building and thereby enter the cerebral cortex of John Malkovich for fifteen minutes, before being spat out on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike? Then director Spike Jonze and writer Charlie Kaufman have the movie for you. Melancholy marionettes, office drudgery, a frizzy-haired Cameron Diaz—but that’s not all! Surrealism, possession, John Cusack, a domesticated primate, Freud, Catherine Keener, non sequiturs, and absolutely no romance! But wait: get your Being John Malkovich now and we’ll throw in emasculation, slapstick, Abelard and Heloise, and extra Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich!


New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director Spike Jonze, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

New selected-scene audio commentary featuring Jonze’s friend and competitor the filmmaker Michel Gondry

New behind-the-scenes documentary by filmmaker Lance Bangs

New conversation between actor John Malkovich and humorist John Hodgman

New interview with Jonze in which he discusses his on-set photos

Two films within the film: 7½ Floor Orientation and “American Arts & Culture” Presents John Horatio Malkovich: “Dance of Despair and Disillusionment”

An Intimate Portrait of the Art of Puppeteering, a documentary by Bangs

Trailer and TV spots

English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

PLUS: A booklet featuring a conversation between Jonze and pop-culture critic Perkus Tooth