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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051T47ZE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,591 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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The Perfect Host

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By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 10 2013
Format: DVD
Bank Robber John Taylor (Clayne Crawford `The Baytown Outlaws' and `24') has done a heist at his girlfriend's bank, during the job he gets injured. After realising `the feds' are on to him, he seeks refuge by going to ground. After initial lack of success he rings the doorbell of seemingly nice if slightly anal type in Warwick Wilson (David Hyde-Pierce `Frasier's brother). After spinning a convoluted story of being mugged and knowing a mutual friend, he is admitted to the home of Warwick.

Warwick is expecting guests for a dinner party of perfectly cooked and presented roast duck with all the most fashionable trimmings. However, it is not long before his inquisitiveness coupled with Taylor's lack of panache start to reveal his true motives. What unfurls is a deliciously dark story of hidden desires, warped minds petulant double crosses and plot twists from plot twist Nirvana.

To say any more is trespassing in the area of plot spoiling so I will desist. This though was just broodingly sinister in places full of dark humour with David Hyde-Pierce acting himself out of the ball park in a bravura performance of the completely over the top, host. There is even a superbly camp dance routine to Rose Royce's seventies disco hit - `Car wash' - marvellous.

As you can tell I ruddy loved this; it insinuates itself into your mind for an illuminating 94 minutes and left me wanting more, it was simply effortlessly brilliant. This is one of those films that had passed me by but is one that should have garnered a whole lot more attention; there is a cameo by Helen Reddy too. So for a gripping, original, funny and supremely dark piece of cinema this one should fit the bill perfectly.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
David Hyde Pierce is known to most as Niles, Frasier Crane's brother on the TV series Frasier. A pompous, arrogant, extremely wealthy, obnoxious yet insecure, psychiatrist.
In this movie he plays a very different role. I do not want to provide any spoilers, but I will say, if you want to see the true acting skills of David Hyde Pierce, watch this movie. I was hooked from the very beginning. An outstanding performance entwined with twists and turns one would never expect. It may seem slow to start, but in order to appreciate the full experience of this performance, one must watch until the very end.
One of the best movies I have seen in quite some time. Enjoy.
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By Antonio M on Nov. 20 2014
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Excellent movie
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marie Harley on June 7 2013
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I am a huge fan of David Hyde Pierce. I was sooooooooooooooo disappointed with this movie. No recommendation from me.
He should never have made it it spoiled his image as far as I am concerned.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
Bizarre and Oddly Hysterical Sept. 27 2011
By Lawrence J. Ukolowicz - Published on
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I think I am still in shock over this one. David Hyde Pierce is astounding in this very unorthodox role of madness. This movie is so psychotically delicious, it borders on "The Twilight Zone" meets "Sybil". I found myself laughing out of total fear of the incredulousness and depravity of the host. I did NOT see the ending coming or even imagine it to end the way it did. The movie works on several levels, from the civility of human compassion to the intrinsically evil darkness of insanity. This movie is a must see for those looking for just plain "bizarre". This one had me thinking about it several days after watching it and when a movie does that to me, then my appetite for wanting 'something different in a movie' is complete. Get ready for one heck of an emotional roller coaster ride. Mr. Pierce, WOW.
80 of 89 people found the following review helpful
Suspenseful, crazy-weird movie- DHP is great as always July 2 2011
By PAOPAO - Published on
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This movie will never, ever play anywhere near me, so I was pretty excited to see that Amazon had it available for download at the same time it is being released in the theatre.
It did not disappoint. It's a very character-driven suspense story. Even if you figure out the first couple twists, you won't guess them all. This movie does not contain a lot of graphic violence; very important if you are like me and don't have a high tolerance for that.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
The Perfect Host-not a comedy-strange but enjoyable. Oct. 18 2011
By Jose Lopez - Published on
Format: DVD
I am not a fan of Strange movies but The Perfect Host with it's surprising twist and ending which you could have not seen coming seems to be a must watch just for the story alone and why Looks can be deceiving,a Victim turns the tables and it is one long strange and at times amusingly funny but yet sad situation after another.I highly recommend it,In the End,it is the most enjoyable and not sickening at all.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
"Lighten up, John, it's a party!" Oct. 9 2011
By DanD - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
Few movies successfully manage to combine horror and comedy, probably because the two are such perfect companions, people tend to over-think it. Not so with Nick Tomnay's THE PERFECT HOST. The film is laugh-out-loud hilarious in spots, while in others it is genuinely disturbing.

For it's first two-thirds, HOST is almost existential. It revolves around bank robber John (Clayne Crawford) who seeks refuge in the house of unassuming Warwick (David Hyde Pierce), who turns out to be a lunatic. There's no mistaking it: this is Hyde Pierce's film, and for much of it he nimbly carries its weight on his unpredictable shoulders. Known for the straight-arrow role of Niles Crane on "Frasier," Pierce clearly has a ball slipping into Warwick's blood-soaked shoes, dancing and humping air and twisting about like a nine-year-old on an acid trip. He's utterly mesmerizing, switching from serious to hilarious with a snap of his fingers. More surprisingly, Crawford is a perfect match. He has some hilarious moments himself ("I can't speak for everyone else, but I'm having a great time"), but he's really meant to induce a sense of pathos, which he manages admirably. For a good part of the film, he's swooning in an alcoholic daze, and yet he still manages to be likeable and sympathetic. His role is rather thankless (Pierce is the star here), but Crawford doesn't seem to mind much.

If the film had remained with these two characters, inside Warwick's house, it would have been an easy 5 stars. Unfortunately, somebody somewhere must have expressed concerns about having a film revolving around one clearly unsympathetic character, and another who pushes the limits. So they creates some flashbacks, and then a few scenes with detectives, and then tacked on a third act that sort-of brings everything together. Or at least it's meant to; what it actually does is destroy the point of the film. THE PERFECT HOST is, indeed, near-perfect when it's confined inside the walls of Warwick's house; but when the outside world encroaches, it becomes entangled in its own innate unbelievability, and so flounders. The film is still worth a few viewings, but that third act is so utterly disappointing, it makes you wish the filmmakers had been a little more gutsy.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Low budget-limited release-but w/twists to keep you on your toes Oct. 18 2011
By TJ-STL - Published on
Format: DVD
Anyone could logically give this movie one star or five. It was a low budget limited release movie that came out in video at about the same time. The character Warrick played by David Pierce fits the part just right. And paraphrasing one reviewer, who stated; "you might guess one or two of the twists but you will NOT guess them all or the ending". The acting and the story would fit a Hitchcock movie or be labeled as a dark mystery or even as a dark comedy but it keeps the viewer wondering what is going to happen next, or who Warrick really is! I watched in on Netflix and might have bought it but nobody around me had the video. LOOK FOR IT AND WATCH IT!

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