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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
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment / Mongrel Media
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0051T47ZE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,905 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The Perfect Host

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Format: Blu-ray
John Taylor (Clayne Crawford) is on the lam. We get flashbacks of the crime as the movie progresses. He cons his way into the home of Warwick Wilson (David Hyde Pierce) who reminded me of a gay Kelsey Grammer. John's picture is all over the news. Before the party can start, John reveals to Warwick who he is and forces him to call the guests and cancel the party that is supposed to start in 15 minutes.

The film has an early twist...and a few lesser twists later on, so don't expect to see too much on plot in reviews. We have seen this kind of thing in horror movies, but the delightful soundtrack turned this movie into an excellent dark quirky comedy. I suggest you watch the movie and not read Amazon reviews on this one as they give away too much of the twist.

F-bomb, no sex, no nudity.
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Format: DVD
I admit that I checked out the Perfect Host because the description was listed to pertain to dinner parties (the film was an unexpected find after looking up another celebrity who is affiliated with their own tv show and past talk show but is not on this movie). I definitely watched a movie that was different than expected but taught me quite a bit about imagination, story –telling, character profiles, and plot development. You have the character of John Taylor (played by Clayne Crawford) whose life dramatically changes when he decides to go into the house of Warwick Wilson (David Hyde Pierce) after only telling him part of the story on how he might have got there. Taylor realizes what he got himself into after some time at Wilson’s house. Wilson gives Taylor a strange wine that induces hallucinations and the ability to imagine whole scenes and people unexpectedly. Taylor’s memories of a woman who he fell in love with Simone Demarchi come into his mind (played by Magahn Perry). Warwick Wilson’s neighbor Cathy Knight (played by Helen Reddy) becomes concerned for what she hears next door but goes back to her house after Wilson uses his storytelling skills to explain away the moans and his dinner guest wearing a mask. Viewers are then eventually treated to the job where Wilson is actually employed at to where his coworkers (played by both Joseph Will and Nathaniel Parker) are unaware of Wilson’s double life persona.
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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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