directed by Hal Ashby
USA 1979

Sellers plays a mentally retarded gardener who has lived and worked all of his life inside the walls of an elegant Washington town house. The house and its garden are in a decaying inner city neighborhood, but what goes on outside is of no concern to Sellers: He tends his garden, he watches television, he is fed on schedule by the domestic staff; he is content.

Then one day the master of the house dies. The household is disbanded. Sellers, impeccably dressed in his employer's privately tailored wardrobe, wanders out into the city. He takes along the one possession he'll probably need: His remote-control TV channel switcher. He uses it almost immediately; surrounded by hostile street kids, he imperturbably tries to switch channels to make them go away. He hasn't figured out that, outside his garden, life isn't television.

Excerpt from Roger Ebert's review located HERE


Theatrical Release: 19 December 1979

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Daniel Mott for the Review!

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Runtime 2:04:24 (4% PAL speedup)

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.95 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English and French, Spanish DUB (Dolby Digital Mono 1.0)
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Romanian, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Polish, Turkish, Hungarian, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer
• Cast & Crew (text screen)
• Awards (text screen)

DVD Release Date: 10 February 2003

Chapters 36


Comments A well done if bare bones release by Warner. The transfer is good with some grain peeking through. There's occasional dust specks and small scratches. It looks quite dark sometimes but it's hard to tell if it's wrong not having seen the theatrical presentation. The mono sound is clear and free of distortions. Subtitles are white and look a bit blocky but they're well done and easy to read.

This is in my opinion one of Sellers finest roles and a definitive must-see Ashby '70s film. Some complements would be nice, maybe Warner will restore and re-release this in the future. Until then, this DVD is very commendable. A tip is to stop the film before the studio tacked on out-takes credits begin to roll.

 - Daniel Mott



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