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Dinner For Five - Season 1 (2001)

Jon Favreau - Host , Chris Donovan  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jon Favreau - Host
  • Directors: Chris Donovan
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 314 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002CHJL4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,159 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dinner For Five - Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Option to view enhanced commentary
  • Never-before-seen segments
  • Outtakes
  • Guest biographies

Editorial Reviews

For filmmakers, actors, and chronic eavesdroppers everywhere, it's a genuine privilege to watch Dinner for Five. As the congenial host of this popular Independent Film Channel series, writer-director-actor Jon Favreau (Swingers, Made, Elf) brings credibility and comfort to his diverse quartets of dinner guests, all of whom bring valuable experience to the table. A certain degree of self-censorship and diplomacy is to be expected, but Favreau encourages candor and free-flowing insight as his famous guests enjoy fine dining in trendy Los Angeles and New York City restaurants (all of which are detailed in a helpful bonus feature). The series' intimate concept allows guests (from TV, film, and music) to loosen up and reveal the inner workings of the entertainment world, primarily (but not exclusively) from the perspective of acting--a profession as heartbreaking as it is potentially rewarding.

Ranging from 22 to 40 minutes in length, each episode offers memorable revelations (Joey Lauren Adams dislikes filming love scenes; Peter Falk calls Vince Vaughn a scene-stealing "hog"; Ron Livingstone jokingly speculates about "the dark side" of Tom Hanks; Juliette Lewis recalls her famous seduction scene with Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear; Marilyn Manson demonstrates his strip-club expertise, etc.), and the entire series has an irresistible fly-on-the-wall allure, dispensing with the regimented phoniness of publicity-driven interviews. Best of all is the editing and thorough but mostly-invisible camera coverage that captures revealing, non-verbal exchanges between guests who may or may not know or like each other, and whose expressions speak volumes about themselves and the people around them. Varying degrees of looseness or tension turn Dinner for Five into a frequently humorous, universally revealing social experiment, removed from the context of celebrity. These are real people with real quirks and foibles, and that makes them all the more endearing, especially in deleted segments and outtakes. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

"...not just informative and entertaining, but also pleasantly authentic and intimate in the current publicist-controlled era." -Elle Magazine

"It's free-flowing and uncensored, sometimes vulgar, sometimes deep, sometimes just plain silly - like a real dinner party, because it is a real dinner party." -The Philadelphia Inquirer

"It's funny, original and refreshing, this series with candid roundtable discussions and good grub. Between bites, Jon Favreau's dinner guests tell what goes on behind the scenes in filmmaking and television production . . . It's as uncanny as it is unscripted . . . Even if you can't dine and converse with them - the camera direction makes you feel you re part of the conversation. The dinner talk often involves meaty issues concerning the entertainment industry and offers a look at life beyond the red carpet." -Hollywood Reporter

Jon Favreau sits down with a variety of personalities from film, television, music and comedy, for a frank discussion of the acting industry, the movie business in general, and of celebrity, in particular. DVD extras include: Option to view enhanced commentary, Never before seen segments, Outtakes, Guest biographies

WITH APPEARANCES BY: Joey Lauren Adams, Sean Astin, Jennifer Beals, Peter Berg, Saffron Burrows, Sean Combs, David Cross, Andy Dick, Illeana Douglas, Peter Falk, Adam Goldberg, Jeff Goldblum, Seth Green, Daryl Hannah, Bonnie Hunt, Kevin James, Famke Janssen, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Juliette Lewis, Ron Livingston, Faizon Love, Marilyn Manson, Cheri Oteri, Vincent Pastore, Martha Plimpton, Kevin Pollak, Michael Rapaport, Ray Romano, Garry Shandling, Sarah Silverman, Christian Slater, Rod Steiger, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Vince Vaughn, Fred Willard and Dwight Yoakam.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By P.F.C.
...he has put together a series worth its weight in gold. Improbably, just by putting himself and four other actors together around a table for dinner and conversation, he brings out fascinating and incredibly funny human beings behind the faces. Although a few episodes fall flat, failing to achieve the right chemistry, more often than not they're suprisingly perfect. I love it. Favreau has, as The Onion used to put it, justified his existence.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Finally Coming!! June 27, 2004
Having been a long time Jon Favreau fan I was "jazzed" when this Series debuted on IFC. Having missed a few and failed to tape some episodes, I was equally jazzed that there was a dvd, complete w/ extra footage. However it was only available as a Netflix Rental. I searched and searched Amazon and other sites, but to no avail. Finally I see it is going to be commercially released.
The format is perfect. Although edited, it really captures the spirit of a truly impromptu, unrehearsed get-together. It feels like your sitting down to dinner with your Favorite stars or just good old friends. I'm glad to see IFC is continuing the series and hope there are more dvd's to follow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment January 14, 2008
By Craigly
Real dinner talk between some people we may have heard of or seen. Some of it rude and crude, some erudite and enlightening, runs the spectrum but quite unrehearsed thus insightful. Got a lot out of it
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Please enter a title for your review September 16, 2005
I bought this mainly as a Sarah Silverman fan, not even realising the host, Jon Favreau, was the guy behind Swingers, a movie I also liked, so that was gravy. I was expecting each episode to be one continuous conversation, but it's edited down to a series of 3-minute sections. Faizon Love making fun of Ice Cube's directorial abilities was funny. Marilyn Manson seemed surprisingly grounded. Joey Lauren Adams talks about being mistaken for Renee Zellweger. I like that the show exists and that I got to see it, but I expected something more.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dinner for Five February 27, 2006
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I have loved Jon Favreau since I first saw Swingers and Made. He definitely needs to stick to production and directing. I first saw the show on IFC and immediately liked it. I watched every episode after that, but I had missed the first couple episodes so I bought this and I it watch every couple of months. I really hope that the other seasons are released on DVD as well since I cannot watch it anymore.
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Dinner for Five, Season 2 on DVD? When?
Tell me about it. I see that has a link to a site where you can create you're own DVD of Dinner For Five clips. There are a few complete episodes available as well but I can't tell if they're from the first season or later entries in the series. What I'd really like is a DVD release... Read More
Aug 24, 2007 by B. Lamb |  See all 2 posts
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