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Nashville (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray + DVD]

Keith Carradine , Karen Black , Robert Altman    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
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This cornerstone of 1970s American moviemaking from Robert Altman (Short Cuts) is a panoramic view of the country’s political and entertainment landscapes, set in the nation’s music capital. Nashville weaves the stories of twenty-four characters—from country star to wannabe to reporter to waitress—into a cinematic tapestry that is equal parts comedy, tragedy, and musical. Many members of the astonishing cast wrote and performed their own songs live on location, which lends another layer to the film’s quirky authenticity. Altman’s ability to get to the heart of American life via its eccentric byways was never put to better use than in this grand, rollicking triumph, which barrels forward to an unforgettable conclusion. DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • New 2K digital film restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray • Audio commentary featuring director Robert Altman • New documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with actors Keith Carradine, Michael Murphy, Allan Nicholls, and Lily Tomlin, assistant director Alan Rudolph, and screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury • Archival interviews with Altman • Behind-the-scenes footage • Demos of Carradine singing his songs from the film • Trailer • One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all format available in both editions • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Molly Haskell

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another can't miss Criterion! Jan. 22 2014
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Ordered this blu ray over the holidays based on an amazon recommendation and I'm glad I did! Great film, great blu ray. Strongly recommended for film lovers only.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NASHVILLE Dec 17 2013
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This is a gift along with Double Life of Veronique for my grandson who is in his last year of University in film studies. Was on his Christmas wish list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Altman is a 'genius' Sept. 28 2013
By Robert A. Brewer - Published on Amazon.com
As have others, I too am excited beyond belief that Criterion is honoring NASHVILLE to be part of its series. I will never forget when I first saw the film in New York City. I was stunned by it and stood in line a second and third time. It became one of the most astonishing metaphors of our political climate at the time. The film, created in Altman's improvisational style, is flooded with truthful work: Lily Tomlin, Keith Carradine, Ronee Blakley, Henry Gibson, Shelley Duvall, Geraldine Chaplin, Karen Black, Ned Beatty, and the list goes on --- all contributed enormously to the mosaic. With echoes of the Kennedy assassination, the film marches on as a panorama of the sixties. The film almost ridicules Nashville and I can understand why the country capital was not celebrating its perspective The plot occurs in five days with intertwining story lines and the Grand Ole Opry as a backdrop. The finale is a political rally for one Hal Philip Walker, a radical conservative, a kind of Ted Cruz candidate, who we never see, but who's presence is always felt. His 'appearance' at the end is symbolized by a black limo surrounded by men in dark suits. It is very eerie and, we sense, not good for America. With this incredible work, Altman paints a haunting vision for our country's future that makes one weep for our fore fathers. This is a kind of Requiem Mass to the powerful climax that makes it almost without equal. The film feels like an accident which is part of its delight. But really --- it is a calculated vision by one of America's most misunderstood directors. Robert Altman is a 'genius' and I do not use that word without it being earned. My favorite moment? Oh, there are many. Gwen Welles sad striptease, the long shot of Ms Tomlin's lost face as she hears Carradine sing "I'm Easy," the Oscar winning song. The film also won the Oscar for best Original Score, each actor writing his/her own songs, an astonishing feat! Should we discuss Altman's sense of risk taking or collaboration? Do your film collection a favor and buy NASHVILLE. I hope that Criterion has recent interviews with cast members. The great Pauline Kael, the Moses of film critics, called the film, "The funniest epic vision of America ever to reach the screen." I did not sense Altman's humor as much as I felt his sadness. But, it is the kind of film, that creates another more personal film is those who witness it. I hope that Criterion dissects the Altman process. I would be interested to know how much of a script the actors received since Altman was very secretive about this project. Do I sound excited? Yes. I cannot wait to watch this film again, as only Criterion can do it right. I hope that they don't disappoint us. --Robert Brewer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another thrilled Criterion Customer because of NASHVILLE Oct. 21 2013
By KRabin - Published on Amazon.com
Is NASHVILLE Robert Altman's greatest work? When you have a maverick filmmaker like Altman, who has a unique sensibility, which leads to unique films -- M*A*S*H, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Quintet, Short Cuts, Three Women, Cookie's Fortune -- and the list goes on and on, how do you choose a "greatest?" His films are ground-breaking, entertaining, poignant, and always incredibly photographed and acted. NASHVILLE is certainly up there -- one of the top five, and one of the most haunting. It's stayed with me all the years since I saw it during its premiere run in New York.

Criterion is the best video label in the U.S., and buying/owning their disks is my biggest vice (since I periodically ignore my bank account to do so). The fact that Criterion has chosen NASHVILLE is both fitting and exciting news. It's a natural for their collection. I'll be one of the first on line to buy it, and am looking forward to the bonus materials as well.

I note with strong interest that NASHVILLE, along with a couple of other releases coming in December, will be released in dual-format DVD and Blu-Ray editions -- a change in policy at Criterion. Although it raises the price point a bit, I think it's a good idea for someone like me who doesn't have a Blu-Ray player but is always just about to buy one. All my Criterions (about 100) are in DVD, but NASHVILLE is one of those releases that makes me feel like it's time to upgrade. I'm personally glad I don't have to choose DVD (current) versus Blu-Ray (near future) and pay all that money again if I want to upgrade certain disks. I assume Criterion will be doing dual-format releases with everything new from this point on . . . and that's fine with me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Criterion Takes On Altman's Seminal Masterwork: Special Features Announced Sept. 24 2013
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Of all the Criterion announcements this year, the arrival of Robert Altman's "Nashville" is the one that has excited me the most. I've owned the film on a clunky two cassette VHS format and on a rather unimpressive DVD presentation. One of the seminal films of the seventies, this is an important work that has demanded a more worthy distribution. When I saw that Criterion had picked up the title, I rushed over here to see what features would be included on the release. Alas, there was nothing yet listed. I thought that other "Nashville" enthusiasts might also be chomping at the bit in anticipation, so I thought I'd give a shout-out to the announced pre-release features. This is for informational purposes only, I have not previewed this edition. I can say with confidence, however, that any restoration can't help but be a noticeable improvement over the poor quality discs currently on the market.

The "Nashville" release will be in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack having one Blu-ray disc and 2 DVDs. It has been confirmed that all Bonus content will be available in both formats. The movie gets a new 2K digital restoration with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray.

Bonus Features:
Audio commentary featuring director Robert Altman
New documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with actors Keith Carradine, Michael Murphy, Allan Nicholls, and Lily Tomlin; assistant director Alan Rudolph; and screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury
Archival interviews with Altman
Behind-the-scenes footage
Demos of Carradine singing his songs from the film
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Molly Haskell

"Nashville" is, perhaps, one of the experiences in my life that made me really evaluate the art of filmmaking. That's why I am so extremely passionate and supportive of it. For me, it was right up there with "The Godfather, Parts 1 and 2" as the benchmark for artistic vision in the seventies. In trademark Altman style, he collected 24 disparate characters and set them loose in the country music capital. As actors collided with real personalities, it was a kaleidoscope of semi-improvisational brilliance. Touching on the nature of celebrity, political apathy, and social unrest, Altman's unparalleled cast wove together an unforgettable tapestry that truly represents a specificity of time and place. I remember the impact the movie had on me on my first viewing. It redefined everything I knew about narrative structure and storytelling. I'd never seen anything like it, and it's still Altman's masterpiece. He has utilized a similar style many times since, but the way he brings together the storylines for the stunning finale of "Nashville" still resonates powerfully. I watch it every couple of years.

The movie was nominated for multiple Oscars (including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress Lily Tomlin, and Best Supporting Actress Ronee Blakely) and won for Keith Carradine's Original Song "I'm Easy." Altman encouraged the actors to develop their own musical material and songs, and it sure paid off for Carradine. The movie's cast is a who's who of the time, many members of Altman's regular stable. In addition to those already mentioned, the movie features many others including Barbara Harris, Karen Black, Scott Glenn, Ned Beatty, Geraldine Chaplin, Shelly Duvall, Henry Gibson, Allen Garfield, Jeff Goldblum, and Michael Murrphy. The movie is smart, funny, and even tragic by turns and there are tons of musical performances. It may not be for everyone, but it's an undeniable American classic that is just as challenging and vital today as it was in 1975. Thanks Criterion! KGHarris, 9/13.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Altman Americana Dec 19 2013
By Ronald E. Weber - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie is the ultimate Altman, a kaleidoscope of 24 eccentric, fully drawn, oddballs, going about their lives in the weekend's time in mid a 70's version of the Country-Western capital. Hilarious, complex, innovative, and amazingly well acted. So, it's a modern GRAND HOTEL, times five, and told in modern terms; each of the characters is just dropped into the story with no elaborate exposition. Although this technique has become almost cliched in the 38 years since its debut (think of the structure of PULP FICTION, which is just a rip-off of NASHVILLE with blood and coarse language instead of parody c-w music,) the original is still a landmark. It's one of those movies that come along and are so different that they make changes in the way we perceive movies , like SUNSET BLVD. or BONNIE AND CLYDE, two films that were way out-of-step with normal Hollywood pictures at the time of their release and became classics that influenced everything afterward.
One of my top-ten movies, along with SHORT CUTS, Altman's '93 re-do, in LA, with an even bigger, more exotic cast of loons. Both of them are cut form the same rare, elaborate, highly-colored cloth and are essential for your wardrobe, if you have an attention span that can stand the challenge of the style.
The new Criterion repressing is vastly superior to the earlier Paramount release, with the same commentary track as before, but a wonderful making-of documentary with cast members and production people. The colors are wonderful, and the sandpaper grain that was present in the theatres (and i saw it five times when it was in release) has been sanded down, very nicely, except for the first few frames of the titles, which are supposed to look well-worn. HIGHEST RATING.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Criterion Gives Altman's Magnum Opus Glorious Blu-Ray Treatment! Dec 3 2013
By Cubist - Published on Amazon.com
This new Blu-Ray transfer of Nashville looks fantastic. The folks at Criterion should be commended for the excellent work on this print, which has incredible detail while still retaining its filmic look.

Ported over from the Paramount DVD is an audio commentary by director Robert Altman. He points out that the cast wrote most of the songs for their respective characters. All of the songs were done in-house and when Nashville came out, local musicians hated them. He mentions the numerous collaborators he worked with in front of and behind the camera and explains what they contributed to the film. Altman talks about his approach to filmmaking on this engaging and informative track.

Also included is a fantastic theatrical trailer.

“The Making of Nashville” features various cast and crew members recounting their roles in this film and what they think of it now. They talk about getting involved in the project and their impressions of Altman. The likes of Keith Carradine, Lily Tomlin and Michael Murphy (among several others) tell fantastic filming anecdotes and address Altman’s famous habit of encouraging improvisation among the cast.

“Robert Altman’s Interviews” include one from 1975 when Nashville was released and he talks about the film’s origins and how hard it was to get made. There’s another from 2000 where he talks about various cast members and their characters. The third one is from 2002 and Altman points out how Nashville was the first big film where he had complete creative control.

There is “Behind the Scenes” footage of the opening traffic jam scene and the final one. It’s pretty grainy and has no sound, but does provide a glimpse into Altman’s working methods.

Finally, there is “Keith Carradine Demo.” Altman recorded three songs that the actor created fro the film in his office and you can listen to each one.
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