M*A*S*H

M*A*S*H

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Director: Robert Altman

Cast: Elliott Gould, Donald Sutherland, Tom Skerritt

     
 

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This single-disc edition of Robert Altman's M*A*S*H is a pared-down version of the two-disc set that is also still available. The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves Altman's original aspect ratio. This is a film that really plays terribly when seen in pan-and-scan. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo,See more details below

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Overview

This single-disc edition of Robert Altman's M*A*S*H is a pared-down version of the two-disc set that is also still available. The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves Altman's original aspect ratio. This is a film that really plays terribly when seen in pan-and-scan. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo, while a second English soundtrack and a French soundtrack have both been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Altman. He discusses what it was like filming on the Fox set at a time when two other war films were being created, the initial tension on the set between himself and his two lead actors, how the film came together in the editing room, and various other aspects of the production. The two-disc set offers more whistles and bells, but this release is an outstanding way to acquire this fine film.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Robert Altman's commercial breakthrough after more than 20 years of industrial films and TV work felt like an joyous shout of liberation, not just for its director but for the film industry in general. MASH was proudly, gleefully, gloriously rude as few previous Hollywood films had dared to be, not just in using four-letter words but also in a hilariously casual disrespect for religion, the military, American foreign policy, and authority as a whole. While more than a few war movies had centered on men who served despite personal misgivings, MASH put us in the middle of an Army field hospital in the Korean War, where draftee doctors openly decry the "regular Army clowns" as they try to patch up the butchered bodies of soldiers from both sides. The cynical disrespect and mordant wit of Hawkeye Pierce (Donald Sutherland) and Trapper John McIntyre (Elliott Gould) was a breath of enjoyably foul air, especially at a time when America was knee-deep in the ongoing Vietnam War, the obvious analogue of the movie's Korean conflict. Also, the film's willingness to set its cheerfully vulgar humor (often involving sex and nudity) against the bloody horrors of surgery and the unpleasant realities of war was both brave and appropriate; it gave the film a moral balance that allowed the comic and tragic elements to temper each other. If MASH seems more controlled than much of Altman's later work, his trademark free-floating, catch-things-on-the-sly ambience is very much in evidence, as if he'd been wanting to make this sort of film his whole life and wasn't going to blow his chance. He didn't. Also, if you know MASH as a TV series and not as a film, prepare yourself for a shock; there is nothing warm and fuzzy about this movie, which makes its bitter humor all the more effective.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2004
UPC:
0024543133452
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
265

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Robert Altman; AMC backstory: "M*A*S*H"; Still gallery; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elliott Gould Trapper John
Donald Sutherland Hawkeye
Tom Skerritt Duke
Sally Kellerman Maj. Hot Lips
Jo Ann Pflug Lt. Dish
Robert Duvall Maj. Frank Burns
Roger Bowen Col. Henry Blake
Gary Burghoff Radar O'Reilly
David Arkin Sgt. major Vollmer
Fred Williamson Spearchucker
Michael Murphy Me lay
Kim Atwood Ho-Jon
Indus Arthur Lt. Leslie
John Schuck Painless Pole
Dawne Damon Capt. Scorch
Carl Gottlieb Ugly John
Tamara Horrocks Captain "Knocko" McCarthy
G. Wood Gen. Hammond
Corey John Fischer Capt. Bandini
Stephen Altman Hawkeye's 5-Year-Old Son
Cathleen Cordell Nurse Corps Captain
Ben Davidson Actor
Dale Ishimoto Korean Doctors
Jerry Jones Motor Pool Sergeant
Ted Knight Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Harvey Levine 2nd Lieutenant
Weaver Levy Actor
Marvin Miller Offstage Dialog
Lloyd Nelson Actor
Ken Prymus Pfc. Seidman
Fran Tarkenton Actor
Bobby Troup Sgt. Gorman
Timothy Brown Corporal Judson
Bud Cort Pvt. Lorenzo Boone
Danny Goldman Capt. Murrhardt
René Auberjonois Dago Red
Buck Buchanan Football Player (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Robert Altman Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Michael Altman Songwriter
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
Leon Ericksen Associate Producer
Bernard Freericks Sound/Sound Designer
Danford B. Greene Editor
Ring Lardner Screenwriter
Arthur Lonergan Art Director
Johnny Mandel Score Composer
Ingo Preminger Producer
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Jack Martin Smith Art Director,Production Designer
Herbert Spencer Musical Direction/Supervision
Harold E. Stine Cinematographer
Dan Striepeke Makeup

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [:13]
2. Then There Was... Korea [2:50]
3. The Captain's Jeep [2:02]
4. The New Cutters [2:02]
5. Major Burns [3:50]
6. Meatball Surgery [2:01]
7. Onward, Christian Soldiers [1:24]
8. The Chest Cutter [4:03]
9. Meet Trapper John [:59]
10. Trapper's TKO [3:37]
11. A Regular Army Clown [:56]
12. Hail to the Chief [:46]
13. A Good Team [:59]
14. The Big Broadcast [1:59]
15. Hello, Hot Lips [4:11]
16. Burns Goes Berserk [1:35]
17. Walt's Problem [3:19]
18. Suicide Is Painless [1:05]
19. The Last Supper [3:02]
20. An Act of Mercy [4:24]
21. The Blood Donor [1:59]
22. A Real Blonde [1:36]
23. Going to Town [2:04]
24. Drafted [4:29]
25. A Special Assignment [1:26]
26. The Pros From Dover [:46]
27. "Me Lay" Marston [5:05]
28. Waiting for the Colonel [3:48]
29. Fixing the Fistula [1:00]
30. Back to Korea [1:24]
31. Duke & Hot Lips [5:18]
32. The General's Proposition [1:24]
33. Football Practice [1:23]
34. The Big Game [2:29]
35. Pressing the Bets [2:31]
36. The Ringer [1:54]
37. Number 88's Sister [:12]
38. The Winning Play [1:51]
39. Going Home [2:25]
40. Tonight's Move... [1:21]

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