Robert Altman Collection

Robert Altman Collection

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Director: Robert Altman, Carol Burnett, Elliott Gould, Paul Dooley

Cast: Robert Altman, Carol Burnett, Elliott Gould, Paul Dooley

     
 
Although he was not the first choice to direct it, the hit black comedy M*A*S*H established Robert Altman as one of the leading figures of Hollywood's 1970s generation of innovative and irreverent young filmmakers. Scripted by Hollywood veteran Ring Lardner, Jr., this war comedy details the

Overview

Although he was not the first choice to direct it, the hit black comedy M*A*S*H established Robert Altman as one of the leading figures of Hollywood's 1970s generation of innovative and irreverent young filmmakers. Scripted by Hollywood veteran Ring Lardner, Jr., this war comedy details the exploits of military doctors and nurses at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in the Korean War. Between exceptionally gory hospital shifts and countless rounds of martinis, wisecracking surgeons Hawkeye Pierce (Donald Sutherland) and Trapper John McIntyre (Elliott Gould) make it their business to undercut the smug, moralistic pretensions of Bible-thumper Maj. Frank Burns (Robert Duvall) and Army true-believer Maj. "Hot Lips" Houlihan (Sally Kellerman). Abetted by such other hedonists as Duke Forrest (Tom Skerritt) and Painless Pole (John Schuck), as well as such (relative) innocents as Radar O'Reilly (Gary Burghoff), Hawkeye and Trapper John drive Burns and Houlihan crazy while engaging in such additional blasphemies as taking a medical trip to Japan to play golf, staging a mock Last Supper to cure Painless's momentary erectile dysfunction, and using any means necessary to win an inter-M*A*S*H football game. M*A*S*H creates a casual, chaotic atmosphere emphasizing the constant noise and activity of a surgical unit near battle lines; it marked the beginning of Altman's sustained formal experiments with widescreen photography, zoom lenses, and overlapping sound and dialogue, further enhancing the atmosphere with the improvisational ensemble acting for which Altman's films quickly became known. Although the on-screen war was not Vietnam, MASH's satiric target was obvious in 1970, and Vietnam War-weary and counter-culturally hip audiences responded to Altman's nose-thumbing attitude towards all kinds of authority and embraced the film's frankly tasteless yet evocative humor and its anti-war, anti-Establishment, anti-religion stance. M*A*S*H became the third most popular film of 1970 after Love Story and Airport, and it was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. As further evidence of the changes in Hollywood's politics, blacklist survivor Lardner won the Oscar for his screenplay. M*A*S*H began Altman's systematic 1970s effort to revise classic Hollywood genres in light of contemporary American values, and it gave him the financial clout to make even more experimental and critical films like McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), California Split (1974), and Nashville (1975). It also inspired the long-running TV series starring Alan Alda as Hawkeye and Burghoff as Radar. With its formal and attitudinal impudence, and its great popularity, M*A*S*H was one more confirmation in 1970 that a Hollywood "New Wave" had arrived. Special Edition VHS includes the entire restored, and uncut version as well as the "AMC Backstory" featurette.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2006
UPC:
0024543231578
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
7:50:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Disc 1 "MASH (single disc)":; Commentary with Robert Altman, AMC Backstory Featurette, Still Gallery and Theatrical Trailer; ; Disc 2 "A Perfect Couple":; Perspective on Altman's Perfect Couple, Theatrical Trailer, Fox Flix: A Wedding, Quintet, & MASH; ; Disc 3 "Quintet":; Developing the World of Quintet, Theatrical Trailer, Fox Flix: A Wedding, A Perfect Couple, & MASH; ; Disc 4 "A Wedding":; A Wedding Altman Style, Theatrical Trailer, & Fox Flix: Quintet, A Perfect Couple, & MASH

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Altman Primary Artist
Carol Burnett Tulip Brenner
Elliott Gould Trapper John
Paul Dooley Alex Theodopoulos,Snooks Brenner
Paul Newman Essex
Donald Sutherland Hawkeye
Marta Heflin Sheila Shea
Vittorio Gassman St. Christopher
Fernando Rey Grigor
Mia Farrow Buffy Brenner
Titos Vandis Panos Theodopoulos
Tom Skerritt Duke
Belita Moreno Eleousa
Bibi Andersson Ambrosia
Lillian Gish Nettie Sloan
Sally Kellerman Maj. Hot Lips
Amy Stryker Muffin Brenner
Brigitte Fossey Vivia
Jo Ann Pflug Lt. Dish
Master Henry Gibson Fred Bott
Howard Duff Dr. Jules Meecham
Robert Duvall Maj. Frank Burns
Geraldine Chaplin Rita Billingsley
Roger Bowen Col. Henry Blake
Dennis Christopher Hughie Brenner
Gary Burghoff Radar O'Reilly

Technical Credits
Robert Altman Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Robert Altman Collection - A Perfect Couple
1. The Philharmonic/Main Titles [3:15]
2. Rained-Out Picnic [5:38]
3. The Drive Home [3:13]
4. Something's Got a Hold [2:55]
5. Different Worlds [2:51]
6. Sent Home With Sniffles [6:08]
7. Great Expectations [3:01]
8. Second Date, Saturday Night [2:51]
9. Won't Somebody Care [5:06]
10. Meeting New People [9:14]
11. Lies, Lies, Lies [:23]
12. Emergency [4:32]
13. Realizing Love [3:44]
14. Meet the Family [3:03]
15. Skye 147 [:29]
16. Featuring: Keepin' 'Em Off the Streets [:24]
17. Searching for Sheila [1:31]
18. Fall Tour 1979 [:55]
19. Eleousa's Heart [6:27]
20. The Perfect Couple/End Titles [1:21]
Disc #2 -- Robert Altman Collection - A Wedding
1. Main Titles [4:35]
2. A Wedding [4:09]
3. Awaiting the Wedding Party [4:54]
4. Mrs. Sloan's Passing [1:24]
5. Culture Clash [2:22]
6. The Throne [3:23]
7. Death Under Wraps [4:59]
8. More Pills for Mrs. Hellstrom [3:49]
9. The Receiving Line [3:23]
10. You Can't Plan Everything [1:51]
11. The Secret is Out [5:57]
12. I Love You, Tulip [1:40]
13. Skeletons [2:35]
14. Briggs and Tracy [5:30]
15. The Gift Room [1:11]
16. Remembering Love [5:43]
17. A Storm Is Brewing [2:18]
18. Ladie's Room [5:59]
19. Life and Death [4:55]
20. Heavenly Sunlight [2:52]
21. The Arrival of Dino Corelli I [1:36]
22. Family Meetings [2:15]
23. Daddy's Little Angel [2:38]
24. Misunderstanding [5:01]
25. Just Married [2:34]
26. Accident [2:17]
27. Atonement and Freedom [3:16]
28. When it's Over/End Titles [5:18]
Disc #3 -- Robert Altman Collection - M*A*S*H
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 Movie... [1:21]
Disc #4 -- Robert Altman Collection - Quintet
1. Memories/Main Titles [7:53]
2. Passing the Time [3:06]
3. A Place to Go [4:06]
4. Life As We Know it Now [2:40]
5. Finding Francha [3:39]
6. Explosion [6:13]
7. Seeking Revenge [2:22]
8. A Dignified Burial [1:31]
9. Redstroke [4:57]
10. The Electra Hotel [4:10]
11. The Truth According to Grigor [5:34]
12. Quintet [4:00]
13. Goldstar's Anger [3:31]
14. Next to Room 242 [3:19]
15. Saint Christopher [2:36]
16. The Defintion of Killing [3:42]
17. Trusting the Past [:08]
18. A Part of the Game [5:14]
19. The Sixth Space [6:22]
20. Facing Saint Christopher [:34]
21. Manhunt [7:12]
22. Life Is the Only Prize [2:51]
23. Continuing the Search [4:18]
24. End Titles [:07]

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