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LD Criterion SHORT CUTS 1993 Robert Altman Lot#2 3-Disc Gatefold Laserdisc [CC1383L Spine 231]
 

LD Criterion SHORT CUTS 1993 Robert Altman Lot#2 3-Disc Gatefold Laserdisc [CC1383L Spine 231]

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Laserdisc Title: "SHORT CUTS"
Edition: The Criterion Collection (3-Disc Set)
Directed By: Robert Altman
Starring: Andie MacDowell, Bruce Davison, Julianne Moore, Matthew Modine, Anne Archer, Fred Ward, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Chris Penn, Lili Taylor
Special Features: ---SEE FOOTNOTES BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS--
Production / Year: 1993 Short Cuts Productions, Inc
Running Time: 183 Minutes / Color
Audio Format: Digital Sound, Dolby Surround
Video Format: Videoscope, NTSC, Side 1,2,3,5,6 CLV, Side 4 CAV
Miscellaneous Features: Not Rated
Distributed By: The Voyager Company (First Printing 1994)
Catalog / Spine Number: CC1383L (Spine Number 231)

IMPORTANT: This is a 12-inch Diameter Laserdisc, which is NOT the same as DVD and cannot be played on a DVD player!

Cosmetic Condition:
Disc (s): Excellent - Hardly noticeable to very minor hairline surface swirls, if any
Jacket: Excellent - Normal shelf wear, few creases, slightly worn-out corners or edges but no signs of spines splitting

Synopsis:

The work of two great American artists merge in Short Cuts, maverick director Robert Altman’s kaleidoscopic adaptation of the stories of renowned author Raymond Carver. Epic in scale yet meticulously observed, the film interweaves the stories of twenty-two characters struggling to find solace and meaning in contemporary Los Angeles. The extraordinary ensemble cast includes Tim Robbins, Julianne Moore, Robert Downey, Jr., Jack Lemmon, and Jennifer Jason Leigh—all giving fearless performances in one of Altman’s most compassionate creations.

If aliens came down to earth to see if humanity was worth saving, showing them Short Cuts, Robert Altman's bluesy riff on life in L.A. in the '90s, would not be a good idea. Based on the stories of Raymond Carver (adapted by Altman and Frank Barhydt), this ambitious film is a devilish valentine to living in L.A., where happiness comes at a premium. There are at least eight separate stories that crisscross, most about people who choose not to relate to the lives they are living. Seemingly by design, none of the stories (nor the performances for that matter) have more impact than the others--this is a true mosaic film. The most representative plot deals with a group of friends (Buck Henry, Fred Ward, and Huey Lewis) who decide to keep fishing even after discovering a body in the river. The story works as a morose comedy and a flag holder for the movie: the inability to take the correct action. Others would rather talk about seeing Alex Trebek than discuss their faltering relationships.

A huge and talented cast twists in the wind, bumping into moments of truth, sex, and passion. Some even come out all right in the end. The accidental nature of life--a common theme in many Altman films--has never been so maddeningly persistent, or absorbing. The score by Mark Isham with songs sung by Annie Ross (also a cast member) fuels the moodiness, as does the opening number in which Medfly helicopters spray the town to the tune "Prisoner of Life." Delivering the film a year after his biggest hit in two decades, The Player, Altman proved his artistic tenacity as an aged artist with the heart of a new filmmaker: he's not afraid of risking it all.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Outtakes and deleted scenes

Interview with Pauline Kael

Supplemental audio essay by Michael Wilmington

Michael Kaplan and John Dorr's documentary Luck, Trust, and Ketchup, including behind-the-scenes footage from the making of Short Cuts, as well as interviews with director Robert Altman, Tess Gallagher, screenwriter Frank Barhydt, Jr., and all 22 stars

Guide to the Music: Separate music-and-effects track allows viewers to search for individual musical selections in the film, and hear jazz originals by Duke Ellington, Doc Pomus, Elvis Costello, Bono and the Edge, and Horace Silver; as well as classical selections from Dvorak, Bach, Stravinsky, and Bloch

Complete text of the Raymond Carver stories on which Short Cuts is based

Guide to the Stories: Program your player to follow any one of the nine interwoven stories individually from start to finish

More than 100 production stills and cast portraits

A look inside the marketing of a major motion picture: more than 60 print advertising campaigns

Six television spots

Theatrical trailer and teaser trailer

ABOUT THE TRANSFER

The Criterion Collection is proud to present Short Cuts in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.34.1. The transfer was made by Evan Edelist of New Line Home video under the supervision of cinematographer Walt Lloyd and editor Geraldine Peroni

THIS IS NOT A DVD!!! THIS IS A 12" LASERDISC AND WILL NOT PLAY IN A DVD PLAYER

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