Blu-ray, DVD Release: Nashville (1975)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 3, 2013
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo: $39.95
Studio: Criterion

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The gang's all here in Robert Altman's Nashville.

Robert Altman’s (That Cold Day in the Park)  1975 drama-comedy masterwork Nashville is a cornerstone of 1970s American moviemaking, offering 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—which includes Lily Tomlin, Jeff Goldbum, Keith Carradine, Henry Gibson and Michael Murphy—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.

Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo includes a handful bonus features that appeared on Paramount’s 2000 DVD edition of the film (which has been out-of-print for years). Here’s a complete of the 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
• A booklet featuring an essay by critic Molly Haskell

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.