Blu-ray, DVD Release: Shampoo

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 16, 2018
Price: DVD $19.59, Blu-ray $25.99
Studio: Criterion

Directed by Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude), the 1975 comedy drama Shampoo gives us a day in the life of George, a Beverly Hills hairdresser and Lothario who runs around town on the eve of the 1968 presidential election trying to make heads or tails of his financial and romantic entanglements. His attempts to scrape together the money to open his own salon are continually sidetracked by the distractions presented by his lovers-played brilliantly by Goldie Hawn (Snatched), Julie Christie (Darling), and Lee Grant (in an Oscar-winning performance).

Star Warren Beatty (Dick Tracy) dreamed up the project, co-wrote the script with Robert Towne (Chinatown), and enlisted Ashby as director, and the resulting carousel of doomed relationships is an essential seventies farce, a sharp look back at the sexual politics and self-absorption of the preceding decade.

Criterion’s new editions of the film contain the following:

* 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
* New conversation between critics Mark Harris and Frank Rich
* Excerpt from a 1998 appearance by producer, cowriter, and actor Warren Beatty on The South Bank Show
* Trailer
* An essay by Rich

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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.