Robert Altman’s NASHVILLE Coming to Blu-ray This December from the Criterion Collection


The late Robert Altman made some of the greatest narrative features in the history of American cinema. One of his best films, 1975’s Nashville, is finally coming to Blu-ray on December 3, 2013. Responsible for this release is the Criterion Collection, which has distributed several of Altman’s films on DVD and Blu-ray in the past including 3 Women and Short Cuts and his late-80’s HBO political satire Tanner ’88.

The Nashville Blu-ray will feature an all-new 2k digital film restoration and a selection of supplements both new and ported over from Paramount’s previous Region 1 DVD, including a commentary by Altman. New to the release will be: a new documentary on the making of Nashville 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; Carradine’s song demos; the original theatrical trailer; and a booklet featuring an essay by critic Molly Haskell. The Blu-ray will also come with a 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack and two DVDs with a standard-definition copy of the film and all of the accompanying extras.

This is fantastic news; we need more Altman classics released on Blu. I have never seen Nashville in full, as it’s one of those beloved cinematic masterpieces I keep promising myself I’ll watch one of these days but never get around to doing so. A Criterion Blu-ray release just in time for Christmas is as good a reason as any to finally rectify that mistake. Other titles scheduled for a December bow from Criterion include Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, the original 1976 documentary Grey Gardens, and the box set Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project.

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