McCabe & Mrs. Miller (2-DVD) R

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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 1 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: October 11, 2016
  • Originally Released: 1971
  • Label: Criterion Collection
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: New 4K Digital Restoration
    • Audio Commentary from 2002 featuring Director Robert Altman and Producer David Foster
    • New Making-Of Documentary, featuring members of the Cast and Crew
    • New converation about the film and Altman's career between film historians Carl Beauchamp and Rick Jewell
    • Featurette from the film's 1970 production
    • Art Directors Guild Film Society Q&A fro 1999 with Production Designer Leon Ericksen
    • Excerpts from archival interviews with Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmong
    • Gallery of stills from the set by Photographer Steve Schapiro
    • Excerpts from two 1971 episodes of The Dick Cavett Show featuring Altman and film critic Pauline Kael
    • Trailer
    • Plus: An essay by novelist and critic Nathaniel Rich
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh88%

Total Count: 51


User Ratings: 8,655
Still Robert Altman's best moment, this 1971 antiwestern murmurs softly of love, death, and capitalism. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Sep 4, 2007
Rating: 4/5 -- Altman's capacity for fashioning an oddball romance without defeating the tough political implications of the story make this one of the greatest of all westerns and a key work in American cinema. Full Review
London Evening Standard
May 4, 2007
Rating: 4/4 -- A fascinating upending of the romanticism surrounding the American west and its ideals of masculinity. Full Review
From the Front Row
Jun 4, 2019
A period story about a small northwest mountain village where stars Warren Beatty and Julie Christie run the bordello, the production suffers from overlength; also a serious effort at moody photography which backfires into pretentiousness. Full Review
Sep 4, 2007
Robert Altman's wintry 1971 anti-Western gives Warren Beatty one of his best roles as the doomed gambler McCabe: boastful, shy, foolish, altogether lovable. Full Review
The Age (Australia)
Nov 2, 2018
One of the best of Altman's early movies, using classic themes -- the ill-fated love of gambler and whore, the gunman who dies by the gun, the contest between little man and big business -- to produce a non-heroic Western. Full Review
Time Out
Aug 9, 2016
McCabe and Mrs. Miller soars to the outer limits of excellence in film-making. Full Review
Los Angeles Free Press
Jan 9, 2020

Product Description:

A haunting, poetic anti-Western based on the 1959 novel by Edmund Naughton, Robert Altman's MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER is a deeply moving motion picture about love and the pursuit of wealth in 19th-century America.

John McCabe (Warren Beatty), a determined businessman with a mysterious past, settles in the small Northwestern town of Presbyterian Church and opens up a saloon and brothel. Soon after, the brothel's madam, an Englishwoman named Constance Miller (Julie Christie), arrives and forms a partnership with McCabe in order to manage the brothel's business affairs. McCabe has trouble expressing his true feelings to Mrs. Miller, with whom he has fallen in love; she, in turn, relies on opium to distract her from her personal sorrows. After a powerful company arrives and offers to buy out McCabe's property, his stubborn refusal ends up jeopardizing his life, resulting in a showdown with three hired killers in the middle of a freak blizzard. Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond's faded imagery-purposely manipulated by "flashing" the film stock before shooting--along with production designer Leon Ericksen's authentically created town, brings to life a past world that is tinged with an underlying sadness, a feeling that is heightened by Leonard Cohen's melancholy soundtrack. Beatty, as the lovesick McCabe, and Christie, who was nominated for an Oscar as the hard-nosed Mrs. Miller, deliver heartfelt and convincing performances.

Plot Synopsis:

Widely hailed as one of the top ten motion pictures of the 1970s, this Western follows an entrepreneurial drifter with a hidden past. John McCabe builds a makeshift brothel and casino in a small Pacific Northwest mining town during the turn of the century who finds an unlikely a assistant in a world-weary, opium-smoking British madame. Featuring outstanding performances by Warren Beatty and Julie Christie, MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER is yet another outstanding revisionist genre film from acclaimed director Robert Altman.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: June 24, 1971.
  • Filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia,
  • Based on the 1959 novel by Edmund Naughton.
  • Screened at the 33rd Spoleto Festival (Cinema in the Bordello) in 1990.
  • Initially, the film's climax was supposed to take place in the rain, but a freak snowstorm inspired Altman to film it during a blizzard, a "natural disaster" that
    helped him forge a powerful and unforgettable ending.
  • Robert Altman didn't conceive of using Leonard Cohen's music until the film was in post-production. He'd listened to Cohen's music at an earlier creative period in
    his life, only to have it resurface in his head in Paris while vacationing after
    the wrap of MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER.
  • Cohen was such a fan of Altman's earlier BREWSTER MCCLOUD (1970) that he made Columbia Records let Altman use his music for free, as well as giving him a percentage of all subsequent sales of his record after the movie was released.

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