Short Cuts (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray)
Short Cuts raises the roof on America.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 3 hours, 7 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: October 18, 2016
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: Criterion Collection
- Note: Conversation between director Robert Altman and actor Tim Robbins from 2004
- Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country, a feature-length 1993 documentary on the making of Short Cuts
- To Write and Keep Kind, a 1992 PBS documentary on the life of author Raymond Carver
- One-hour 1983 audio interview with Carver, conducted for the American Audio Prose Library
- Original demo recording of the film's Doc Pomus-Mac Rebennack songs, performed by Rebannack (Dr. John)
- Deleted scenes
- A look inside the marketing of Short Cuts
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1
- DTS HD Master Audio
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Matthew Modine, Julianne Moore, Fred Ward, Anne Archer, Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Robert Downey Jr., Madeleine Stowe, Chris Penn, Jack Lemmon, Lori Singer, Andie MacDowell, Lili Taylor, Annie Ross, Tom Waits & Lily Tomlin|
|Performer:||Frances McDormand, Buck Henry, Huey Lewis, Lyle Lovett, Peter Gallagher, Jarrett Lennon, Margery Bond, Robert DoQui, Darnell Williams, Michael Beach, Charles Rocket & Bruce Davison|
|Directed by||Robert Altman|
|Edited by||Geraldine Peroni|
|Screenwriting by||Robert Altman|
|Composition by||Mark Isham|
|Story by||Raymond Carver|
|Produced by||Cary Brokaw|
|Director of Photography:||Walt Lloyd|
|Executive Production by||Scott Bushnell|
...SHORT CUTS is a logical triumph, certainly; a masterpiece of orchestration....Comic touches...biting irony and delight in observation...
Sight and Sound
...Altman is fascinated by the accidental nature of life....He likes the messiness and coincidence of real life, where you can do your best, and some days it's just not good enough...
As the grand ringmaster, it's here that Altman passes the baton to his actors , whose behavioral insights are critical to the film's success.
Whether their characters are congenial, contemptible or just absurd, Altman gets the best from an extraordinary company. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- The lives are often desperate and the characters inarticulate, but the group portrait is as grandly, sometimes as hilariously, realized as anything the director has ever done.
New York Times
...An arch tapestry... - Recommended
Rating: 4/5 -- Performances are low key but accomplished, comedy and tragedy are delicately balanced and the whole thing has the feel of a sprawling but very absorbing soap. Full Review
Using the short stories of Raymond Carver as a jumping-off point, American maverick director Robert Altman weaves a tapestry of interlocking tales set against the seedy backdrop of contemporary middle-class Los Angeles. Tracking the various stages of denial, rage, and despair in the lives of several couples--a philandering cop and his masochistic spouse (Tim Robbins and Madeline Stowe); a helicopter pilot who gets revenge on his ex by trashing her house (Peter Gallagher and Frances McDormand); a man and woman whose perfect life falls apart when they lose their son in a hit-and-run accident (Bruce Davison and Andie MacDowell); a pool cleaner who listens in mounting frustration to his wife performing phone sex each day while tending her brood of children (Chris Penn and Jennifer Jason Leigh); a wealthy couple who are haunted by an incident from the past (Matthew Modine and Julianne Moore); an aging jazz singer and her suicidal daughter (Annie Ross and Lori Singer); an alcoholic limo driver and his waitress wife (Tom Waits and Lily Tomlin)--Altman reveals their common threads of family dysfunction and marital discord in the unforgiving glare of the Southern California sunlight. The result is a sweeping motion picture that also stands as an important sociological artifact of late 20th century Los Angeles life.
Short Stories | Racy | All-Star | Recommended | Character Study | Theatrical Release | Essential Cinema
- SHORT CUTS was inspired by the voice and some of the characters in the short stories written by Raymond Carver. Altman even began referring to the film as "Carver Soup."
- SHORT CUTS was the opening film at the 31st New York Film Festival October 1, 1993.
- The film was the co-winner along with Krzysztof Kieslowski's BLUE of the Golden Lion Award at the 1993 Venice Film Festival, and it also won a Golden Globe for Special Achievement for its ensemble's performances.
- SHORT CUTS won three Independent Spirit Awards at the Independent Feature Project (IFP); Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.
- The film also screened at the Virginia Festival of American Film, Friday, October 29, 1993.