- An MVD Exclusive
- Format: Blu-ray
- SKU: AA056
- UPC: 760137335481
- Street Date: 03/03/20
- PreBook Date: 01/28/20
- Label: Arrow Academy »
- Genre: Drama
- Run Time: 116 mins
- Number of Discs: 1
- Audio: STEREO
- Year of Production: 1996
- Region Code: 0
- Box Lot: 0
- Territory: US
- Language: English
Cast & Crew
- Actor: Jennifer Jason-Leigh
- Actor: Miranda Richardson
- Actor: Harry Belafonte
- Director: Robert Altman
- Producer: Robert Altman
- Director: Robert Altman
- Producers: Robert Altman
- List Price: $39.95
- Your Price: $39.95
- In Stock: 40
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Returning to the city of his birth for inspiration, legendary maverick director Robert Altman helms an evocative, bullet-riddled tribute to the music and movies of his youth in Kansas City, a Depression-era gangster flick as only he could make one. Blondie O'Hara (Jennifer Jason Leigh) resorts to desperate measures when her low-level hood husband Johnny (Dermot Mulroney) gets caught trying to steal from Seldom Seen (Harry Belafonte), a local crime boss operating out of jazz haunt The Hey-Hey Club. Out on a limb, Blondie kidnaps laudanum-addled socialite Carolyn (Miranda Richardson), hoping her influential politician husband can pull the right strings and get Johnny out of Seldom Seen's clutches. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes, and featuring a remarkable soundtrack performed live by some of the best players in contemporary jazz, one of Altman's most underrated and idiosyncratic films finally makes its long-awaited Blu-ray™ debut.
- High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
- Original 2.0 and 5.1 DTS-HD MA audio
- English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Audio commentary by director Robert Altman
- Newly filmed appreciation by critic Geoff Andrew
- Gare, Trains et Deraillement, a 2007 visual essay by French critic Luc Lagier, plus short introduction to the film narrated by Lagier
- Robert Altman Goes to the Heart of America and Kansas City: The Music, two 1996 promotional featurettes including interviews with cast and crew
- Electronic press kit interviews with Altman, Leigh, Richardson, Belafonte and musician Joshua Redman, plus behind-the-scenes footage
- Four theatrical trailers
- TV spots
- Image gallery
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors' booklet featuring new writing by Dr Nicolas Pillai, original press kit notes and an excerpt from Altman on Altman
- First Time Available on Blu-ray!
- Produced, written and directed by four-time Academy Award Nominee Robert Altman (The Player, Nashville, M*A*S*H*)
- Comp to other critically acclaimed Robert Altman Criterion Collection Blu-rays including Nashville, 3 Women, Short Cuts, McCabe & Mrs. Miller and The Player.
- Stars Oscar Nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Oscar Nominee Miranda Richardson (Damage), Harry Belafonte (BlacKkKlansman), Michael Murphy (Magnolia), Steve Buscemi (Fargo), Dermot Mulroney (Zodiac) & Brooke Smith (Silence of the Lambs)
Altman completists will certainly want to check out Kansas City. Technical merits are solid (especially the audio), and the supplementary package has some really interesting material, as per Arrow's standard operating procedure, for those who are considering a purchase.
Moody, punchy, Depression-era jazz-and-gangsters flick... One of Altman's most underrated pictures.
A fine presentation and a nice amount of extras... An essential purchase.
—The Digital Bits
The fatalistic plot explores race, class and politics in a place and time when corruption taken for granted.
A multi-faceted gem - and, as a neo-modern city symphony, an exemplary forerunner of Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood.
—The Arts Desk
The music feels a part of the character, place, drama, soul, and pain of it all making for a memorable glimpse into Kansas City's turbulent past.
—Film School Rejects