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DVD - 2016

"I was just thinking what an interesting concept it is to eliminate the writer from the artistic process. If we could just get rid of these actors and directors, maybe we've got something here."--Griffin Mill. Griffin is a slick, successful film studio vice president whose primary duty is to listen to story pitches from a constant stream of writers. Like all Hollywood producers, he's always looking over his shoulder, and he thinks up-and-comer Larry Levy is after his job. Along with power lunches, corporate in-fighting, and bottom-line priorities, a mysterious someone--probably an ignored and angry screenwriter--has been leaving him threatening postcards. When he finally takes action, his cool aplomb deserts him, things ...go seriously sideways, and Griffin's world begins falling apart.

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[Irvington, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection [2016]
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Other Authors
Robert Altman, 1925-2006 (film director), Michael Tolkin (screenwriter)
Two-DVD special edition ; DVD edition ; widescreen
Item Description
Based on the novel by Michael Tolkin.
Originally released as motion picture in 1992.
Widescreen (1.85:1).
Special features: New 4K digital restoration; Audio commentary from 1992 featuring director Robert Altman, writer Michael Tolkin, and cinematographer Jean Lepine; Interview with Altman from 1992; New interviews with Tolkin, actor Tim Robbins, associate producer David Levy, and production designer Stephen Altman; Cannes Film Festival press conference from 1992 with case and crew; Robert Altman's Players: a short documentary about the shooting of the film's fund-raiser scene; Map to the Stars: a gallery dedicated to the cameo appearances in the film; Deleted scenes and outtakes: The film's opening shot with alternate commentaries by Altman, Lepin, and Tolkin; Trailers and TV spots. Insert includes essay "The Screenplayer" by film critic Sam Wasson.
Physical Description
2 videodiscs (124 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD, NTSC region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 2.0 surround.
MPAA rating: Rated R for language, nudity, some sexuality.
Production Credits
Director of photography, Jean Lépine ; edited by Geraldine Peroni ; music by Thomas Newman.
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Review by Library Journal Review

Tinseltown deal-making gets a slyly knowing skewering by maverick independent filmmaker Robert Altman (M*A*S*H; Nashville). With the authority to green-light projects, studio suit Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) contends with clichéd pitches from would-be movie-makers while receiving anonymous poison-pen postcards, apparently from an embittered screenwriter he once brushed off. Dozens of cameos by actors, directors, and other Hollywood insiders playing themselves lend realism to this brilliant satire given an extras-laden, primo treatment befitting its reputation. (See Trailers, LJ 4/1/16) © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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