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The Player (2016, original release: 1992)


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Published: [New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2016]
Series: Criterion collection.
Edition:  Two-DVD special edition
Description:  2 videodiscs (124 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 insert (12 panels : color illustrations ; 19 cm)
ISBN/ISSN: 9781681431536, 168143153X, 9781681431529,
Language:  English

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

Tim Robbins (Griffin Mill), Greta Scacchi (June Gudmundsdottir), Fred Ward (Walter Stuckel), Whoopi Goldberg (Detective Avery), Peter Gallagher (Larry Levy), Brion James (Joel Levison), Cynthia Stevenson (Bonnie Sherow), Vincent D'Onofrio (David Kahane), Dean Stockwell (Andy Civella), Richard E. Grant (Tom Oakley), Dina Merrill (Celia), Angela Hall (Jan), Lyle Lovett (Detective DeLongpre), Sydney Pollack (Dick Mellen)

"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

MPAA rating: Rated R for language, nudity, some sexuality

DVD, NTSC region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 2.0 surround

In English; English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH)

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Additional Credits:
Altman, Robert, 1925-2006, film director
Gilmore, William S., film producer
Brokaw, Cary, film producer
Tolkin, Michael, screenwriter, film producer
Brown, David, 1916-2010, film producer
Wechsler, Nick, film producer
Robbins, Tim, 1958- actor
Scacchi, Greta, actor
Ward, Fred, 1942- actor
Goldberg, Whoopi, 1955- actor
Gallagher, Peter, 1955- actor
James, Brion, 1945-1999, actor
Stevenson, Cynthia, 1962- actor
D'Onofrio, Vincent, actor
Stockwell, Dean, 1938- actor
Grant, Richard E., 1957- actor
Merrill, Dina, actor
Hall, Angela, active 1990-1997, actor
Lovett, Lyle, actor
Pollack, Sydney, 1934-2008, actor
L├ępine, Jean, 1948- director of photography
Peroni, Geraldine, film editor
Newman, Thomas, 1955- composer
Tolkin, Michael.
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