The player
    (2016, original release: 1992)



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[New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2016]
Two-DVD special edition
2 videodiscs (124 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 insert (12 panels : color illustrations ; 19 cm)
9781681431536 CC2622DDVD, 168143153X, 9781681431529, 715515177214

Based on the novel by Michael Tolkin

"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

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

Director of photography, Jean Lépine ; edited by Geraldine Peroni ; music by Thomas Newman; production designer, Stephen Altman ; wardrobe designed by Alexander Julian

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)

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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