3 Women [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1977]

Robert Altman's visually striking exploration of the intermingled personalities of two women finally gets its long-awaited debut on home video with this DVD edition from The Criterion Collection, and the superb results were certainly worth the wait. 3 Women has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, which has also has been enhanced for 16 x 9 playback on anamorphic monitors; Altman approved the transfer, which beautifully recreates the color palate and textures of Chuck Rosher's cinematography. The original single-channel audio mix has been preserved for this edition, mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. Bonus materials include a full-length commentary from Robert Altman about the film and his creative process, as well as an extensive gallery of production photos (including shots of the late artist Bodhi Wind creating the murals shown in the film). Criterion's DVD release of 3 Women is a loving presentation of an often-overlooked film, and deserves a place in the library of any fan of Robert Altman's work.
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Special Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Audio commentary by director Robert Altman
  • Stills gallery of rare production and publicity stills
  • Original theatrical trailers and television spots
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • Closed Captioned

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3 Women
Robert Altman's Three Women takes a surreal, improvisational and rather eerie look at the lives of three women in a western desert town. The plot centers around the youngest of the women, Pinky (Sissy Spacek), an eccentric, withdrawn woman trying to begin a new life. She finds work as an attendant at a hot springs spa catering to the elderly and infirm. There she befriends her co-worker Millie (Shelley Duvall), an equally strange but more outgoing woman; the two bond, and are soon sharing an apartment. Pinky becomes increasingly dependent on Millie, eventually adopting aspects of her personality and appearance. This obsessive attachment is threatened when Pinky discovers Millie with a man -- Edgar (Robert Fortier), the macho, faux-cowboy husband of local artist Willie (Janice Rule), the last of the title's three women. Pinky's subsequent, desperate actions precipitate the film's enigmatic conclusion, involving an unexpected series of confrontations and role reversals amongst the three women. This story tends to take a backseat to the elliptical, spooky imagery, particularly the desert landscapes, and the quirky performances -- not surprising, given that the film was reportedly shot without a full screenplay and inspired by Altman's own dreams. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Shelley Duvall
    Shelley Duvall - Millie Lammoreaux
  • Sissy Spacek
    Sissy Spacek - Pinky Rose
  • Janice Rule
    Janice Rule - Willie
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    Robert Fortier - Edgar
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    Ruth Nelson - Mrs. Rose

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