This single-disc edition of Robert Altman's M*A*S*H is a pared-down version of the two-disc set that is also still available. The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves Altman's original aspect ratio. This is a film that really plays terribly when seen in pan-and-scan. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo, while a second English soundtrack and a French soundtrack have both been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Altman. He discusses what it was like filming on the Fox set at a time when two other war films were being created, the initial tension on the set between himself and his two lead actors, how the film came together in the editing room, and various other aspects of the production. The two-disc set offers more whistles and bells, but this release is an outstanding way to acquire this fine film.
Commentary by director Robert Altman
AMC backstory: "M*A*S*H"
Original theatrical trailer
Ring Lardner, Jr.
Elliott GouldTrapper John
Sally KellermanMaj. Hot Lips
Jo Ann PflugLt. Dish
Robert DuvallMaj. Frank Burns
Roger BowenCol. Henry Blake
Gary BurghoffRadar O'Reilly
David ArkinSgt. major Vollmer
Michael MurphyMe lay
Indus ArthurLt. Leslie
John SchuckPainless Pole
Carl GottliebUgly John
Tamara HorrocksCaptain "Knocko" McCarthy
G. WoodGen. Hammond
Corey John FischerCapt. Bandini
Stephen AltmanHawkeye's 5-Year-Old Son
Cathleen CordellNurse Corps Captain
Dale IshimotoKorean Doctors
Jerry JonesMotor Pool Sergeant
Ted KnightRadio Announcer (uncredited)
Harvey Levine2nd Lieutenant
Marvin MillerOffstage Dialog
Ken PrymusPfc. Seidman
Bobby TroupSgt. Gorman
Timothy BrownCorporal Judson
Bud CortPvt. Lorenzo Boone
Danny GoldmanCapt. Murrhardt
Buck BuchananFootball Player (uncredited)
Harold E. StineCinematographer
Johnny MandelComposer (Music Score)
Danford B. GreeneEditor
Jack Martin SmithProduction Designer
Arthur LonerganArt Director
Jack Martin SmithArt Director
Leon EricksenAssociate Producer
Stuart A. ReissSet Designer
Art CruickshankSpecial Effects
L.B. AbbottSpecial Effects
Black Comedy,Military Comedy,Anti-War Film,Ensemble Film,Medical Comedy,Satire
Hadn't seen this in many years but have continuously seen the TV Series episodes many times over. Wanted to relive the beginning so picked up the Blu-Rayon on sale for $5.99. Enjoyed watching this again and am glad to have it in my collection.
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
M*A*S*H is an all-time classic, showing the antics of 3 young surgeons during the Korean War. Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, and Tom Skerrit give excellent performances as those doctors. A must-have for all movie buffs!!