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M*A*S*H/Patton/The French Connection/The Poseidon Adventure [4 Discs] [DVD]

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Release Date:10/06/2015
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This collection of four movies includes a quartet of 1970's drama films. The compilation features M*A*S*H (a 1970 film directed by Robert Altman), Patton (a 1970 Academy Award-winning film starring George C. Scott in an Oscar-winning role as General George S. Patton), 1971's The French Connection (starring Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider) and 1972's The Poseidon Adventure (starring Hackman, Ernest Borgnine and Shelley Winters).
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    Special Features


    • Access 3-D views and schematics of the ship as you watch the film!
    • Audio commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
    • Audio commentary by director Ronal Neame
    • Commentary by director Robert Altman
    • Director's commentary by William Friedkin
    • Full-length audio commentary by stars Pamela Sue Martin, Stella Stevens and Carol Lynley
    • Hollywood backstories: M*A*S*H
    • Interactive "follow the escape" feature
    • Introduction by Francis Ford Coppola
    • M*A*S*H:
    • Original theatrial trailer
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • Patton:
    • Scene-specific commentary by Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider
    • Still gallery
    • The French Connection:
    • The Poseidon Adventure:
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Patton
    Now, the 7-time Academy-award-winning epic drama about legendary general George S. Patton is available in an exclusive Metalpak case. In this stirring portrait of an American original, the polarizing and uncompromising Patton (George C. Scott) rouses the troops to combat the advancing Nazi front in the Mediterranean and European theaters, paving the way for Allied victory in World War II. ~ Violet LeVoit, Rovi

    The French Connection
    This gritty, fast-paced, and innovative police drama earned five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (written by Ernest Tidyman), and Best Actor (Gene Hackman). Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Hackman) and his partner, Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider), are New York City police detectives on narcotics detail, trying to track down the source of heroin from Europe into the United States. Suave Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey) is the French drug kingpin who provides a large percentage of New York City's dope, and Pierre Nicoli (Marcel Bozzuffi) is a hired killer and Charnier's right-hand man. Acting on a hunch, Popeye and Buddy start tailing Sal Boca (Tony Lo Bianco) and his wife, Angie (Arlene Faber), who live pretty high for a couple whose corner store brings in about 7,000 dollars a year. It turns out Popeye's suspicions are right -- Sal and Angie are the New York agents for Charnier, who will be smuggling 32 million dollars' worth of heroin into the city in a car shipped over from France. The French Connection broke plenty of new ground for screen thrillers; Popeye Doyle was a highly unusual "hero," an often violent, racist, and mean-spirited cop whose dedication to his job fell just short of dangerous obsession. The film's high point, a high-speed car chase with Popeye tailing an elevated train, was one of the most viscerally exciting screen moments of its day and set the stage for dozens of action sequences to follow. And the film's grimy realism (and downbeat ending) was a big change from the buff-and-shine gloss and good-guys-always-win heroics of most police dramas that preceded it. The French Connection was inspired by a true story, and Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso, Popeye and Buddy's real life counterparts, both have small roles in the film. A sequel followed four years later. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    The Poseidon Adventure
    The Poseidon is an ocean liner charting its course on New Year's Eve. Just after midnight, Captain Harrison (Leslie Nielsen) spots the mother of all tidal waves. It is the last thing that Harrison and practically everyone else onboard sees before drowning -- the Poseidon is turned upside down, with only a handful of survivors. The ten lucky ones -- including Mike Rogo (Ernest Borgnine), Linda Rogo (Stella Stevens), Acres (Roddy McDowall), Belle Rosen (Shelley Winters), and Manny Rosen (Jack Albertson) -- led by no-nonsense minister Frank Scott (Gene Hackman), desperately attempt to climb from the top of the ship (now submerged) to the bottom (now "the top"). The film's theme song, "The Morning After," sung by Maureen McGovern, earned an Oscar. In addition, The Poseidon Adventure received the Special Achievement Award for Special Effects; L.B. Abbott and A.D. Flowers were the recipients. A sequel, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, came out in 1979. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    M*A*S*H
    Although he was not the first choice to direct it, the hit black comedy MASH established Robert Altman as one of the leading figures of Hollywood's 1970s generation of innovative and irreverent young filmmakers. Scripted by Hollywood veteran Ring Lardner, Jr., this war comedy details the exploits of military doctors and nurses at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in the Korean War. Between exceptionally gory hospital shifts and countless rounds of martinis, wisecracking surgeons Hawkeye Pierce (Donald Sutherland) and Trapper John McIntyre (Elliott Gould) make it their business to undercut the smug, moralistic pretensions of Bible-thumper Maj. Frank Burns (Robert Duvall) and Army true-believer Maj. "Hot Lips" Houlihan (Sally Kellerman). Abetted by such other hedonists as Duke Forrest (Tom Skerritt) and Painless Pole (John Schuck), as well as such (relative) innocents as Radar O'Reilly (Gary Burghoff), Hawkeye and Trapper John drive Burns and Houlihan crazy while engaging in such additional blasphemies as taking a medical trip to Japan to play golf, staging a mock Last Supper to cure Painless's momentary erectile dysfunction, and using any means necessary to win an inter-MASH football game. MASH creates a casual, chaotic atmosphere emphasizing the constant noise and activity of a surgical unit near battle lines; it marked the beginning of Altman's sustained formal experiments with widescreen photography, zoom lenses, and overlapping sound and dialogue, further enhancing the atmosphere with the improvisational ensemble acting for which Altman's films quickly became known. Although the on-screen war was not Vietnam, MASH's satiric target was obvious in 1970, and Vietnam War-weary and counter-culturally hip audiences responded to Altman's nose-thumbing attitude towards all kinds of authority and embraced the film's frankly tasteless yet evocative humor and its anti-war, anti-Establishment, anti-religion stance. MASH became the third most popular film of 1970 after Love Story and Airport, and it was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. As further evidence of the changes in Hollywood's politics, blacklist survivor Lardner won the Oscar for his screenplay. MASH began Altman's systematic 1970s effort to revise classic Hollywood genres in light of contemporary American values, and it gave him the financial clout to make even more experimental and critical films like McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), California Split (1974), and Nashville (1975). It also inspired the long-running TV series starring Alan Alda as Hawkeye and Burghoff as Radar. With its formal and attitudinal impudence, and its great popularity, MASH was one more confirmation in 1970 that a Hollywood "New Wave" had arrived. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • George C. Scott
      George C. Scott - George S. Patton, Jr.
    • Karl Malden
      Karl Malden - Gen. Omar N. Bradley
    • Michael Bates
      Michael Bates - Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery
    • Karl Michael Vogler
      Karl Michael Vogler - Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
    • Edward Binns
      Edward Binns - Major Gen. Walter Bedell Smith




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