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The Long Goodbye [Blu-ray] [1973]

  • SKU: 25791259
  • Release Date: 11/25/2014
  • Rating: R

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

    Special Features

    • "Rip Van Marlowe" featurette with Robert Altman and Elliott Gould
    • American Cinematographer 1973 article intro with animation
    • Vilmos Zsigmond flashes The Long Goodbye
    • Five radio spots
    • Original theatrical trailer


    The Long Goodbye
    "It's OK with me...." Applying his deconstructive eye to the "film noir" tradition, Robert Altman updated Raymond Chandler in his 1973 version of Chandler's novel, The Long Goodbye. Smart-aleck, cat-loving private eye Philip Marlowe (Elliott Gould) is certain that his friend Terry Lennox (Jim Bouton) isn't a wife-killer, even after the cops throw Marlowe in jail for not cooperating with their investigation into Lennox's subsequent disappearance. Once he gets out of jail, Marlowe starts to conduct his own search when he discovers that mysterious blonde Eileen Wade (Nina Van Pallandt), who hired him to find her alcoholic novelist husband Roger (Sterling Hayden), lives on the same Malibu street as the absent Lennox and his deceased spouse. As numerous variations on the title song play in unexpected places, Marlowe encounters a shady doctor (Henry Gibson), a bottle-wielding gangster (director Mark Rydell), and a guard aping Barbara Stanwyck (among other stars), before heading to Mexico to stumble onto the truth once and for all. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Elliott Gould
      Elliott Gould - Philip Marlowe
    • Nina Van Pallandt
      Nina Van Pallandt - Eileen Wade
    • Sterling Hayden
      Sterling Hayden - Roger Wade
    • Henry Gibson
      Henry Gibson - Dr. Veeringer
    • Mark Rydell
      Mark Rydell - Marty Augustine

    Customer rating

    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      "It's okay with me."

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      Kino Lorber brings Altman's controversial adaptation of perhaps Chandler's darkest work to Blu-ray with more of a bang than a whimper thankfully. Elliot Gould brings his easy-going attitude to one of the more cynical private eyes this time in seventies-era L.A. trying to adapt to changing times of fading loyalties and casual indifference in a film that also features a stellar cast plus an ending which in my honest opinion is more powerful and poignant than the books' ending. The transfer to this film is as good as it's going to get on a budget enhancing the film's hazy and grim atmosphere. Altman's cinematography choices don't allow for much clarity so keep that in mind. The audio I'm afraid suffers from a slight hiss like plenty of releases of films from the era but the extras are decent enough. Overall the flaws technical-wise can be attributed to the film itself so keep that in mind when viewing this otherwise fabulous adaptation. Highly recommended.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good Goodbye


      Directed by Robert Altman, starring Elliot Gould, and one of the most surreal detective movies of 1973 in 1970 California. Gould is the hard-boiled detective Philip Marlowe into a series of dramatic twisted mysteries linking a late friend's wife & an estranged wife seeking a missing husband with both mysteries intersected. A jazzy soundtrack that throws in plenty of surprises, this movie is for fans of detective movies or 70's era exploitation. If anything, look for the unspoken cameo of Arnold Schwarzenegger as a henchman for good measure.

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