Blu-ray out 26th Nov. 2018 from Arrow Academy
In 2001, Robert Altman (MASH, The Player, The Long Goodbye) took the unexpected step into Agatha Christie territory with Gosford Park, a murder-mystery whodunit set in an English country house. Starring a host of British acting greats and with an Oscar-winning screenplay by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, it would become a huge success with audiences and critics alike.
Set in 1932, the action unfolds during a weekend shooting party hosted by William McCordle (Michael Gambon), and his wife Lady Sylvia (Kristin Scott Thomas) at his estate, Gosford Park. Among the guests are friends, relatives, the actor and composer Ivor Novello (Jeremy Northam), and an American film producer (Bob Balaban). When Sir William is found murdered in the library, everyone – and their servants – becomes a suspect.
Also starring Charles Dance, Richard E. Grant, Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Maggie Smith, Emily Watson and many more, Altman produced another masterpiece deserving to be ranked alongside Nashville and Short Cuts as one his finest forays into ensemble drama and was a hugely popular film when I was running my video store. Whilst there were a few film titles that were always in demand. Gosford Park became a long term money maker for me and was very highly recommended not only by me, but also the customers who returned the film after their viewing (ah I do miss the days of the video store). But as great as those days were, the world of VHS lacked the special features that now frequent Arrow Academy releases and Gosford Park features some great ones. Check out this list.
Brand new 2K restoration from a 4K scan, carried out by Arrow Films exclusively for this release, supervised and approved by director of photography Andrew Dunn
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary by director Robert Altman, production designer Stephen Altman and producer David Levy
Audio commentary by writer-producer Julian Fellowes
Brand-new audio commentary by critics Geoff Andrew and David Thompson (author of Altman on Altman)
Introduction by critic Geoff Andrew
Brand new cast and crew interviews recorded exclusively for this release
The Making of Gosford Park, archive featurette
Keeping Gosford Park Authentic, archive featurette
Q&A Session with Altman and the cast
Fifteen deleted scenes with optional Altman commentary
Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
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