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Nashville [DVD] [1975] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Keith Carradine , Karen Black , Robert Altman    DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Keith Carradine, Karen Black, Ronee Blakley, Shelley Duvall, Allen Garfield
  • Directors: Robert Altman
  • Writers: Joan Tewkesbury
  • Producers: Robert Altman, Jerry Weintraub, Martin Starger, Robert Eggenweiler, Scott Bushnell
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Aug 2000
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305918880
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,456 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Altman's best 12 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This is a great film from a golden age of American film production. It is unusual for Altman, since with about an hour of music in it you could almost call it a musical. But other typical characteristics are there, with its wonderful ensemble cast, natural filming and sound, understated sense of humour and dark overtones.

The story as it is based around 24 main characters and five days of their life in Nashville. The characters are an eclectic mix: the stalwart country institution Haven Hamilton (played wonderfully by Henry Gibson), Ronee Blakely's fragile, doomed country singer Barbara Jean, perpetual womaniser Tom Frank (Oscar winner Keith Carradine), Opal - an upper-class English reporter who never seems to really notice what's going on around her (Geraldine Chaplin) and so on.

The cast themselves wrote and sang all of the music (with considerable help from Richard Baskin). Carrdine's Oscar winning song "I'm Easy" is the one most people think of when they think of this film, but it's not the only highlight. Some of the songs are rather good in their own right - particularly "Dues" by Ronee Blakely, "Memphis" by Karen Black and "It don't worry me" by Carradine again. Others are fantastic for their earnest pomposity - particularly Henry Gibson's songs. The singing is at times patchy (most of the cast aren't singers and Altman recorded many of the songs in one take): Lily Tomlin isn't really a Gospel singer, Cristina Raines struggles a bit, and Timothy Brown doesn't have much of a voice. But by far the worst singing is also some of the most effective - Gwen Welles's as Sueleen Gay, the desperate wannabe country singer, is far the more painful and affecting to watch because she can't sing a note.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good, the bad and the brilliant of America! 24 Mar 2006
Format:DVD
A perpetual womaniser sings a ballad in a club in a desperate attempt to attract a woman he has been trying to cavout for a lengthy period. We see the eyes of three women in turn, who he has had alternate flings with as their faces fill with their heartfelt desires. We see it objectively; through Altman's subtle yet unostentatious photography - that simple, yet transcendental human emotion for each other. 'Nashville' is a gourgeous mosaic of those basic human relationships, characteristics, behaviour traits, lifestyles and attitudes that form our very being.
Altman is a great director, yet unlike many of his counterparts his portrayal of his characters is not full of cynicism and disdain. He never tries to alienate his protagonists from our sympathy. Through the plethora of characters he displays here we see not only the cross-section of America society, but most likely of life itself - each character's humanity is shown without a sugar-coat, yet without a vail of misanthrophy either.
'Nashville' is a sensitive and clever film. It flows seamlessly from situation to situation, from conversation to conversation. Altman's focus is to depict each character in turn with their dilemmas and flaws, but also their redemming qualities as well.
This is an excellent film, one of the best that America's ever produced. Buy it now without delay!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What about a Region 2 release 10 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
Ever since I first saw this film in (was it?) 1975 on a double bill with American Graffiti I loved it and it remains one of my favorite films. I'll keep this brief because others have reviewed it perfectly adequately. I'm astonished that Nashville, considered by many to be Altman's masterpiece, hasn't been released on Region 2. I wait and wait but nothing happens. I did wonder whether it would date after 35 years. I agree with Mr. Fango that Opel is very annoying, but so many of the other characters are so good and their stories interwoven so well. And it has one of the best endings ever. Watch out for Jeff Goldblum's non-speaking first role. I guess it's not to everyone's taste, especially those who just can't stand country music. (This film is too universal to be dismissed for that reason.) Also, for Mr. Fango: Dusan Makavejev's "Montenegro" is also a fave of mine. Also only available on region 1. Aaaaarrrrgh!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars German Dubbed 29 Oct 2013
By Allan
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
You must read the small print clearly, this is a German dubbed version and not a German subtitled version. Great film ruined by being dubbed do not buy unless you speak German!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Altman's brilliant Mosaic of 1970s America 16 Aug 2010
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Brilliant, funny, sad and epic look at 1970s America, following 24
characters over a few key days in Nashville. An amazing combination of
political satire, hysterical send up of the country music business
and touching and moving character studies.

If one wants to quibble there are minor flaws; overstated performances
at moments, ironies that are a bit too easy, but the overall sweep,
power, the great performances and the sheer number of moments that make
you want to laugh and cry simultaneously, are overwhelming.

Certainly one of the great films of the 70s, and arguably among the
greatest American films ever made.

It's shocking to think that this amazing film, on many '100 greatest films
of all time' lists, is out of print on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourites 21 Sep 2013
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As far as I know this film still isn't out on blu-ray but the German DVD (and yes, it does have the original English audio as one of the set up options) will more than do until then. And I'm not sure that a blu-ray release would add much, as the DVD picture and sound is fine as it is.

The film itself is every bit as good as I remembered. I hadn't seen it in years when I got the DVD and was worried it might seem dated, what with all those crazy 70s fashions, but apart from Elliot Gould's kaftan and Shelly Duval's "WTF is she wearing" hot pants there were no real horrors. I'm obviously giving the stage acts a pass because ridiculous Elvis style jump suits (the awesomely pompous Haven Hamilton) are permitted on stage. The songs are all of a genre rather than a period and hold up well. To be honest, the only thing that truly dates this masterpiece is Keith Carradine's throwaway comment to the soldier at the airport, which is light years away from the obligatory "thank you for your service" mantra we hear today.
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