I had wanted to get this DVD for some time and found it not available. My reason was that I had seen this film thirty years ago on Belgian TV and had not fully understood it. So now I have it and it is weird. It was slammed by the critics at the time for its content and the acting. I hardly think that Paul Newman acted badly, but performed rather in accordance with Altman's direction. The message is that they're all going to die anyway as the planet is in the grips of a nuclear winter and eventually everything will just freeze, so a game is invented, Quintet, whereby the players have to kill each other (on the board), but this is then translated into real killings. It's purpose is to give the "winner" a lease on life, albeit temporary.