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Player [Blu-ray] [1992] [US Import]

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  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003M8NGFI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,263 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Although being one of the best and most acclaimed films by Altman, the Players is still a partially misunderstood and underrated film (as some of the masterpieces of such a complex and unusual director). Presented on a pretty good blu ray (where the main feature is good sound quality, which has always been the real added and distinctive value of his cinema) the Players is not just a film with a story and a plot, but a real cinematographic experience. Not in the Avatar way (a sensorial/mind trip in a totally different world) but because everything in this film is manipulated, is brilliantly adopted and used to play with the viewer, from the amazing opening one-shot sequence that talks about one-shots sequence in the movies, to the presence of posters and advertising in the scenes that seem to talk to te viewer, from the manipulation of genre and cliche to talk about hollywood cliche, from the unsettling use of audio during conversations and the bizarre behaviour of some characters that seem to act, everything in this film is cinema about cinema, but Altman does not mean just to talk about Hollywood, but about American way-of-life in general, that has become as cliche as its films. It is a cynical and mockering film, where you do not know to what extent you can trust what you see and sympathize with characters, because they do not look like real people. The Players is truly a film way ahead of mainstream way of film viewing, although it feeds itself of that kind of world, while it is criticizing it. A genius film
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Based on an original novel by Michael Tolkin, Robert Altman's respose to Hollywood and all its pretences is a modern classic. The tone is consistently ironic throughout the film, yet The Player manages to succeed as a terse and involved thriller, not only a personal reflection of the treachery and immorality; falsity and inhumanity, of the world of movies. The Player is predominantly a story of studio executive Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins), and his demise from the most sought after Hollywood executive to a man plagued by his own prosperity. The film opens with an eight minute single-shot scene that establishes the glory of Altman's direction, and the film offers over 60 cameos, including Susan Sarandon, Bruce Willis and Julia Roberts, that only increase the satire. Through the course of the film, Altman manages to challenge not only his audience's conscience and morality, but also their perceptions of Hollywood. As Griffin Mill receives death threats, he is forced to decide how to react, and when he tries to find who has been torturing him, it leads only to more calamity. In a stunning third act and shocking denouement, Altman reveals one of the most inspired and exciting films of the 1990s. The Player includes, as well as numerous cameos from Hollywood actors, a wonderful performance from Robbins as a tortured and confused executive searching for answers; a suitably bizarre Whoopi Goldberg as a police officer; and an ironic, knowing rendition of the struggling screenwriter by Richard E. Grant. The Player is truly a monumental achievement. Robert Altman has succeeded in creating an involved, humorous film that manages to question the nature of the film industry, its role in today's society, and its implications for all those who have ever called themselves a fan of the silver screen.
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By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Famously opening with possibly the longest continuous single crane shot in cinematic history (eight minutes) with the pre-credits rolling, shot outside a major studio and its parking lot and known as the ultimate anti-Hollywood 'Hollywood' movie, this is Robert Altman directing with a grip of iron. Almost over-directed for my taste, the camera swoops, rises and peeks at more A-listers than you'd get in two dozen blockbusters.

Not having seen it in four years but with many many other films under my belt, I was keen to re-hear both the subtle and unsubtle jokes and jibes about the Studio 'scene'. All our A-listers make them, suffer them or just hang about thinking them up. One of the best has to be (executive travelling in his Merc convertible, on car-phone; it's the end 80's, start of 90's, all flash cars) talking to his associate, Tim Robbins (lead actor in this) "I'm on my way to my AA meeting." "Oh...I didn't know you had a drinking problem" "Ah, well. I haven't. I don't. It's just that's where all the deals are made these days. Not bars".

So, not a comedy, as such, but entertaining stuff and the ending is as predictably anti-predictable that one can predict. It's aged well and Short Cuts aside, which meanders over its three hours, this is modern, witty, well made and concise. Yes; an Altman film that doesn't have the cast speaking whenever they feel fit and a script that they have to follow, even at two hours it's got a manageable story that twists, turns and bristles with actors you've seen in almost similar roles. For movie buffs, the often, occasional credibility-busting film references and how they're strung together is almost hypnotic.

Hollywood loved it, as it's in it and stars in it. But they don't love themselves, at least not in this.
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Format: DVD
One of my favourite films of the 90's, clever isnt the word. Tim Robbins excells as Hollywood executive Griffin Mill, who gets himself in hot water when dealing with a writer. To make things worse it looks like his job is up for grabs as there are changes happening within his studio. Things dont look good. Someone is out to get him but who..? The Player is packed full of real stars and real screenwriters where brought in to pitch films. Many brilliant performances from Richard E Grants elaborate pitches to Whoppi Goldbergs crafty detective. The in-jokes come thick and fast. All in all, a top notch thriller from Robert Altman. My only criticism is i hoped the new dvd would have better extras. Dont let that put you off though. Top film.
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