- US RELEASED DISC.
- (REGION A) PLAYS ON REGION A BLU-RAY PLAYERS ONLY.
The Player Blu-ray
The Criterion Collection
Criterion | 1992 | 124 min | Rated R | May 24, 2016
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
The Player (1992) Blu-ray
“Movies. Now more than ever!” That’s the motto of the movie studio where fast-tracking exec Griffin Bell works. But rumor has it a power play could push Bell out. And a rejected writer who’s sending anonymous death threats could push him under.
Director: Robert Altman
Writer: Michael Tolkin
Starring: Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Vincent D'Onofrio
A Hollywood studio executive with a shaky moral compass (Tim Robbins) finds himself caught up in a criminal situation that would fit right into one of his movie projects, in this biting industry satire from Robert Altman. Mixing elements of film noir with sly insider comedy, The Player, based on a novel by Michael Tolkin, functions as both a nifty stylish murder story and a commentary on its own making, and it is stocked with a heroic supporting cast (Peter Gallagher, Whoopi Goldberg, Greta Scacchi, Dean Stockwell, Fred Ward) and an astonishing lineup of star cameos that make for a remarkable Hollywood who's who. This complexly woven grand entertainment (which kicks off with one of American cinema's most audacious and acclaimed opening shots) was the film that marked Altman's triumphant commercial comeback in the early 1990s.
New 4K digital restoration, with DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 surround soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Audio commentary from 1992 featuring director Robert Altman, writer Michael Tolkin, and cinematographer Jean Lépine
Interview with Altman from 1992
New interviews with Tolkin and production designer Stephen Altman
Cannes Film Festival press conference from 1992 with cast and crew
"The Player" at LACMA, a short documentary about the shooting of the film's fund-raiser scene
Map to the Stars, a gallery dedicated to the cameo appearances in the film
Deleted scenes and outtakes
The film's opening shot, with alternate commentaries by Altman, Lépine, and Tolkin
PLUS: An essay by author Sam Wasson
STREET DATE: MAY 24.