McCabe & Mrs. Miller 1971 Criterion Collection
It is not often given to a director to make a perfect film. Some spend their lives trying, but always fall short. Robert Altman has made a dozen films that can be called great in one way or another, but one of them is perfect, and that one is "McCabe & Mrs. Miller".

1902. The golden days of the "old west" are dead (if, in fact, they ever existed). The Industrial Revolution is well underway. In the mountains of Washington state is a shantytown centered around a filthy saloon/hotel, where the snow and mud never seems to end. The gambling gunslinger John McCabe (Warren Beatty) arrives convinced that he can give the town exactly what it needs -- a brand new brothel.
McCabe runs the brothel exactly as he wants until the classy whore Constance Miller (Julie Christie) arrives in town and offers him a deal that he is forced to consider. If McCabe makes her a partner, Mrs. Miller will bring more classy whores that will profoundly transform his business. It will be bigger, more prestigious, and a lot more profitable than McCabe ever imagined possible.
McCabe and Mrs. Miller begin working together and the whoring business quickly grows exactly as predicted, but then a big mining company sends its two best negotiators to convince McCabe to sell his holdings and leave town. He refuses, and his decision has major repercussions for him, Mrs. Miller, and the town...

Director: Robert Altman
Cast: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois, William Devane
Country: USA
Genre: Drama, Western

BD50 + 2xDVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 02:01:11 | 45 Gb + 13.4 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English


Commentary - this archival audio commentary with dierctor Robert Altman and David Foster also appeared on Warner's original DVD release of McCabe & Mrs. Miller. In it there is an abundance of information about the film's production history, the type of atmosphere it promotes and how it does it, the various conflicts between different characters, etc.

Way Out on a Limb - this brand new documentary focuses on the production history and style of McCabe & Mrs. Miller, the socio-cultural environment in which the film emerged, and Robert Altman's working methods. Included in the documentary are brand new interviews with actors Rene Auberjonois (Sheehan), Keith Carradine (the horny cowboy), Michael Murphy (Sears), casting director Graeme Clifford, and script supervisor Joan Tewkesbury, as well as various original production stills. The documentary was produced exclusively for Criterion in 2016. In English, not subtitled. (55 min, 1080p).

Cari Beauchamp and Rick Jewell - in this brand new filmed conversation, film historians Cari Beauchamp and Rick Jewell discuss some of the cliches that have been used during the years to describe McCabe & Mrs. Miller, the film's unique style and structure, and its placement in Robert Altman's body of work. The conversation was filmed exclusively for Criterion in 2016. In English, not subtitled. (37 min, 1080p).

Behind the Scenes - presented here is an archival featurette that chronicles the building of the Northwestern mining town that is seen in McCabe & Mrs. Miller. All of the archival footage was shot on location in British Columbia, Canada in 1970. In English, not subtitled. (10 min, 1080p).

Leon Ericksen - presented here is a segment from an archival filmed conversation between production designer Leon Ericksen (McCabe & Mrs. Miller), production designer Jack De Govia (Die Hard, Speed), and art director Al Locatelli (McCabe & Mrs. Miller) in which the three gentlemen discuss the filming of Robert Altman's unconventional western. The conversation was shot at the Art Directors Guild Film Society in Los Angeles in 1999. In English, not subtitled. (38 min, 1080i).

Vilmos Zsigmond - in this featurette, cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond discusses his work with Robert Altman on McCabe & Mrs. Miller, the time period in which the film emerged, and some of the trends and creative ideas that defined it. The featurette combines footage from two archival interviews which were conducted in 2005 and 2008. In English, not subtitled. (12 min, 1080p).

Steve Schapiro Photo Gallery - presented here is a collection of archival stills from the shooting of McCabe & Mrs. Miller gathered by photojournalist Steve Schapiro, who was hired by Robert Altman to shoot "special photography" for his film. (1080p).

The Dick Cavett Show - presented here are two archival segments from The Dick Cavett Show.

1. Pauline Kael - in this segment, film critic Pauline Kael dismisses some early negative reviews of McCabe & Mrs. Miller, including a fairly popular one written by Rex Reed. The segment is from an episode of the show that aired on July 6, 1971. In English, not subtitled. (11 min, 1080i).

2. Robert Altman - in this segment, director Robert Altman discusses the sound design of McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Warren Beatty and Julie Christie's performances, the film business, etc. The segment is from an episode of the show that aired on August 16, 1971. In English, not subtitled. (12 min, 1080i).

Trailer - original trailer for McCabe & Mrs. Miller. Music only. (2 min, 1080p).

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