The Player 1992 Criterion Collection
"The Player" follows Griffin (Tim Robbins) during a period when his big paycheck, his luxury car and his expensive lifestyle seem to be in danger. There is another shark in the pond, a younger executive (Peter Gallagher) who may be even sleeker and greedier, and who may get Griffin's job. This challenge comes at a bad time: Griffin is shedding a girl friend (a woman whose superior intelligence he feeds on, while treating the rest of her like a shabby possession). And there are those postcards. Who is sending the postcards? Griffin racks his memory and his secretary's appointment book. He has lied to so many writers that there is no way to narrow the field. Finally he picks one name and calls the guy for a meeting. The guy's girl friend says he's out in Pasadena, seeing "The Bicycle Thief" at a revival house. Griffin drives out there, meets the guy, has a conversation with him, follows him back to a parking lot, and kills him. As if Griffin didn't have enough problems already.

The movie then follows Griffin's attempts to protect his position at the studio, evade arrest for murder, and conduct a romance with the dead man's fiance (Greta Scacchi), who if anything is more cynical than Griffin.

Director: Robert Altman
Cast: Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Dean Stockwell
Country: USA
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

• Audio commentary from 1992 featuring director Robert Altman, writer Michael Tolkin, and cinematographer Jean Lepine
• Interview with Altman from 1992 (21:00)
• Planned Improvisation: new interviews with Tolkin, actor Tim Robbins, associate producer David Levy, and production designer Stephen Altman (45:53)
• Cannes Film Festival press conference from 1992 with cast and crew (55:51)
• Robert Altman's Players, a short documentary about the shooting of the film's fund-raiser scene (15:48)
• Map to the Stars, a gallery dedicated to the cameo appearances in the film
• Six deleted scenes and outtakes
• The film's opening shot, with alternate commentaries by Altman OR Lepine and Tolkin (8:11)
• US Trailer (2:04), Japanese Trailer (1:58) and TV spots (1:53)

2 x DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 02:04:19 | 7.16 Gb + 7.07 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 02:04:27 | 46 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

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