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Short Cuts

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Short Cuts

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Andie MacDowell, Tim Robbins, Bruce Davison, Robert Downey Jr., Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Lemmon, Lyle Lovett, Frances McDormand, Matthew Modine, Julianne Moore, Chris Penn, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits
director:
Robert Altman
author:
Robert Altman, Frank Barhydt
genre:
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B-

If you can stomach director Robert Altman’s misanthropy and dripping contempt for American culture, this deluxe three-laserdisc version is all the Short Cuts you’ll ever need. The wide-screen transfer is gorgeous, and there’s a supplemental section with six commercials and two trailers, a career documentary, previously deleted scenes, an audio-only appreciation by longtime Altman booster Pauline Kael, and the complete texts of the Raymond Carver stories on which the film is based. But note: Criterion has arranged chapter stops so that — theoretically — you can program your laserdisc player to track each of the interweaving stories separately. Unfortunately, that means you have to constantly get up to change the discs. B-