The Player (#812)

Type: New Blu-Ray

Criterion Collection. A Hollywood studio executive with a shaky moral compass (Tim Robbins) finds himself caught up in a criminal situation that would be right at home in 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 it's own making, and it is stocked with a heroic supporting cast (Peter Gallagher, Whoopi Goldberg, Greta Scacchi, Dean Stockwell, Fred Ward) and a lineup of star cameos that make for an astonishing 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 1990's.


New 4K digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio 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, actor Tim Robbins, associate producer David Levy, and production designer Stephen Altman

Cannes Film Festival press conference from 1992 with cast and crew

Robert Altman’s Players, 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

Trailers and TV spots


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

PLUS: An essay by author Sam Wasson