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M*A*S*H (1973)

Donald Sutherland , Elliott Gould , Robert Altman  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (456 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall
  • Directors: Robert Altman
  • Writers: Richard Hooker, Ring Lardner Jr.
  • Producers: Ingo Preminger, Leon Ericksen
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (456 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXB7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,260 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "M*A*S*H" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 2 Disc Set
  • AMC "Backstory" Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
  • Still Gallery
  • "Enlisted: The Story of M*A*S*H" - New Documentary
  • "M*A*S*H: History Through the Lens" - Background Documentary
  • 30th Anniversary M*A*S*H Cast Reunion
  • Film Restoration Featurette
  • Easter Egg

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Additional Features

Wouldn't you know there was as much chaos and conflict behind the scenes of M*A*S*H as in front of the lens? Enlisted: The Story of M*A*S*H, a meaty original documentary that pulls together most of the stars and many of the filmmakers for all new interviews, paints a crazy portrait of the confusion and studio politics that almost shut the production down. The shorter AMC Backstory is mostly redundant, but it challenges screenwriter Ring Lardner's claim that he respected the improvisations of Altman and his cast; according to this documentary, he hated them. M*A*S*H: History Through the Lens contrasts the film's anarchy with the real-life experiences of doctors and nurses from Korean War MASH units. Though a stirring director, Robert Altman is less than inspiring on the commentary track and his sporadic insights largely echo the documentaries. --Sean Axmaker

Product Description

It's set during the Korean War, in a mobile army surgical hospital. But no one seeing "M*A*S*H" in 1970 confused the film for anything but a caustic comment on the Vietnam War; this is one of the counterculture movies that exploded into the mainstream at the end of the '60s. Director Robert Altman had labored for years in television and sporadic feature work when this smash-hit comedy made his name (and allowed him to create an astonishing string of offbeat pictures, culminating in the masterpiece "Nashville"). Altman's style of cruel humor, overlapping dialogue, and densely textured visuals brought the material to life in an all-new kind of war movie (or, more precisely, antiwar movie). Audiences had never seen anything like it: vaudeville routines played against spurting blood, fueled with open ridicule of authority. The cast is led by Elliott Gould and Donald Sutherland, as the outrageous surgeons Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John McIntyre, with Robert Duvall as the uptight Major Burns and Sally Kellerman in an Oscar-nominated role as nurse "Hot Lips" Houlihan. The film's huge success spawned the long-running TV series, a considerably softer take on the material; of the film's cast, only Gary Burghoff repeated his role on the small screen, as the slightly clairvoyant Radar O'Reilly. "--Robert Horton"

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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suicide is Painless January 22, 2002
The Five-Star Collection is Fox Studios' top-of-the-line releases. Movies like French Connection have already made the list, and now Fox debuts the greatest anti-war movie of all time, M*A*S*H. The basis for the long-running TV series (which also debuted recently on DVD), M*A*S*H introduces us to the antics of Hawkeye Pierce (Donald Sutherland), Trapper John (Elliot Gould), Hot Lips (Sally Kellerman), and Radar (Gary Burghoff).
Altman's black comic masterpiece doesn't have a solid plot so much as a series of skits and sketches about life during the war. From golfing 5 miles from the front to suspension of marital promises to trying to figure out why people are dying all around, M*A*S*H handles the gruesomeness of stupidity of war in the only way possible - if you're not laughing, then you're going to be crying, so it's probably better to laugh.
And what a way to bring this classic to DVD - the movie has never looked so good. For being 30 years old, it looks great after Fox's extensive restoration and is presented in its original theatrical ratio of 2.35:1 with an anamorphic transfer. There's some grain here and there, but the colors are exceptionally vibrant, with great contrast on the blacks and whites especially. The sound mix is a decent DD 2.0, which is fine considering that the movie is mostly dialogue, but the lack of a more dynamic soundtrack was noticeable during the football game and any time there was music. There are enough extras to make up for it, though, including Altman's commentary track, three featurettes including A&E's "The Story of M*A*S*H" and a 30-year cast reunion that's both touching and funny.
The lack of the DD 5.1 soundtrack doesn't sully the otherwise pristine quality of the rest of this 2-disc set. It's a must have - get it now. Now, trooper! Now!
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Probably no cinematic comedy produced by Hollywood in the last half of the twentieth century is as irreverent, disdainful of authority, critical of war and its effects, and, incidentally, as funny as "M*A*S*H", that 1970 comedic masterpiece starring Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Gary Burghoff, and Sally Kellerman; written by Ring Lardner, Jr.; and directed by Robert Altman, in his directorial debut.
"M*A*S*H" is actually a very difficult film to review for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, it's darned near impossible to provide an adequate synopsis for readers who've never seen the movie. Because, unlike most modern films that contain a linear story line, an easy-to-follow plot, and well developed characters that one can either root for or vilify with ease, "M*A*S*H" is a film that can only be described as a series of loosely joined comic vignettes, featuring a set of very true-to-life characters that are all BOTH very likeable and flawed.
"M*A*S*H" is one of the best comedies ever made, and for good reason. It is genuinely funny. It is artistically produced; it contains great writing and acting; and it proclaims an important social message to viewers.
Having said all that, "M*A*S*H" is very likely NOT a movie that will appeal to everyone's tastes - even now, 32 years after it was first released. How the movie was written and produced has a lot to do with that fact.
As the story goes, the idea for producing a movie version "M*A*S*H" got its start when literary agent Ingo Preminger referred Dr. Richard Hooker's famous novel of the same name to 20th Century Fox executive Richard Zanuck. Zanuck enthusiastically supported the idea, hired Preminger as the movie's producer, and set out to find a screen writer and director. Ring Lardner Jr.
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81 of 89 people found the following review helpful
M*A*S*H is one of the zaniest and most intelligent satires ever produced by Hollywood. This is a war movie in which only two shots are fired -- as signals in a football game. It is a masterpiece of wider appeal -- even to veterans -- than is suggested by its setting in Korean War military hospitals, or by its director's explicit aim of promoting liberal opposition to the Vietnam war during the '60s and '70s.
The 2002 two-disk M*A*S*H special edition from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in many ways is a benchmark for DVD releases of cult movies. Picture and sound quality are high. The special feature content is entertaining and insightful.
This content includes extensive retrospective comment by director Robert Altman, producer Ingo Preminger, former studio boss Richard Zanuck, scriptwriter Ring Lardner Jr, actors including Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Sally Kellerman, Tom Skerritt, John Schuck and Gary Burghoff, and medical veterans of the Korean War. We see the 30th anniversary M*A*S*H reunion at Fox, and presentation of a studio life achievement award to Altman.
The special content gives fascinating insights into the driving half-mad genius that so often makes a great director, and of egos and bigheartedness in movie making.

Almost everyone, from the scriptwriter to the studio executives and the actors, lined up against the director at some time. Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould once even tried to get Altman fired, fearing that he would damage their careers. In the M*A*S*H special edition features they eat their words and graciously pay tribute to Altman. Former studio boss Richard Zanuck says that until Altman came along other directors were afraid of the screenplay or didn't like it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
The package arrived ahead of schedule and was in perfect condition. We haven't viewed all the DVd's yet, but so far they are all working well. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Katherine Daugherty
5.0 out of 5 stars funny movie
Anybody who has been the military will get a kick out of it. I remember pulling some pranks myself while in the service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FAMOUS TV PROGRAM
MASH is a most popular and enlightening TV series for all ages to really enjoy and cherish for a lifetime, and thanks, Amazon, for a great price!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! A classic!
No wonder why a hit television series was made! This movie hits all the great qualities of a classic! Highly recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo.
This is one of my all time favorite movies. There is not much more you can say about that done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great show, poor packaging
This review is for the bundle of the individual seasons and the movie. And I figure if you're considering spending $125. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Gary Dunaier
4.0 out of 5 stars MASH Series Set
The overall set was good. Some of the cases were broken where they held the DVDs in-I wasn't really surprised though. It was a decent price.
Published 8 days ago by Allen6868
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love!
Excellent series and fabulous price during the Gold box offer. Wanted this for a long time and now I have the entire series plus the movie!!
Published 8 days ago by Ursula
2.0 out of 5 stars No morrality
This is a very anti-war 70ish film. Lots of dirty remarks and immoral sexual scenes. Making fun of Christians is top on the list. Faith is presented as silly.
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