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  • Actors: Carol Burnett, Desi Arnaz Jr., Paul Newman, Vittorio Gassman, Donald Sutherland
  • Directors: Robert Altman
  • Writers: Allan F. Nicholls, Frank Barhydt, John Considine, Lionel Chetwynd, Patricia Resnick
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 470 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E6ESFS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,814 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Robert Altman Collection (M*A*S*H / A Perfect Couple / Quintet / A Wedding)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1 "MASH (single disc)":
  • Audio: English: Stereo & Mono / French: Mono
  • Subtitled: English & Spanish
  • Special Features: Commentary with Robert Altman, AMC Backstory Featurette, Still Gallery and Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc 2 "A Perfect Couple":
  • Audio: English: Stereo / Spanish: Mono
  • Special Features: Perspective on Altman's Perfect Couple, Theatrical Trailer, Fox Flix: A Wedding, Quintet, & MASH
  • Disc 3 "Quintet":
  • Audio: English: Mono & Stereo / French: Mono / Spanish: Mono
  • Special Features: Developing the World of Quintet, Theatrical Trailer, Fox Flix: A Wedding, A Perfect Couple, & MASH
  • Disc 4 "A Wedding":
  • Audio: English: Stereo / French: Mono / Spanish: Mono
  • Subtitles: English & Spanish
  • Special Features: A Wedding Altman Style, Theatrical Trailer, & Fox Flix: Quintet, A Perfect Couple, & MASH

Editorial Reviews

Episode Description: Disc 1 "MASH (single disc)": Rating: R Audio: English: Stereo & Mono / French: Mono Subtitled: English & Spanish Special Features: Commentary with Robert Altman, AMC Backstory Featurette, Still Gallery and Theatrical Trailer

Disc 2 "A Perfect Couple": Rating: PG Audio: English: Stereo / Spanish: Mono Subtitled: English & Spanish Special Features: Perspective on Altman's Perfect Couple, Theatrical Trailer, Fox Flix: A Wedding, Quintet, & MASH

Disc 3 "Quintet": Rating: R Audio: English: Mono & Stereo / French: Mono / Spanish: Mono Subtitled: English & Spanish Special Features: Developing the World of Quintet, Theatrical Trailer, Fox Flix: A Wedding, A Perfect Couple, & MASH

Disc 4 "A Wedding": Rating: PG Audio: English: Stereo / French: Mono / Spanish: Mono Subtitles: English & Spanish Special Features: A Wedding Altman Style, Theatrical Trailer, & Fox Flix: Quintet, A Perfect Couple, & MASH

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Gary Lee Morrison on February 26, 2006
Format: DVD
Finally a boxed set that includes - aside from MASH - some of Robert Altman's underrated great films. Perhaps the most underrated of all of Altman's films is the great "Quintet", which you cannot find on DVD except for this collection, and the collection is worth it to have yet another look at "Quintet". It is a narrative film of the future, stark, bleak, existentialist. The film sets a mood, beginning with Paul Newman trudging through white snowy landscapes in search of someone whom he finds in one of the few remaining, if not last remaining, human habitations in this post-apocalyptic frozen landscape, but who is suddenly murdered bringing Newman's character into the bizarre world of the inhabitants caught up in the life and death tag game of Quintet. Fascinating, moody characters inhabiting this defined and multi-textured enclosed interior of a last outpost of human habitation. Well acted, exquisite cinematography, and for those who stick with it Quintet is a creative original masterwork that stays in the mind long after first viewing. To get this finally on DVD in a boxed set with the brilliant "Mash"

is almost too good to be true.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Doug Anderson VINE VOICE on July 30, 2006
Format: DVD
This collection includes the four films Altman made for MGM. M*A*S*H is a certified classic and needs no further commentary so I'll just offer my thoughts on the other three films that are included.

A WEDDING: This is Altman's most exciting ensemble project since NASHVILLE. Thats a good thing. But where NASHVILLE is an elaborately structured and multi-layered narrative with large public and private themes A WEDDING is a much less structured and much more spurious affair. Its also much more uneven. I would describe this film as a three ringed vaudevillian circus with no ringmaster and an open bar because it is Altman's loosest project since BREWSTER MCCLOUD or at least it seems that way. Altman may have firm control over everything that happens on screen but it feels like the controlling purpose or thesis of the film is not to have one. But thats the reason the film is so exciting to watch. It seems like anything can happen from one moment to the next and that keeps you interested. Altman has assembled a fun cast but with no obvious stars and so this absence of a hierarchy of talent allows you to spread your interest evenly from Lauren Hutton to Carol Burnett to Pat McCormak to Pam Dawber etc.... Its a fun film that you will watch and enjoy many times.

QUINTET: This is a difficult film to like because its so austere. Certainly including this film in a package that includes M*A*S*H and A WEDDING makes an excellent case for Altman's willingness to experiment with alternative narratives and styles. I would say its austerity turns me off less than the fact that the characters just don't seem to interest Altman as much as the ideas.
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First off, I have a love/hate relationship with Altman's films. I see each and EVERY one I can but I don't love every one and many leave me baffled or feeling totally alienated from whatever "message" or "vision" ALtman had at the time. More than few feel like experiments in the making, something he created to get to a point where he could make a film based on what he learned on a previous film.

Needless to say, the studios often had a less than kind attitude about the varying effect of his films on audiences - and the unpredictable box office profits.

Watching some of his film can be frustrating (because his great films are SO great!) that I find myself going back again and again to watch the films I didn't like, trying to give him another chance, trying to figure out what I could be missing.

So those who buy this collection of films may find themselves, as I was, totally smitten with Mash (one of my favorite films, period,) and have varied reactions to the others.

If "popular" opinion matters to you, actual viewers who commented on these films,(the kind written by your average moviegoer, not a critic or collector of obscure or unusual films) didn't relate to Quintet and had mixed feelings about A Pefect Couple and A Wedding. None of them were the solid hit that Mash was.

If you are a collector, you'll want to get this set if only because the earlier films may become even harder to find than they already are. Mash will probably remain pretty easy to get, one way or another (and it shows up on tv a lot) but the others are shown less often, although I'm sure there'll be a retrospective at some point, with some major tv airing - perhaps TNT has already done so.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gerstbrein on April 21, 2006
Format: DVD
It's nice for viewers to have "Quintet" and "A Wedding," two of Altman's more (relatively speaking) obscure films on DVD for the first time. Actually, "A Wedding" (a wildly uneven but frequently hilarious satire) did okay at the boxoffice but "Quintet," a challenging futuristic thriller, was a colossal bomb, critically drubbed, but that's not to say it's not an interesting curio, especially for fans of the director. "A Perfect Couple" is a slight but charming and offbeat romantic comedy that barely made a blip in theatres. I'd prefer to see "Brewster McCloud" and "Thieves Like Us" on DVD, but they belong to another studio (MGM). Hopefully they will eventually be made available as well. This collection gets a cumulative 4 stars..."M*A*S*H" is the only bona-fide classic of the set, but the others are all worth seeing at least once.
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