The work of two great American artists merge in Short Cuts
, maverick director Robert Altmans kaleidoscopic adaptation of the stories of renowned author Raymond Carver. Epic in scale yet meticulously observed, the film interweaves the stories of twenty-two characters struggling to find solace and meaning in contemporary Los Angeles. The extraordinary ensemble cast includes Tim Robbins, Julianne Moore, Robert Downey, Jr., Jack Lemmon, and Jennifer Jason Leighall giving fearless performances in one of Altmans most compassionate creations.
The music and source materials of Robert Altman's masterpiece takes center stage in this Criterion edition, the third Altman film from the revered label in 2004. There is no commentary track, and the only new segment is a 25-minute candid conversation between Altman and actor Tim Robbins. The archival material runs the gamut from rich (an earthy 90-minute behind-the-scenes documentary) from banal (an hourlong biography of writer Raymond Carver). Better for Carver fans is an hourlong audio interview. Three short deleted scenes and song demos from Dr. John are included, plus an intriguing music-only track of the film. The best extra is a book that fits inside of the DVD slipcase of the 10 Carver writings that inspired the film. --Doug Thomas