Published On: July 5, 2009

Robert Altman's M*A*S*H Coming To Blu-ray

Published On: July 5, 2009

Robert Altman's M*A*S*H Coming To Blu-ray

Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John did not begin life after all as Alan Alda and Wayne Rogers on the long-lived CBS sitcom. Actually, they were characters in a novel, but they were made famous by Robert Altman's acclaimed feature film M*A*S*H, which led to the series.

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The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is shaken up by the arrival of Captains Hawkeye Pierce and Duke Forrest, amazing surgeons but lousy soldiers, who deal with the daily carnage of the war by raising hell, as M*A*S*H ten-huts onto Blu-ray Disc September 1st from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Directed by Academy Award® nominee Robert Altman (Gosford Park), the film's screenplay was written by Oscar® winner Ring Lardner Jr (Woman of the Year) based on the novel by Richard Hooker.

The original feature film inspired the popular television series of the same name and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Garnering both Oscar® * and Golden Globe® ** awards, the film stars acclaimed actors Donald Sutherland (The Italian Job), Tom Skerritt ("Picket Fences"), Elliott Gould (Ocean's Thirteen) and Robert Duvall (The Apostle). Hawkeye (Sutherland) and Duke (Skerritt) are joined by renowned thoracic surgeon Trapper John McIntyre (Gould) and Major Frank Burns (Duvall) as M*A*S*H juxtaposes gory operating room procedures with anti-establishment humor, all set against the backdrop of the Korean War.

The M*A*S*H Blu-ray Disc features an array of bonus features including an interactive guide, directory commentary, historical featurette, cast and crew reunion, galleries and more and will be available for the suggested retail price of $34.99 U.S. / $37.99 Canada.

* 1971, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Materials from Another Medium
** 1971, Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy

Synopsis:
One of the worlds most acclaimed comedies, M*A*S*H focuses on three Korean War Army surgeons brilliantly brought to life by Donald Sutherland, Tom Skerritt and Elliott Gould. Though highly skilled and deeply dedicated, they adopt a hilarious, lunatic lifestyle as an antidote to the tragedies of their Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, and in the process infuriate Army bureaucrats. Robert Duvall, Gary Burghoff and Sally Kellerman co-star as a sanctimonious Major, an otherworldly Corporal, and a self-righteous yet lusty nurse.

Blu-ray Disc Specs:
The M*A*S*H Blu-ray Disc is presented in widescreen format 2.35:1 aspect ratio with English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, French and Spanish subtitles. Bonus features include:
o The Complete Interactive Guide to M*A*S*H
o Audio commentary by director Robert Altman
o Theatrical trailer
o AMC Backstory - M*A*S*H Enlisted: The Story of M*A*S*H Through the Lens
o M*A*S*H Reunion
o Still gallery
o BD+ BD Live ready bootstrap

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