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(aka "Three Women")

directed by Robert Altman
USA 1977

In a dusty, under-populated California resort town, Pinky Rose (Sissy Spacek), a nave and impressionable Southern waif begins her life as a nursing home attendant. There, Pinky finds her role model in fellow nurse "Thoroughly Modern" Millie Lammoreaux (Shelley Duvall), a misguided would-be sophisticate and hopeless devotee of Cosmopolitan and Woman's Day magazines. When Millie accepts Pinky into her home at the Purple Sage singles complex, Pinky's hero-worship evolves into something far stranger and more sinister than either could have anticipated. Featuring brilliant performances from Spacek and Duvall, Robert Altman's dreamlike masterpiece, 3 Women, careens from the humorous to the chilling to the surreal, resulting in one of the most unusual and compelling films of the 1970s.

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Theatrical Release: November 11th, 1977

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 230 - Region 1- NTSC Criterion Collection - Spine # 230 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:03:36  2:03:51.465
Video 2.31:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.65 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,000,890,692 bytes

Feature: 36,541,685,760 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate: DVD

 

Bitrate: Blu-ray

 

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby)  LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Subtitles English, None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion Collection

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 2.31:1

Edition Details:

• New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions
• Audio commentary by director Robert Altman
• Stills gallery of rare production and publicity photos
• Original theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: April 20th, 2004

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Chapters: 19

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion Collection

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,000,890,692 bytes

Feature: 36,541,685,760 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

 

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by director Robert Altman
• Stills gallery of rare production and publicity photos
• Original theatrical trailer / Teaser Trailer

 TV Spots
 

Blu-ray Release Date: September 13th, 2011
Transparent Blu-ray case
Chapters: 1
8

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NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - August 11': Not much to really say here - the visual improvement is more evident in-motion than the static screen captures but even there the 'scope' dynamic is more notable - as is detail and the integrity of the grain. There is less noise in the darker sequences.  The Blu-ray, with close to 5 times the bitrate, is certainly an improvement however the 2004 DVD was dual-layered and strong for that format. This 1080P was the best, and most film-like, I have seen Altman's 3 Women. It's haunting qualities seem all the more impacting.

Audio is lossless and authentically mono, English subtitles remain, supplements are duplicated from the Criterion's 7-year old SD with the Altman commentary, plus stills gallery, trailers and TV Spots. 

If you are a fan of the director and have a system that supports the a/v improvements - its seems like an easy choice.

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Once again Criterion gets high marks most every area - sharp, bright, great contrast - my only negative is that the colors look a little washed out, certainly not as vibrant as seen in past DVD releases, but we have been told that this is how the film was shown theatrically as well (Thanks Daryl). The Altman commentary is a huge bonus for his fans who will devour this DVD.  out of    

Gary W. Tooze


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