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Directed by Robert Altman
USA 1976

 

From director Robert Altman (The Long Goodbye) comes an uproarious, high-spirited look at "Buffalo Bill" Cody, the legendary Western adventurer. With a fine cast that includes Paul Newman, Harvey Keitel, Burt Lancaster, Joel Grey and Geraldine Chaplin, Buffalo Bill And The Indians is a hilarious yet poignant comedy that shows the Old West as you've never seen it before! Although Buffalo Bill (Newman) has fought Indians and Civil War battles, nothing can prepare him for his newest challenge; show business! His Wild West Show is hugely popular, but when he signs a former enemy, Sioux Chief Sitting Bull, for a featured role, a hysterical clash of cultures reverberates far beyond the boundaries of their sprawling outdoor theater. And the complications only multiply when the troupe discovers it must put on a special command performance - for none other than the President of the United States!

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Altman's continuing fascination with the lunatic reality underlying America's popular myths finds an obvious subject in Buffalo Bill. William F. Cody was a nonentity who utilized the heroic Western image of 'Buffalo Bill' to create a capitalist showbiz enterprise grossing a million a year. With typical fast-paced wit, Altman focuses on Cody's blinkered, scatter-brained retinue, contrasting their alcoholic self-deception with the mystical reality and strength of the Indians destroyed in their grand distortion of history. Some of it comes off well, and Newman is superb. But the film shows tiresome signs of its origins as a stage play (by Arthur Kopit), and the good moments aren't quite enough to make up for its overall predictability.

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE

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Theatrical Release: June 1976 (Berlin International Film Festival)

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Runtime 2:03:33.697        

Theatrical 2:03:51.465

European version: 1:44:33.850 

Video

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,789,496,611 bytes

Feature: 23,170,283,520 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,517,705,527 bytes

Theatrical: 31,655,847,936 bytes

European: 27,224,267,328 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.44 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Kino Blu-ray:

Bitrate Indicator Theatrical Blu-ray:

Bitrate Indicator European Blu-ray:

Audio DTS-HD Master Audio English 1632 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1632 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1688 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1688 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, None English (SDH), None
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2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,789,496,611 bytes

Feature: 23,170,283,520 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

"From the Prairie to the Palace" Featurette (4:33)
Teaser Trailer (1:45)
Original Trailer (2:28)


Blu-ray Release Date:
December 9th, 2014

Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8

Release Information:
Studio:
Indicator

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,517,705,527 bytes

Theatrical: 31,655,847,936 bytes

European: 27,224,267,328 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.44 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Two presentations of the film: the original theatrical cut distributed in the US and UK (124 minutes); and the shorter European cut (104 minutes)
Original mono audio
From the Prairie to the Palace (1976): archival on-set documentary featuring rare footage of Robert Altman and Paul Newman (4:33)
Interview with Jim Webb (2020): the sound mixer discusses his work on the film (22:03)
French Title and Credit Sequence (6:56)
Seven silent films featuring Buffalo Bill and the stars of his Wild West shows, with optional musical accompaniment by Bernard Wrigley: Annie Oakley (1895); Parade of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, No. 1 (1898); Parade of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, No. 2 (1898); Buffalo Bill's Wild West Parade (1902); Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Pawnee Bill's Far East (1910); The Life of Buffalo Bill Parts I-III (1912); and Ford Animated Weekly (1916) (52:51)
Original theatrical trailer (2:28)
Teaser trailer
TV spot (0:31)
Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Richard Combs, extracts from Altman on Altman, an overview of contemporary critical responses, Peter Stanfield on the silent films of Buffalo Bill, and film credits


Blu-ray Release Date:
December 14th, 2020
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

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

ADDITION: Indicator Blu-ray (December 2020): Indicator have transferred Robert Altman's Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson to Blu-ray. It is advertised as a "High Definition remaster" and it remarkably different from the Kino 1080P transfer from 2014. The heavy brown and richer, deeper colors are not solely from the higher bitrate or dual-layering. While in comparison it may look overly 'earthy' - it played fine on my system looking quite pleasing.  The "antique" appearance is intentional and hasn't been seen outside the original theatrical release.

 Indicator offer two presentations of the film: the original theatrical cut distributed in the US and UK (124 minutes); and the shorter European cut (104 minutes) seamlessly branched with the same image quality for both HD presentations.  

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For the audio on their Blu-ray, Indicator also use a DTS-HD Master - but in 24-bit - in the original English language. It advances a notch in bass over the 16-bit Kino. The score is by Richard Baskin plus there is the fanfare of the Wild West shows sounding intentionally scattered and unprofessional. Indicator also offer optional English subtitles but their Blu-ray is Region 'B'-locked.

Aside from the two presentations of the film, the Indicator Blu-ray has the same 1976 archival on-set documentary featuring rare footage of Robert Altman and Paul Newman entitled "From the Prairie to the Palace". Indicator add new supplements including a new (2020) interview with Jim Webb, the sound mixer who discusses his work on the film for over 22-minutes. There is the 7-minute 'French Title and Credit Sequence' plus almost an hour's worth of seven silent films featuring Buffalo Bill and the stars of his Wild West shows, with optional musical accompaniment by Bernard Wrigley: Annie Oakley (1895); Parade of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, No. 1 (1898); Parade of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, No. 2 (1898); Buffalo Bill's Wild West Parade (1902); Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Pawnee Bill's Far East (1910); The Life of Buffalo Bill Parts I-III (1912); and Ford Animated Weekly (1916.) Lastly, are an original theatrical trailer, TV spot and image gallery of promotional and publicity materials. The package has a limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Richard Combs, extracts from Altman on Altman, an overview of contemporary critical responses, Peter Stanfield on the silent films of Buffalo Bill, and film credits

Paul Newman is wonderful in Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson. The film has Altman's sardonic edge - a cynical and funny film - in the director's own haphazard storytelling methods. Not the director's best, and not to all tastes, but the Indicator Blu-ray gives a different 1080P presentation of Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson with interesting extras including the hour's worth of silent Wild West shows. Recommended to Altman completists.

Gary Tooze

 


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