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Kansas City (Blu-ray) R

Kansas City, 1934. Anything could happen here. One night it did.
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Format:  Blu-ray
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 56 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: March 3, 2020
  • Originally Released: 1996
  • Label: Arrow Academy
  • Note: High Definition 1080p
    • SDH English subtitles
    • Audio commentary by director Robert Altman
    • Newly filmed appreciation by critic Geoff Andrew
    • Gare, Trains et Déraillement, a 2007 visual essay by French critic Luc Lagier, plus short introduction to the film narrated by Lagier
    • Robert Altman Goes to the Heart of America and Kansas City: The Music, two 1996 promotional featurettes including interviews with cast and crew
    • Electronic press kit interviews with Altman, Leigh, Richardson, Belafonte and musician Joshua Redman, plus behind-the-scenes footage
    • Four theatrical trailers
    • TV spots
    • Image gallery
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Edited by
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Director of Photography:
Executive Production by

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 35


User Ratings: 2,067
Rating: 3/4 -- All of the characters act as if somebody might come along someday and make a movie about them. And Altman, who made the movie, gets his chance to sit in at last on one of those cutting sessions. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Jan 1, 2000
...Brimming over with vibrant, vital music....Jazz lovers, rejoice...
Rolling Stone
Aug 22, 1996
Rating: B -- Altman looks back at his hometown in an unsentimental, hard-nosed way. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Feb 5, 2006
Rating: C+ -- A minor Altman work that can't bridge the gap between larger issues--inequality, American politics--and intimate narrative about two women, well played by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Miranda Richardson. Full Review
Sep 21, 2007
Rating: 3/4 -- Robert Altman brings us an effective, if minor, crime film filled with the jazz sounds of Count Basie and Lester Young. Full Review
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
...[Altman] choreographs a swell story....So much is satisfying...
Entertainment Weekly
Aug 23, 1996
Altman loves to explode movie genres, and his script, co-written with Frank Barhydt, fuses the classic '30s screwball comedy and crime film. Full Review
Jan 18, 2013

Product Description:

Robert Altman's hometown gets the director's signature treatment in this jazz-infused mobster tale set in the 1930s. KANSAS CITY takes place in the jazz-drenched, depression-era milieu of the eponymous city, focusing on a 24-hour relationship between two extremely different women. Trashy, brassy and uneducated Blondie O'Hara (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is desperately searching for her equally lowlife husband Jack (Dermot Mulroney) who has been captured by the vicious Seldom Seen (Harry Belafonte) after attempting to rob one of his casino's greatest losers. In a move typical of her off-kilter personality, Blondie kidnaps Carolyn Stilton (Miranda Richardson), a rich, unhappy, drug-using socialite, and drags her around town as she searches for Jack. The experience these disparate women endure provides insight into themes Altman often explores in his films, including class differences, and the hypocrisy and delusion he finds extant in American culture. As in Altman's prior films--notably NASHVILLE and SHORT CUTS--he includes a terrific musical backdrop to add depth to the story. Assembling a who's who of modern jazz greats, KANSAS CITY captures perhaps some of the most invigorating musical performances that have been committed to celluloid, including an unforgettable tenor saxophone duel between James Carter and Joshua Redman.

Plot Synopsis:

Robert Altman's hometown gets the director's signature treatment--exploring themes such as class differences, and the hypocrisy and delusion he finds extant in American culture--in this jazz-infused mobster tale set in the 1930s. When a small-time gangster crosses the town's mob kingpin and subsequently gets taken prisoner, his movie-mad wife kidnaps a drug-addled society woman in hopes of forcing a captive swap. Contemporary jazz musicians provide the evocative score in this atmospheric period piece.


Production Notes:

  • KANSAS CITY was released theatrically on August 16, 1996.
  • The film was shot on location in Kansas City, Missouri, director Robert Altman's hometown.
  • The film was shown in competition at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Golden Palm.
  • Musicians who came together to perform at the recreated Hey-Hey Club: Kevin Mahogany (vocalist); Russell Malone and Mark Whitfield (guitar); Victor Lewis (drums); Geri Allen and Cyrus Chestnut (piano); Ron Carter, Tyrone Clarke, and Christian McBride (bass); James Carter, Craig Handy, David Murray, and Joshua Redman (tenor saxophone); Jesse Davis and David 'Faithhead' Newman Jr. (alto saxophone); Don Byron (clarinet/baritone saxophone); Olu Dara, Nicholas Payton, and James Zollar (trumpet); Curtis Fowlkes and Clark Gayton (trombone).

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