Robert Altman’s Kansas City Headlines Arrow Academy’s March Releases

Fans of Robert Altman‘s films have been waiting a longtime for this one. In March Arrow Academy will release the Blu-ray™ debut of a legendary auteur’s most underrated and idiosyncratic films…Kansas City.

Returning to the city of his birth for inspiration, maverick director Robert Altman helms an evocative, bullet-riddled tribute to the music and movies of his youth in Kansas City, a Depression-era gangster flick as only he could make one. With a top flight cast, including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dermot Mulroney, Harry Belafonte, and Miranda Richardson, the film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and featuring a remarkable soundtrack performed live by some of the best players in contemporary jazz.


Blondie O’Hara resorts to desperate measures when her low-level hood husband Johnny gets caught trying to steal from Seldom Seen , a local crime boss operating out of jazz haunt The Hey-Hey Club. Out on a limb, Blondie kidnaps laudanum-addled socialite Carolyn, hoping her influential politician husband can pull the right strings and get Johnny out of Seldom Seen’s clutches.

-High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
-Original 2.0 and 5.1 DTS-HD MA audio
-English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
-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
-Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Dr Nicolas Pillai, original press kit notes and an excerpt from Altman on Altman

Crime, Drama | 1996 | 15  | USA | 116 minutes | Colour | 1.78:1  | English SDH

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Paul Devine

The founder of The People's Movies, started the site 20th November 2008.The site has excelled past all expectations with many only giving the site months and it's still going strong. A lover of French Thrillers, Post Apocalyptic films, Asian cinema. 2009 started Cinehouse to start his 'cinema education' learning their is life outside mainstream cinema. Outside of film, love to travel with Sorrento, Guangzhou and Manchester all favourite destinations.Musically loves David Bowie, Fishbone, Radiohead.

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