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