Blu-ray review: M*A*S*H*


MGM/Fox Home Entertainment
Release date: Sept 1, 2009
MSRP: $34.98

Theatrical release date: Jan 25th, 1970
Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Elliot Gould, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall, Tom Skerritt and Sally Kellerman
Writers: Richard Hooker (novel), Ring Lardner Jr. (screenplay)

M*A*S*H* will always hold a special place in my heart. Not only is it a damn good film, but it was my introduction to the late Robert Altman ( I was 11 at the time). To me, MASH is Altman at his best. Dialogue flying every which way in a film that not only thumbs it’s nose at authority, but also gives us close look at people in general.

For any heathens that are not familiar with MASH, it is about a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean Warr. Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould and Tom Skerritt play doctors that drink, have sex, joke and generally try to stay sane in the middle of chaos. Sally Kellerman is Hot Lips Hullahan and Robert Duvall is Major Frank Burns. The film spawned the massively successful television series.

The film does an incredible job of delivering legitimately funny humor, but also throwing the stark reality of the casualties of war in the face of the viewer. It is the epitome of anti-establishment, no shock since Altman spent the bulk of his career playing outside of the Hollywood system.

The transfer looks good. The film is presented in 1080p with a ratio of 2.35:1 and features English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, French and Spanish subtitles. Most of the extras are coming from the previous DVD releases.

Pick this up and reacquaint yourself with a funny, well-made film.

Order M*A*S*H* on Blu-ray.
Jeremy Lynch
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