|Out on:||Blu-Ray 26th Nov. 2018|
If you’re not prepared to wait for the Downton Abbey movie, now is the perfect time to take a look into writer Julian Fellowes’ earlier foray into costume drama - the critically lauded Gosford Park which won him his Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2002. Directed by Robert Altman, the Agatha Christie-esque whodunit is a star-studded examination of the British class system that will keep you guessing until the very last moment.
Robert Altman (MASH, The Long Goodbye, Nashville, Short Cuts)
Julian Fellowes (TV’s Downton Abbey, The Young Victoria)
Helen Mirren (The Queen, Hitchcock, Calendar Girls)
Maggie Smith (TV’s Downton Abbey, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
Michael Gambon (The Harry Potter films, TV’s Emma)
Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Only God Forgives)
Charles Dance (The Imitation Game, TV’s Game of Thrones, TV’s Bleak House)
Jeremy Northam (Emma, An Ideal Husband, Netflix’s The Crown)
Ryan Phillippe (Crash, Cruel Intentions, The Lincoln Lawyer)
TEA AT FOUR. DINNER AT EIGHT. MURDER AT MIDNIGHT.
In 2001, Robert Altman (MASH, The Long Goodbye) took the unexpected step into Agatha Christie territory with Gosford Park, a murder-mystery whodunit set in an English country house. Starring a host of British acting greats and with an Oscar-winning screenplay by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, it would become a huge success with audiences and critics alike.
Set in 1932, the action unfolds during a weekend shooting party hosted by William McCordle (Michael Gambon), and his wife Lady Sylvia (Kristin Scott Thomas) at his estate, Gosford Park. Among the guests are friends, relatives, the actor and composer Ivor Novello (Jeremy Northam), and an American film producer (Bob Balaban). When Sir William is found murdered in the library, everyone – and their servants – becomes a suspect.
Also starring Charles Dance, Richard E. Grant, Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Maggie Smith, Emily Watson and many more, Altman produced another masterpiece deserving to be ranked alongside Nashville and Short Cuts as one his finest forays into ensemble drama.
We like it because:
A film as superb as Gosford Park fully deserves the Arrow Academy treatment - presented in a gorgeous brand new 2K restoration from a 4K scan carried out by Arrow Films exclusively for this release (and approved by Director of Photography Andrew Dunn).
The film was a surprise winner in the Oscars’ Best Original Screenplay category back in 2002, pipping Memento and The Royal Tenenbaums to the post. It was also nominated for six others: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress for Maggie Smith, Best Supporting Actress for Helen Mirren, Best Art Direction, and Best Costume Design.
Gosford Park thoroughly deserves each and every one of those nods. Clever, scintillating and outright beautiful, it’s a film that gives more and more on each viewing, as Altman’s directorial style perfectly complements Fellowes’ witty and insightful writing, leading an outstanding ensemble cast to some of their best ever performances.
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Sheila O’Malley and an archive interview with Robert Altman
- Brand new 2K restoration from a 4K scan, carried out by Arrow Films exclusively for this release, supervised and approved by director of photography Andrew Dunn
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Audio commentary by director Robert Altman, production designer Stephen Altman and producer David Levy
- Audio commentary by writer-producer Julian Fellowes
- Brand-new audio commentary by critics Geoff Andrew and David Thompson (author of Altman on Altman)
- Introduction by critic Geoff Andrew
- Brand new cast and crew interviews recorded exclusively for this release
- The Making of Gosford Park, archive featurette
- Keeping Gosford Park Authentic, archive featurette
- Q&A Session with Altman and the cast
- Fifteen deleted scenes with optional Altman commentary
- Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
Production Year: 2001
Number of Discs: 1
Subtitles: English SDH
Audio: 5.1 DTS-MA
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1