That Cold Day in the Park - On Limited Edition Blu-ray

Out on:Blu-Ray 8th April 2024

Made after years of directing television and industrial films – and just one year before his commercial breakthrough with MASH – Robert Altman’s underrated psychosexual chiller That Cold Day in the Park, arguably the first true ‘Altman film’, is a stylish harbinger of the themes that would resonate through many of the director’s later masterpieces such as Images and 3 Women.

On a cold and rainy day, Frances Austen (Sandy Dennis, Academy Award winner for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), a reclusive virgin sheltered from the sexual revolution happening outside her door, suddenly becomes obsessed with an enigmatic 19 year-old boy she sees sitting on a park bench. Inviting him into her apartment to be bathed and fed, Frances’ repressed fantasies soon violently boil over into a dangerous and disturbing desire to keep the boy in her clutches… no matter what.

Adapted from Richard Miles’ novel by British author Gillian Freeman (The Leather Boys), Altman expertly turns the screws in this suspenseful tale of sexual repression, the chilly Vancouver locations vividly photographed by László Kovács the same year he lensed Easy Rider, and accompanied by a haunting score from Johnny Mandel, just before he co-wrote the anthem “Suicide Is Painless” for Altman’s next film.


• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tom Ralston
• Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Brad Stevens, Anna Bogutskaya and James Flower, original press notes including an essay by Altman, and an excerpt from David Thompson’s Altman on Altman


• High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
• Original lossless mono audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• New audio commentary by critic Samm Deighan
• Isolated music and effects track in lossless mono
• Crazy in the Rain: Altman’s Vancouver, a newly produced featurette revisiting the locations by Kier-La Janisse, author of House of Psychotic Women
• Archive interview with film critic and historian David Thompson, author of Altman on Altman
• Extended scenes from a pre-release print of the film, never seen on home video before
• Over ten minutes of behind-the-scenes footage featuring Altman and Dennis, from the archives of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
• Theatrical trailer
• Image gallery


• High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation of a newly extended 114-minute version of the film re-integrating previously deleted material from a surviving pre-release print
• Original lossless mono audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

Barcode: 5027035026541
Cat number: FCD2494
Format: Blu-ray
UK Release date: 8/4/2024
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Region coding: B
Runtime: 107 / 114 MINS
Discs: 2
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: Mono 1.0
Colour: Colour
Director: Robert Altman
Cast: Sandy Dennis, Michael Burns, Susanne Benton
Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH
Rating: 15



Arrow Video
Release date
8th April, 2024


Robert Altman