Arrow Video, with domestic sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has selected Mar. 3 as street date for a new Hi-Def Blu-ray presentation of auteur filmmaker Robert Altman’s 1996 double-kidnapping thriller, Kansas City.
Set in the mid-1930s, small-time grifter Johnny O’Hara (Dermot Mulroney) is kidnapped by hoodlum Seldom Seen (Harry Belafonte) and Blondie O’Hara (Jennifer Jason Leigh), Johnny’s wife, comes up with a unique solution to the problem. She kidnaps the drug-addled wife (Miranda Richardson) of a well-connected local politician (Michael Murphy) and blackmails him into helping her free Johnny.
Simple plan … it gets complicated in an Altmanesque way very quickly.
Bonus features include a vintage commentary from Robert Altman and two vintage featurettes — “Robert Altman Goes to the Heart of America” and “Kansas City: The Music.”
There is also a newly-filmed video appreciation with film critic Geoff Andrew (“The Films of Nicholas Ray: The Poet of Nightfall,” “Stranger Than Paradise: Maverick Film-Makers in Recent American Cinema,” etc.).