I’ve always been a sucker for virtually anything with Robert Altman’s name attached, and his 2001 Gosford Park is right at the top of the list, among the very best examples of his work.
I do have a problem with this otherwise magnificent release from Arrow, and best to get it out right off the top.
The film has not been restored.
One might never know that, as it looks perfect, but there has been no restoration.
That aside, this is a perfect release.
I’ve always had the feeling that that British film industry shut down during the film’s production, as there simply are no more actors that might have been available for other projects.
So many UK talents are attached to the film, that there’s no reason to list them. They’re pretty much all there.
Under the tutelage of Julian Fellowes, Gosford Park might be thought of as a run-up or test to his immensely popular series a decade later.
Image is perfect, with beautiful grain structure, color, stability.
Audio, likewise is a magnificent representation of Mr. Altman’s audio design, befitting his bespoke form of filmmaking.
For those who have never experienced Gosford Park, I suggest you grab a copy immediately. It’s about as perfect as cinema gets.
For those unaware of Mr. Altman’s work, you should be ashamed of yourselves.
Image – 5
Audio – 5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from earlier DVD – Yes, and its about time for this extraordinary film
Very Highly Recommended
For those who have never experienced Gosford Park, I suggest you grab a copy immediately. It's about as perfect as cinema gets.