Sep 092021

Nashville is a lengthy but ultimately decent ensemble musical-drama-comedy from Robert Altman and features David Arkin, Barbara Baxley, Ned Beatty, Karen Black, Keith Carradine, Shelley Duvall, Jeff Goldblum amongst many, many others.



— Paramount Presents —

Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, Musical
Paramount| R – 160 min. – $24.99 | August 10, 2021

Date Published: 09/09/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Robert Altman
Writer(s): Joan Tewkesbury (written by)
Cast: David Arkin, Barbara Baxley, Ned Beatty, Karen Black, Keith Carradine, Shelley Duvall, Scott Glenn, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Murphy, Lily Tomlin

Features: Commentary, Featurette, Theatrical Trailer
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English SDH, English, French
Disc Size: 48.39 GB
Total Bitrate: 37.31 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C (untested)

Paramount provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


The lives of numerous people in the Tennessee capital intersect in unpredictable ways. Delbert Reese (NED BEATTY) is a lawyer and political organizer who is having difficulties in his marriage to Linnea (Lily LILY TOMLIN), a gospel vocalist. Other performers heavily featured in this renowned ensemble production include country singers Barbara Jean (RONEE BLAKLEE) and Connie White (KAREN BLACK), who are rivals in the city’s thriving music scene.



This is #24 in the Paramount Presents line and comes with a slip cover and a foldout front with the original poster artwork. Inside is a redemption code for the Digital HD copy. Other than the commentary, none of the features from the Criterion Collection were ported over.

Audio Commentary by Director Robert Altman

24 Tracks: Robert Altman’s Nashville (15:56) is a new featurette on the ensemble cast with an archival interview with Altman and new one with his son, Stephen Altman who worked with his father on Nashville.

Theatrical Trailer (2:12)


VIDEO – 4¾/5

Paramount releases Nashville onto Blu-ray with, according to the back cover, a new 1080p high-definition transfer, culled from a 4K scan of the original elements. The picture looks great, detail was sharp and well defined throughout with the natural film grain has been retained, while colors are bright and well balanced. I did not notice any apparent or obvious signs of film damage, dust marks, or scratches.

AUDIO – 4½/5

The disc comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and presumably it’s a similar or exact to the one from the Criterion release back in 2016, which isn’t a bad thing since it does sound great especially with the variety of music and songs playing through the lengthy running time. Dialogue comes across with good clarity and there is some modest depth for some scenes, like the political van driving throughout the town espousing talking points, etc.




Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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