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M*A*S*H* (Soundtrack)
M*A*S*H* SEASON 1 Box-Set
M*A*S*H* SEASON 2 Box-Set
The Complete Book Of M*A*S*H*
M*A*S*H* (Original Novel)

M*A*S*H* Review

Directed By: Robert Altman.
The Movie Features: Elliott Gould, Donald Sutherland, Sally Kellerman, Tom Skerritt, Robert Duvall and Bud Cort.

Starring: Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr, Gary Burghoff, Mike Farrell, Larry Linville, Harry Morgan, Wayne Rogers, McLean Stevenson and David Ogden Stiers.

Synopsis: Made back in 1970 (thirty years ago and the film still is remarkable fresh compared to some of the fodder of today) M*A*S*H was a ground-breaking comedy. Mixing the dark horror of war with the even darker side of hospital/war humour. This movie may still seem an odd jump for those who only viewed the series but this is heavy duty stuff folks. Altman's layered dialogue, the haunting theme song 'Suicide is Painless' and one helluva hysterically rigged football game. this flick just gets better with each watch.

Now I've gone and done something Robert Altman would probably shoot me for, putting his film on the same page as the TV series...apparently he was not a fan of the series. I'd feel bad about that but it's not as if Altman himself is going to call me up and give me hell for it. Besides, it makes it easier to find all the M*A*S*H stuff it's on one page, n'est pas? Besides, I loved the movie and I loved the you are stuck with it. (See the DVD review below for complete episode listing of M*A*S*H* - Season 1)

Two bits of trivia:

Gary Burghoff was the only one of the original cast members who followed the big screen version down to the small screen. A role he played until 1979 (the show went off the air in 1983).

Roger Bowen, who played Lt. Col. Henry Blake, died of a heart attack on 16 February 1996. The day before that, 15 February, McLean Stevenson, who played Lt. Col. Henry Blake on the TV series, died of the same cause.

Copyright© Written By: Rob Paul

DVD Information:

Special Features on M*A*S*H* the MOVIE:

Disc 1: Commentary by Robert Altman
AMC Backstory Featurette
Still Gallery
Theatrical Trailer

Disc 2: Enlisted: The Story Of M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H: History Through The Lens
M*A*S*H Reunion
Film Restoration
M*A*S*H Portuguese Trailer Easter Egg

Video: Widescreen 2.35:1 (Anamorphic)

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono

Special Features on Season 1: (A 3 Disc Set)

Interactive Menus
Scene Selection

Video: Standard 1.33:1 Audio:
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono

The DVD Review:
M*A*S*H* The movie version of M*A*S*H* (I'm sick of typing those asterisks) is a fully loaded disc with commentary by Altman and it is completely restored. How can you go wrong?

However, the Box-Set of Season is a disappointment. No commentary? Come on! Where is Alan Alda? It's not like he's busy tearing up the big screens anymore although I do love his little science/nature show on PBS. You telling me he couldn't spend a couple of weeks making our lives that much better with some interesting commentary? I'm sure Burghoff and Farr would have loved to participated. For shame!

However, for your reading enjoyment, here are the episodes listed on Season 1 (remember, it is a three disc set): M*A*S*H - The Pilot, To Market, to Market, Requiem for a Lightweight, Chief Surgeon Who?, The Moose, Yankee Doodle Doctor, Bananas, Crackers and Nuts, Cowboy, Henry, Please Come Home, I Hate A Mystery, Germ Warfare, Dear Dad, Edwina, Love Story, Tuttle, The Ringbanger, Sometimes You Hear the Bullet, Dear Dad, Again, The Long-John Flap, The Army-Navy Game, Sticky Wicket, Major Fred C. Dobbs, Cease-Fire, Showtime.

Now a couple of these first episodes were a little rough but it didn't take them long to hit their stride, especially with such episodes as Sometimes You Hear the bullet and Dear Dad where the writers managed to find that fine line between comedy and drama that made the show run for 11 years.

I can honestly say though, the nicest thng about this box-set of M*A*S*H* episodes is the fact that they dropped that stupid laff-track. Sure it never appeared during the O.R. scenes but it cropped up every other time...yeah, like there was studio audience on this one. Gimmee a break!

Evil Ash

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