Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson (Blu-ray) Indicator Ltd


An all-star cast – including Paul Newman, Burt Lancaster, Geraldine Chaplin, Joel Grey, Harvey Keitel, and Shelley Duvall – assembles for Robert Altman’s follow-up to his 1975 critical success, Nashville. Swapping the country-and-western scene for Buffalo Bill’s ‘Wild West’ shows of the late nineteenth century, the film is another of Altman’s pitch-perfect satires, offering a sidelong glance at the myths of America.

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Special Features

High Definition remaster
Two presentations of the film with its original ‘antique’ colour timing: the 124-minute director’s cut; and the shorter, 105-minute producer’s cut
Original stereo audio
From the Prairie to the Palace (1976, 5 mins): archival on-set documentary featuring rare footage of Altman and Paul Newman
Jim Webb on Robert Altman (2007, 22 mins): audio extracts from a presentation by the veteran sound mixer
Alternative French opening titles and closing credits (1976, 7 mins)
Seven silent films featuring Buffalo Bill and the stars of his Wild West shows, with musical accompaniment by Bernard Wrigley: Annie Oakley (1894, 14 secs); Parade of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, No. 1 (1898, 43 secs); Parade of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, No. 2 (1898, 2 mins); Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Parade (1902, 2 mins); Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Pawnee Bill’s Far East (1910, 13 mins); The Life of Buffalo Bill (1912, 27 mins); and Ford Animated Weekly (1916, 10 mins)
Original theatrical trailer
TV spot
Image galleries: publicity and promotional materials; and a selection of original Buffalo Bill posters and photographs
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Richard Combs, extracts from Altman on Altman, an overview of contemporary critical responses, Peter Stanfield on the silent films of Buffalo Bill, and film credits
UK premiere on Blu-ray
Limited edition of 3,000 copies