109+ min. Hal Ashby, dist. by Criterion Collection, www.criterion.com. 2018. DVD ISBN 9781681435060. $29.95; Blu-ray ISBN 9781681435053. $39.95. F
Beverly Hills hairdresser George Roundy (Warren Beatty) juggles the needs of his girlfriend (Goldie Hawn) and mistress (Lee Grant) while searching for financing to open his own salon in Ashby's (Coming Home; Being There) razor-sharp satire of laidback sexual mores. Released in 1975 but with the 1968 presidential election as the backdrop, the romantic exploits—including George's trysts with his mistress's daughter (Carrie Fisher) and his erstwhile lover (Julie Christie)—counterpoint the political duplicity in the offing. Riffing on his own reputation as a Hollywood Lothario, Beatty is perfectly cast—making his character's eventual comeuppance rather ironic. Scrubbed of the visual flaws of previous releases and accessorized with extras, the 4K-sourced makeover of this smart dramedy is ready for its close-up.
VERDICT For movie fans interested in revisiting a significant if not quite classic 1970s-era film. [See Trailers, LJ 9/1/18.]
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