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DVD & Blu-ray review: The Long Goodbye (18)

Robert Altman DVD/ Blu-ray (107mins)

Robert Altman subverts virtually all noir genre rules in this loose-limbed adaptation, updated to 1973 LA, of Raymond Chandler’s most satisfying Philip Marlowe mystery.

A laconic Elliott Gould,  who seems to spend the entire film speaking with a cigarette in his mouth, plays the cat-loving gumshoe who gives his flawed pal a lift  to Tijuana and ends up in  a heap of bother, involving Sterling Hayden’s sozzled author and some hoods (including, briefly, Arnie Schwarzenegger). Full of overlapping dialogue,  droll remarks and menace.