Wes Anderson heads to Europe for the first time with this Indian Paintbrush production starring Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, and Jude Law. Gustav H., the famous concierge at a legendary hotel situated in the Alps during the 1930's becomes the center of a farcical whirlwind of suspicion when one of his institution's oldest and richest patrons turns up dead, and she suspiciously leaves him her most priceless work of art -- a Renaissance painting of a boy with an apple. Infuriated that she left anything of value to anyone else, the woman's greedy and nefarious heir uses all manner of underhanded and illegal tactics to pin her death on Gustav and to silence anyone who questions his objective of inheriting every penny of her estate, leaving Gustav's trusted lobby boy Zero to clear Gustav's name and prove that the grand lady's killer is none other than her own son.~Jeremy Wheeler
"The Making of "The Grand Budapest Hotel," a new documentary about the film
2k digital transfer, supervised by Director Wes Anderson
Behind-the-Scenes, Special-Effects, and test footage
New Audio Commentary featuring Anderson, filmmaker Roman Coppola, critic Kent Jones, and actor Jeff Goldblum
New interviews with the cast and crew
Plus: a 2014 essay by critic Richard Brody and a collectible poster
Selected-scene storyboard animatics
Video essays from 2015 and 2020 by critic Matt Zoller Seitz, and film scholar David Bordwell
Ralph FiennesM. Gustave
Bill MurrayM. Ivan
Tilda SwintonMadame D.
Jeff GoldblumDeputy Kovacs
Jason SchwartzmanM. Jean
F. Murray AbrahamMr. Moustafa
Mathieu AmalricSerge X.
Jude LawYoung Writer
Owen WilsonM. Chuck
Tony RevoloriZero Moustafa
Larry PineMr. Mosher
Giselda VolodiSerge's Sister
Volker Zack MichalowskiGünther
Bob BalabanM. Martin "The Society of the Crossed Keys"
Fisher StevensM. Robin "The Society of the Crossed Keys"
Wallace WolodarskyM. Georges "The Society of the Crossed Keys"
Waris AhluwaliaM. Dino "The Society of the Crossed Keys"
Marcel MazurAuthor's Grandson
Robert BienasAlpine Hiker
Manfred LindnerFront Desk (1968)
Steffan ScheumannHead Waiter (1968)
Uwe HoloubekSecond Waiter (1968)
Robin HurlstoneHerr Schneider
Rainer ReinersHerr Mendl
Piet PaesTaxi Driver
Roy MacreadyOld Man
John PeetYoung Man
Carl SpragueDistant Relation
Golo EulerLutz Police Militia
Matthias MatschkePrison Guard
Lennart MeyerLobby Boy
Hans AlfredsonLobby Boy
Manpreet GerlachLobby Boy
David AdamikLobby Boy
Lucas HedgesPump Attendant
Ed Munro"Boy with Apple" (Model)
Wes AndersonScreen Story
Alexandre DesplatComposer (Music Score)
Randall PosterMusical Direction/Supervision
Adam StockhausenProduction Designer
Gerald SullivanSupervising Art Director
Steve SummersgillArt Director
Charlie WoebckenExecutive Producer
Christoph FisserExecutive Producer
Henning MolfenterExecutive Producer
Yfat NeevExecutive Producer
Milena CanoneroCostume Designer
Pawel WdowczakSound Mixer
Christopher ScarabosioRe-Recording Mixer
Christopher ScarabosioSupervising Sound Editor
Frances HannonHair Designer
Frances HannonMakeup Designer
Wayne LemmerRe-Recording Mixer
Wayne LemmerSupervising Sound Editor
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Year of Release
Criterion Collection, DVD
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel, stereo
The Grand Budapest Hotel [Criterion Collection] [DVD] 
Gorgeous box art from top to bottom. Lots of great special features to justify the purchase, including the usual Criterion booklet with essays, etc. The disc plays very well on my 4K Blu-Ray player. Beautiful film, very entertaining.
In a fictional Republic of Zubrowka a clever concierge works schemes to achieve dreams. Many a-list actors add long or brief period piece performances to tell a comedic romantic tail laced in layers of intrigue and suspense. We can have a few drinks and enjoy the slapstick chic or notice details that intertwine over time to reveal what and who and why and how things got so crazy.
This is one of the best films I have ever seen. The cinematography is simpy beautiful, and the characters are so amazing and intriguing that they will carry you along this amazing journey. And the comedy aspect!! This film is truly funny when it has to be funny. If you enjoy great stories, terrific performances, and incredibly funny moments, then you need to watch this film.
This movie has excellent acting and directing. It's fast moving with authentic on-site filming. It begins in 1932 and shows the beginnings of socialistic expansion into Eastern Europe. It is a gradual take-over with some final scenes showing tanks and storm troopers. An intertwined story traces the history of the Grand Budapest Hotel with it's key "Lobby Boy" called Zero. His entire family had been shot near Tibet and he fled to Budapest. The people in this area are now coming under persecution and eventual take-over or extermination.
Another story is about a longtime wealthy vacationer or guest and her relationship to the hotel's conceriege, M. Gustave. She ends up being poisoned by her son but leaves everything to M. Gustave in a special will only executed upon her murder instead of natural death.
As M. Gustave is executed he leaves everything to Zero who takes over and continues the hotel as before although the numbers of guest are much lower.
I strongly recommend this film for it's acting, directing, and rare truthful historical plot. It is very relevant for today's times that undergo a "peaceful" process called "change" or "progress".
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a crazy cinema masterpiece that could only have come from the brilliant mind and creatively perefect vision of Wes Anderson. It's a kooky tale starring Ralph Fiennes in a unique and remarkable comic performance showcasing his magnificent talents. If that weren't enough, this is a motion picture to delight the eye and ear. Its zany tale unfolds through unforgettable performances by an endless line of so many fine actors, each having his or her moment of delight, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Roman and Tilda Swinton to name just a few, but the icing on the icing on the cake is from Tony Revolori, who's portrayal of Zero, M. Gustave's (Ralph Fiennes) devoted sidekick, is a sheer delight. To further impress the eye and ear, this is a film masterpiece of glorious scenic design, awesome cinematography and an Oscar-winning musical score by Alexandre Desplat, that one will never forget.
Cinema brilliance is extremely rare, yet when it happens, it becomes a motion picture the viewer will never forget. Without a doubt, this unbelievably memorable film comedy truly deserves to be preserved in the Criterion collection as true cinema genius. Bravo, Wes Anderson!